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Vilnius and the KGB

In Vilnius, the thought-provoking and disturbing Museum of Genocide Victims – often referred to as the KGB Museum – left me breathless. And not in a good way. But make no mistake about it. This is from our recent past, and should be, needs to be, experienced. Housed in the former KGB headquarters, a grand [...]

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World at a Glance: Lithuanian dessert

Today’s curious quirk is dessert; a very alcoholic dessert in Lithuania, specifically. On a recent girl friend weekend break in Vilnius, we decided to visit the Television Tower, one of the tallest buildings in all of Eastern Europe, to get our bearings. The Television Tower has a revolving panorama platform and restaurant, the Paukščių takas [...]

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Valiant Vilnius

Vilnius might not be the most obvious choice for a girlfriend getaway, but we choose it anyway. My friends, because neither of them has ever been, and I, because I want to see if the city has changed much. I first visited Vilnius in 1992, as part of a curiosity-fueled train-hopping holiday in the Baltics, [...]

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World at a Glance: Frank Zappa in Vilnius

Welcome to World at a Glance, yet another infrequent series here on Sophie’s World. These are intended to be short posts, with a photo that is either curious or evocative, that gave me pause; pause to think, laugh, cry, wonder… Let’s begin with curious. Frank Zappa in Vilnius What is Frank Zappa doing in Vilnius? [...]

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The Republic of Užupis – a micro-nation

A highlight during a recent visit in Vilnius was the quirky micro-nation Republic of Užupis, an artists’ colony that declared its independence in 1997.

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A Saturday afternoon in Trakai

If you’re in Vilnius and want to get out of town, historic and enchanting Trakai is an easy day-trip and a pleasant place to spend a Saturday.

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