Our third and last day in Vilnius was cut short by the fact that it was just so cold I lost my enthusiasm for sight-seeing. Two days of freezing had already worn me down so unfortunately we missed a few things on my list of “must sees” (including another spectacular church) and got to the bus station an hour before we had to–it was a warm place to sit.
In the morning we climbed up the hill to the Gediminas Castle tower, the only remaining part of a castle complex which once included defensive structures. There were great views of the whole city from up there. This castle remnant is right behind the the Vilnius Cathedral and in the huge plaza where the cathedral and bell tower are located is a statue of Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania who founded Vilnius in 1323.early in the 14th century.
Right beside Old Town is a section of the city called Uzupis which, in 1997, declared independence and has its own flag, president, independence day, and an army of 28 people. Their constitution features such things as “Everyone has the right to understand nothing.” and “Every dog has the right to be a dog.” This is an artists’s community and, had it not been so cold, we would have checked it out further. We got as far as their Angel statue and a delicious lunch at a small Russian restaurant nearby before turning back to Old Town. We’re debating whether to count this as another country visited.
A funny sign.
Good-bye to Vilnius. We hope you enjoyed your tour.