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Vilnius

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So what can you say about Vilnius. It's a really nice city and really relaxed. Not to mention slightly odd. There's a district called Uzupis that has been declared an independent state by its inhabitants. The constitution is up on the wall in Uzupis on metal plates. It's well worth a look...here's a few of the best:
- Man has the right to celebrate or not to celebrate his birthday.
- Man has the right to love and take care of a cat.
- A cat is not obliged to love its master, but it must help him in hardness.
- Man has the right to realize his negligibility and magnificence.

In Vilnius Cathedral, there's supposed to be this miracle tile where the last person stood who was the human chain from Talinn to Vilnius. If you spin around it three times you can make a wish. Not sure if that means it's going to come or if the spinning just entitles you to making the wish. Anyhew, we didn't find it but the cathedral is stunning - there's a belltower around the side and it's overlooked by three crosses on the nearby hill that were set to commerate three monks that were crucified there.

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St. Theresa's church is just up Pilies Gatve from the cathedral. It's nice from the outside - we didn't get to go as there's mass on 24/7 there. There's also the icon of Mary that stored next door that has become a place of pilgrimmage for thousands in Eastern Europe. It was seemingly "souvenired" from the Crimea. That's what the leaflet said anyway. Some might call it stealing......but that would be unchristian.

Lots of coffe shops in the old town in vilnius and they sell cakes and ice cream. Oh god it's so good. The cakes are like food sculptures -they're amazing - any place along pilies gatve is worth dropping into.

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Oh yeah, there's also the memorial to Frank Zappa. Except for the fact that someone has stolen the head off it. But still, a memorial to Frank Zappa...

Posted by okidoki 11:56 Archived in Lithuania Tagged backpacking

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