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Easy pleasant bus trip to Vilnius through quite scenic country - pine forests, farms , rivers and lakes. Nice guesthouse very close to the pedestrian cafe strip. Had a short orientation walk with our guide Sonia. Loads of churches here. Celebrating 25 years since the human chain 600 Kim's from Tallinn to Vilnius.

Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe.

Vilnius, as the capital of Lithuania, is the home of the President, the Seimas, the Government and the Supreme Court. Diplomatic missions, educational, cultural, financial, research, and healthcare institutions are based here.

It is also the largest city of the country. The population of Vilnius is about 600000 people, and about 3 million live in Lithuania. Vilnius is home to people of different ethnic backgrounds. Ethnic Lithuanians – 57.8%, Poles – 18.7%, Russians – 14%, Belarusians – 4%, Jews – 0.5%, and representatives of other ethnic backgrounds account for the remaining 5%. The historical centre of Vilnius, the Old Town, (Senamiestis) is one of the largest old town centres in Eastern Europe (covering almost 360 hectares). The Old Town is situated in a picturesque valley of two rivers – the Vilnia and the Neris, at the crossroads of trade roads, next to the ford, which was guarded by Vilnius castle in the olden times. ( like much of my text some of this is obviously cut and paste from websites.)

Lots of rain the last 2 days - Europe seems to be wet and cooler than usual the 2nd half of August. Got pretty wet on a quirky walking tour this afternoon. There is an area populated mainly by artists which have declared independence from Vilnius. Have a president,a quite funny constitution which I'll try to copy here.

The Užupis Constitution

Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, and the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone.

Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof.

Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation.

Everyone has the right to make mistakes.

Everyone has the right to be unique.

Everyone has the right to love.

Everyone has the right not to be loved, but not necessarily.

Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown.

Everyone has the right to idle.

Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat.

Everyone has the right to look after the dog until one of them dies.

A dog has the right to be a dog.

A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need

Sometimes everyone has the right to be unaware of their duties.

Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.

Everyone has the right to be happy.

Everyone has the right to be unhappy.

Everyone has the right to be silent.

Everyone has the right to have faith.

No one has the right to violence.

Everyone has the right to appreciate their unimportance. [In Lithuanian this reads Everyone has the right to realize his negligibility and magnificence.]

No one has the right to have a design on eternity.

Everyone has the right to understand.

Everyone has the right to understand nothing.

Everyone has the right to be of any nationality.

Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.

Everyone shall remember their name.

Everyone may share what they possess.

No one can share what they do not possess.

Everyone has the right to have brothers, sisters and parents.

Everyone may be independent.

Everyone is responsible for their freedom.

Everyone has the right to cry.

Everyone has the right to be misunderstood.

No one has the right to make another person guilty.

Everyone has the right to be individual.

Everyone has the right to have no rights.

Everyone has the right to not to be afraid.

Do not defeat.

Do not fight back.

Do not surrender.

If you are interested go to ..

www.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzupis

Hoping the rain soon stops so I don't get to wet going to dinner

Hope all are well and thanks to those who have replied.

xx pam

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