In July, Georgie and I departed on an interesting adventure to the Baltics. Neither of us had ever been there and the current tension in that part of the world made the trip even that much more interesting.
We were once again riding with our friends from BRAG along with about 20 other bikers. Our tour would start in Villnius, Lithuania, progress through Latvia and end in Estonia. A map outlining our course of travel is shown below.
The miles we covered were not all by bike. Twice we travelled by ferry to reach some off-shore island and a lot of time was spent on the bus as well. Villnius, the capital of Lithuania, was our start point. It is a beautiful city with European style architecture. The country is approximately 83% Catholic and that is evidenced by the number of church steeples we see in the skyline. On the first day in town we walked from our hotel to the village, passing this beautiful cathedral.
And, of course, the church had a beautiful altar and side chapel.
A group of us then did an independent tour of the town, noting the village had many restaurants, botiques and churches lining its streets.
We then climbed to the top of the castle that overlooked the entire city. The view from the top was spectacular with many tiled roofs and church steeples dotting the landscape.
One particularly notable thing that we saw as we walked through the village, was that most botiques offered AMBER items, including jewelry and other artistic items for sale. AMBER is a big thing in Lithuania.
During our tour of the town we also came across these figures atop the entrance to the local playhouse. It look very cool and really got your attention.
By the way, we had two wonderful guides on this trip, Vaida and Romas. Vaida is pictured below on one of the village streets. Vaida is a super biker. It was hard to keep up with her at times. Romas was our historian and joker. You could pass a rock or a tree in the country-side and Romas could tell you what event took place there in 1745. He also had a great sense of humor. Just what I needed. Romas’ picture will show up later.
So after this interesting tour, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for tomorrow’s ride. We will bike west to the Baltic Sea.