7 Dec 2010

The bus arrived at the Vilnius railway station at 6.30 am . It was still dark and I was really looking for the washroom. Looking through at the railway station and managed to find one outside …it was a temporary toilet. Quickly drew out some cash from the ATM machine and went straight to the coffee shop in the railway station and ordered breakfast. I did use the washroom in the coffee shop…… After a nice breakfast I had to wait till 9 am for the tourist office at the railway station to open up for the day. Managed to get some info on Vilnius(map) and the nearest hostel. On my way to the hostel(A hostel) I stopped at the bus station kiosk to buy my ticket for tonight bus trip to Tailinn.Yes. I am in Vilnius only for a day as planned. Checked in at the A hostel and paid eight euros for a days stay. After refreshing myself I then started walking through out the old city and I was lost at one point. I did read the map wrongly…..and being an ex army officer I was back tracking in a jiffy.I did learn that Vilnius Old Town is one of the largest surviving medival old towns in nothern Europe where where some of Europe’s greatest architectural styles – gothic,renaissance, barogue and neo classical – stand side by side. How I wish I could notice the difference between the styles. I did planned to walk up to the Gediminas Castle but the path was closed due to some works being carried out. Walked then to the funicular and reached the top of the castle. One could see the Old and New town divided by the Neris river. It was and awesome sight. The Three Crosses Hill could be viewed from here too . I walked around the old town passing the Presidential Palace and stop for a chocolate crepe. Spend my remaining time around the local market square and had a few sips of coffee and a plate of fish and chips. Back to the hostel to get a few winks as I felt tired walking around the town for the whole day. Did managed to have a good rest.Back to the bus station to catch my bus to Tailinn.Was lucky enough to get myself two seats as the bus was not that full.

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