Friday, October 23, 2009
trakai - day 6
Lithuania, being the farthest from our departure point, was the country where we spent less time. I knew we wouldn't be able to include the Curonian Spit in our itinerary and go check out the famous sand dunes, so we settled for a stop in Vilnius and squeezed in a brief visit to Trakai.
Undeniably postcard pretty and romantic, this castle and its surroundings are located about 20 km from Vilnius and are quite a popular tourist destination. Luckily for us we got there sometime before sunset so the crowds had gone home already and we could visit at our leisure.
The village itself is also very quaint and colorful.
We walked towards the castle across the waterfront, stopping at a few souvenir stalls along the way. In one of them we spotted a few kittens and their lovely owner ...
Inside, the castle is very well preserved and we were able to see several exhibitions regarding the history of Trakai.
It was almost time for dinner when we left but we decided to go back to Vilnius first and then decide where to eat. It's a pity I never got to taste the famous kibinai pastries, which means we'll just have to come back someday.
More photos here