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A Guide to Vilnius Nightlife

A Guide to Vilnius Nightlife

A word on Lithuanians: they are incredibly charming, hospitable, and hell-bent on having a good time. Upon our first outing into the unknown streets…

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Very Superstitious

Very Superstitious

A country with a long pagan history and rich folklife, Lithuania has a wealth of age-old superstitions that are still in practice today. Upon any…

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Gay Vilnius

Gay Vilnius

Shiny, happy people don't hold hands. Not in Lithuania, not in public. And not in Vilnius, which has currently hosted more anti-gay demonstrations…

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Vilnius Festivals

Vilnius Festivals

Vilnius wasn't crowned European Capital of Culture 2009 as the result of some sort of pity vote. The first of the Baltic capitals to win the title…

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Can you say Eurocentrism?

Can you say Eurocentrism?

Inexplicably, in 1989, some French scientists with lots of funding and little of use to do declared the geographic centre of Europe to be located at…

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The History of Vilnius

The History of Vilnius

Legend has it that Vilnius was founded in the early fourteenth century by the mighty Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania. After an eventful day's…

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A Royal Romance

A Royal Romance

Kings and Queens weren't supposed to marry for love. That much we've always known. But shielding them from cupid's arrows was no walk in the royal…

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Uzupio.... A World Apart

Uzupio.... A World Apart

Down they came like dominoes. East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia - the communist regimes were collapsing across Europe. And before long…

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Silence of the Lithuanian Lambs

Silence of the Lithuanian Lambs

The east-european Count doesn't seem to get too rosy a press in Western literature. Take the cruel Count Olenski in Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence…

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The Vilnius Castle Complex: Worse for Wear

The Vilnius Castle Complex: Worse for Wear

Like any proper medieval capital city, Vilnius too once boasted a regal seat of royalty, replete with palaces and hilltop castles. When the city of…

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The Rise of a New National Obsession

The Rise of a New National Obsession

Yet another subtle hint of the mild behavioral and lifestyle changes developing in today's teenagers and twenty-somethings - these youngsters being…

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Trakai

Trakai

First impressions of Trakai are liable to be fairly mediocre if you're arriving by bus or train. But never fear. Once you've ambled a little closer…

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<b>The Upper Castle</b>

The Upper Castle

The oldest part of the castle complex is the Upper Castle, built upon what is known as Gediminas Hill - a 40 metre high bulge in Vilnius' topography.…

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The Lower Castle

The Lower Castle

Resting at the foot of Castle Hill between the Upper Castle and the Cathedral, the Lower Castle is often referred to as the Royal Palace. It was the…

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Best Places 2014

Best Places 2014

Had the yummiest and most romantic dinner of your life? Or a good night’s sleep in a cosy, homelike hotel? Or maybe the best pub crawl ever?…

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