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May 10, 2010 - Trakai

This morning we woke to a beautiful sunny day, and a good breakfast delivered to our room. I had checked the weather records and the record minimum temperature for Vilnius in March was -30deg. In May the average max is 18deg but today we went into the 20's, so we were very pleased. Good to have some sunshine on our skin. We decided to catch the bus to Trakai which is only about 26kms from Vilnius. Trakai was a medieval capital of Lithuania, and it still retains its historic charm. Its most famous feature is Trakai Castle which is built on...

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May 8, 2009 - Trakai - Lakeside Historic and Nature Park

Hi - This is another jaunt away from the capitol cities of the Baltics. There is so much I'm missing out on. Would love to come back here and travel around just to the shores and lakes and small towns of these countries. Trakai is a former capitol of Lithuania. It;s quite small but has a lot to offer. The primary site is the Island castle, the only castle built entirely on an island in Eastern Europe. It's been restored to 16th century glory and has an excellent Historical Museum that threads through its corridors and rooms. Lots of...

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The Euro-Spring-Tour

Oct 28, 2007 - Trakai

Doh, just got up for the early train to Trakai, hurried myself along to get to the station on time and... you guessed it, the clocks went back an hour here too last night - 1 hour early. Still at least I got to wake the receptionist up and come back for a shower and another coffee before I go. Lonely Planet described Trakai as the perfect day trip, I wouldn't quite go that far but it certainly did make for a nice day out and the views of the lakes and castle are stunning. It was just a shame that I took so many photographs of the place in...

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Oct 1, 2006 - Dad's birthday and the KGB...

Today we celebrated my dad's 75th birthday! And what a day it was. We started off the day with our tour to Trakai, a small city outside of Vilnius. The area has many lakes that surrounds the castle. On our way back, my dad and I ventured to the KGB museum. This is where the KGB had their jail cells, torture chambers, and death cells. It was converted into a historical museum that traced the history of the USSR in Lithuania. So much I was ignorant about prior to visiting. I was completely unaware of the horrors that the Lithuanian people...

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Jul 23, 2005 - Trakai

Trakai is a small town not to far from Vilnius. It is in a very pretty area with a lot of lakes and forest. Trakai is most noted for the big castle that was built there as the headquarters for the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Lithuanians have a pretty interesting history. They were a pagan kingdom united under an oligarchy of aristocratic warriors. They successfully resisted invasions by both the Russians and Teutonic knights for hundreds of years. They were officially converted to Christianity sometime during the 14th century (making...

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Gove Goes to Russia

Oct 7, 2004 - Trakai - castle on the lake

After big night on the Vilnius town, during which Peachie had a run in with the law (details censored; contact nigel for info), lads set out on a day trip to Trakai castle. Light never-ending rain put a dampener on things - but nonetheless the crew enjoyed checking out the red-brick castle and surrounding lakes. Back in Vilnius in the evening for last supper with Darryl (who flew back to London Friday morning) and farewell also to Murray who elected to depart early in favour of catching up with some friends in Poland in more remote...

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Nils Travels 2004

Jun 3, 2004 - Trakai

After a full morning tour of Kaunus, we left and headed for Vilnius. We stopped a few miles short at Trakai, to visit Trakai Castle, former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was a bright sunny day, and there was plenty of free time to roam the Castle grounds.

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