We spent three days in the Vilnius area with most of the time spent in Vilnius itself and a day trip to Trakai to see the castle there.
In Vilnius we wandered around the parks, the old town and up to the small castle on the hill. We enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and went up the university tower for views over the city.
The university tower contained a Foucault pendulum swinging back and forward from a great height over a compass. As time passes, and without any adjustment, the degree that pendulum passes over on the compass changes. This is due to the spinning of the Earth. This type of pendulum was originally used to demonstrate the effect the earths rotation had on objects.
In the evenings Vilnius had plenty of outdoor pubs with live music and good food which we enjoyed greatly.
The Day trip to Trakai castle was great. It is a rebuilt gothic castle on a small island in a lake.
Here I had a shot at using a crossbow and Helen had a shot at archery where she managed to get a few bruises on her arm due to a combination of lack of wrist guards and poor technique!
The castle itself has a museum explaining the castle’s history and the project to rebuild it. We then had some good local food soup inside a hollowed out loaf of bread for me and cold beetroot soup with potatoes for Helen.
Then to finish off the day we went on a pedalo around the island. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.