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A castle on an island and a republic of artists…Vilnius

Sitting, sipping beer on the grass, in the evening sun, we learnt that we’d missed a few “hipster” trends in the almost year and half we’d been travelling. Firstly hot dogs with heaps of toppings were in, you were no one if you didn’t have a top knot and you weren’t in vogue unless you had a pet husky (in Lithuania anyways)! We had managed to find a very cool weekend food market, with lots of the best restaurants in town setting up a stand to sell take away delights to a cool Lithuanian crowd. There was even a DJ to soundtrack proceedings and don’t worry, he was of course supporting a top knot of his own. It was great to see a real side of Vilnius, and locals who were enjoying their city, we even managed to talk to a few of them… except they lived in St.Albans not Lithuania… Either way, the city gave a great first impression!

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Sand, sea and a lagoon…The Coronian Spit

With Russia to the south, a lagoon towards the mainland and the Baltic out to sea, the Coronian Spit is a unique corner of Lithuania and Northern Europe. The spit itself is not only a beautiful national park, intertwined with cycle and walking paths, but also a UNESCO world heritage site due to the ever shifting sand-dunes which make it. The area is also a draw for german tourists (let’s be honest where isn’t), who come in search of the summer-house of Thomas Mann, a famous german writer, situated in the small town of Nida. This town is also where we stayed for our trip to the spit, in one of the most difficult to find guesthouses this journey had yet thrown us…don’t worry we eventually did.

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