Thursday, September 1, 2016

Homeward bound

Our last night in Vilnius was one of the best. We had dinner for two in an upmarket and modern restaurant. We were aware that the next morning would be our final sightseeing and after that we would be homeward bound.

                                                      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!!