Thursday, December 8, 2016
Gail at another structure on the site, the Alai Darwaga
Detail in the stone work at the section between the tower sections.
Rob at the Alai Darwaga.
Gail at the Alai Minar. This was left incomplete and was to be covered in facing stone of red sandstone or marble.
This was a very enjoyable place to visit and a spectacular collection of buildings.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Isa Khan Tomb. Dating from 1547 AD it predates the Humayuns tonb.
The tomb of Bu Italma.
Gail at Humayun's Tomb built in 1565
The Bada Gumbad Mosque
The Shish Gumbad showing traces of its original colours.
Our transport and driver
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The lights go out on Vilnius!
Our dinner was excellent. Great cheese platter and wonderful mains. No dumplings!
For our final morning we visited lots of churches. Seem to remember that there are 48 or was that in Riga. We started at the Presidential Palace. As we approached we thought..fancy putting a bus depot right in front of the palace! There was a ceremony about to start and the President was giving a bus to each of 40 different schools. There were schoolkids in special dress and lots of fun. Some Australian Premiers could adopt this model!
The dignitaries mingled.We nearly ended up with a bus!
Balloons and Bands
View of the Palace from the University courtyard
Finally we returned to near our hotel and for only the second time returned to a restaurant for another meal. We started with a cheese platter again as it was just the best!
It was a long flight. Our departure in Vilnius was delayed and we had hours to wait in Helsinki. When we arrived in Singapore our bags were delayed by the severity of an electrical storm.
It is next morning and out time is only 2 hours ahead of those in Eastern Australia. We have morning tea with a friend and tickets to the Qantas lounge so the wait for our final flight will be painless. We are back in Australia on Saturday morning. Till our next trip!!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The St Anna's church with the brick Baroque face and on the right the Bernardine Church. These are close to our apartment.
The gardens of Bernadine Park. We are between these and the Cathedral Square where all the best restaurants are located.
The wall in Literatu Street with plaques from authors, poets and artists.
One of the plaques on the wall.
The Bastion of the Vilnius defensive walls.
The Cathedral Bell Tower. We climbed to the top.
The view from the top to the Cathedral and beyond that to Gedminas Tower.
The view the other way.
The Stebuklas tile. In 1989 an estimated 2 million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania formed a continuous human chain across the 3 Baltic countries to protest Soviet occupation. This marks one end.
The most famous Lithuanian dish. We shared these potato dumplings!
So that you will know what to order!
Uzupio is located within the city of Vilnius. It has 7000 residents, 1000 of whom are artists and boasts a special constitution that could become a model for our troubled world.
Rob at the border.
We kept to the entry rules. We smiled a lot even when it rained, we didn't walk over 20 kph, we loved the art and we didn't drive a car into the river.
Gail couldn't work out how to get onto the swing.
Rob kept to the speed limit.
We smiled a lot.
Gail drank like a local. Prosecco and elderberry.
The small community has lots of street sculptures some that don't meet the G rating for the blog! The community tried to be bohemian but didn't fully convince us. The streets were quiet and people far too normal.
The constitution was especially interesting. It was displayed in 25 languages on mirrors along a wall.
Hard to photograph but will put it on as this is the way to go.
There you go another interesting country.