Thursday, 6 September 2018

Vilnius, Lithuania
Šnipiškės District (Konstitucijos prospektas 9)

Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, is known for its baroque architecture, seen especially in its medieval Old Town. But the buildings lining this district’s partially cobblestoned streets reflect diverse styles and eras, from the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral to Gothic St. Anne’s Church. The 16th-century Gate of Dawn, containing a shrine with a sacred Virgin Mary icon, once guarded an entrance to the original city.

Šnipiškės District (also known as New City Center) is a neighborhood in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania Located on the north bank of the river Neris, it is the site of Vilnius’ new business district. Several skyscrapers and the Europa Tower business center have been erected since the turn of the millennium. Although until recently the area was just a small village north of Vilnius proper, it continues to be expanded with plans for modern commercial and apartment complexes. Šnipiškės is also home to the Kalvarijos Market.

I had the random thought yesterday of adding a short description of each city I visit to this travel blog. Locate the description right at the top, under the address of where I’m staying. Easy for me to cut and paste the text from Google, but will help readers, and me too, with a descriptive note of the city I visited.

As for today, I woke refreshed and ready for my first visit to the old town of Vilnius. It took a while to get myself pulled together and out the door, but I did make it outside for a leisurely 30 minute walk, across the nearby Neris River, into Senamiestis (Vilnius Old Town).

The area where I’m staying is very modern with a number of high rise buildings, including the 27 story building where my flat is located. This is opposite of where I stayed in Riga, since this newer part of the city was on the other side of the river and I was living next to the old town.

The walk was fairly easy. I could have taken a bus, but I enjoyed the walk and it wasn’t that far away. The Neris river is almost like a wide canal since both sides are man-made to contain the river as it flows through the city. Just across Green bridge is the modern Opera house and further up the road is one of the city’s shopping districts.

I could see the Vilnius Cathedral (the Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus and St. Ladislaus of Vilnius) down one of the main streets that intersect Kalvariju street so I walked in that direction. It lies on the boarder of the old town. That is far as I walked today.

It was a little after 5:00 and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast. And then I saw a McDonald’s and I knew where I was going for dinner. I purchased chicken and an ear of corn yesterday, but ordering a Big Mac sounded much easier. There was a time while in college as a full time student and working full time at U.S. Bank, when I got into the routine of stopping by the McDonald’s on Capitol Hill just off Barbur Boulevard. I always ordered a Big Mac, small order of fries and a chocolate shake on my way to my swing shift job at the bank. Same order every day for almost two years. I ate while I drove. Wow. This was 45 years ago!

I managed to not take a nap when I returned to the flat. Instead, I took a little more time to write my travel blog update so I could try out a new screen capture feature and new drawing tool. I’ve been lax about including maps within my blogs.

For the next few weeks I’ll be researching places to visit when Corrine arrives. Also, I’ve been texting my niece and will look for places for us to stay when she, her son and my brother join me in Paris next May.

Watched a couple more episodes of “The Flash” before going to bed. I’ll probably return to the old town tomorrow. We’ll see. I have five more days here so have plenty of time to get to know the city.

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