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October 13, 2010

Restaurant Lokys, Vilnius…menu features all kinds of wonderful game

Restaurant Lokys (which means ‘bear’ in Lithuania) is a lovely medieval restaurant  located in a cozy, 15th century cellar in the Old Town. They serve Lithuanian food and use traditional recipes  where a large stuffed bear presides over the proceedings.  I was escorted by a medieval maiden down to the cellar via a brick stairway so narrow and winding anyone slightly fatter or broader-shouldered than I am would almost certainly get stuck.

They have a big menu to choose from, and game dishes are their specialities. If stewed beaver with prunes doesn’t take your fancy, try hare in chocolate sauce. I perused the menu and ordered the roasted boar for main course served with cowberry sauce and sweet pears. My wild boar was quite delicious, fairly tender with a few slightly chewy pieces, not particularly “gamey” but also not something I would have mistaken for one of our everyday meats.

The service was quite slow, but I guess it’s like that everywhere in Vilnius. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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Novotel Vilnius…located on the Champs Elysees equivalent of Lithuania

Filed under: hotel, Lithuania, Travel — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 9:01 am

The Novotel Vilnius is a 3 star hotel on the so called Champs Elysees of the Lithuanian capital. It is clean and functional and the service staff are quite welcoming and helpful, the breakfast was good in variety and quality and most of all…the location is excellent – only a short walk away from the Old Town and a short taxi ride from the airport.

The beds, though were not comfortable at all. I guess you get what you pay for.

Oh yes, wireless internet service is free. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

October 10, 2010

Restaurant Zemaiciai, Vilnius…like dining in an ancient catacomb with non-existent service

This traditional Lithuanian restaurant seems buried inside an ancient catacomb and makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Before eating, do wander around inside the restaurant…it’s worthwhile. Restaurant Zemaiciai is located at Vokieciu gatve, which is one of the streets with many restaurants, pubs and cafes in the touristy heart of Vilnius.

Had the beetroot soup with pork ribs and dried boletus, served with potatoes and the traditional lithuanian zeppelins with meat (grated potato dumpling with meat filling) – and yes these are indeed huge potato blimps which by itself is truly staggering – downed with SVYTURIO EKSTRA lager beer.

Though the interior was captivating, the service was virtually non-existent. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

October 9, 2010

Super Segway, Vilnius…the bike is dead! Long live the segway!

BeRt and I cruised down the cobbled streets of old town Vilnius (the  entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site) and other parts of the city on our rented segways (60 lt/hr from Super Segways). We had the option of hiring a guide but chose to self-ride equipped with a map and a camera. We went from sight to sight on the coolest ride in the 21st century. With these Segway, we can choose to ride in the street, or in the clearly marked bike lanes or on the sidewalk etc whenever we want and using whatever feels the safest for the situation.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania is a quintessential European city which abounds with picturesque streets and spectacular churches. The city is filled with beautiful parks, and majestic buildings standing proudly atop steep, hilly streets. We segwayed to the Hill of Three Crosses, the Gates of Dawn and the most famous church – Cathedral Basillica which is a stunning example of classical architecture.

Distances between places are generally short in Vilnius, so the best way to get to know Vilnius is to rent a Segway from Super Segways and ride around it at leisure and experience it in all its charm.This is still the true truth as I am still saying it as it is…

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