I have been concerned that I was not working out enough when on this trip to southern and Eastern Europe. Well Spain was a great deal of walking and Lithuania was both more walking and lots of hill hiking. Today is my last day in Vilnius and it was a great day for exercise. I had just one thing to do today and when done I went on a two hour walk around town. You know you have walked when you are happy to take a seat if even for a few minutes. After my two-hour walk I went for another two-hour walk up to the Museum of Genocide and it was closed today, but it was a good walk. By three o’clock I was back in the room for a second and then back out to do a hike up the hill of crosses. In the end I walked and hiked for six to seven hours – not bad for a Tuesday in Vilnius.
The highlight of the day was that I duplicated what you would get in a Vilnius city tour but I added a bit more. I did two new things on this trip. First, I went to the National Museum of Lithuania. This was a great spot and I wonder why I missed it in the past but I am glad I went this trip. Second, I hiked up the hill of crosses. These crosses are the subject of some of my past artwork and it was great to see them up close: Here is a link to some photos: http://yonaitis.shutterfly.com/14448 . I also was able to get some great shots from my morning walk: http://yonaitis.shutterfly.com/14391 .
Perhaps the biggest surprise this week was the Trakai Island Castle. This was a tour and it was a good one. A very pleasant tour guide made the difference. What a nice day in general, perfect weather for a long walk in and around the castle. There was some great beauty to see – as there often is around a lake. I took some photos that I hope can communicate the beauty of the Island Castle: http://yonaitis.shutterfly.com/14277 .
If you have never been to Lithuania you should consider going. As for me I have to be up in nine hours to hop in a taksi and head to the airport. I will be in Madrid tomorrow afternoon and then I have to cut my trip short and head back to the states on Thursday.