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Random Lithuania pictures

Random photos from the streets of Kaunas and Vilnius.

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Lithuanian Flag (Mc Donalds in the distance

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They are so happy to start getting big concerts in Lithuania

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A lot of really bad hair dye jobs. So many bad reds, pinks, and orange hair

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I liked this “chill bar” check out the roads, very typical

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This is a Karaite restaurant with a “Drive through” There are not many Kariaites in the world, they have their own cuisine. This restaurant had the best soup I have ever had in my life. Served in a brown rye bread bowl.

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Sitting on the toilet, I have no idea what it says

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Kairaite restaurant

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Our tour bus pulls up to the restaurant and then this helicopter out of nowhere arrives, picks up some guy then takes off

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Old Town Kaunas

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Old Town Kaunas

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Old Town Kaunas, the Soviets didn’t take care of churches or temples very well

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Old Town Kaunas

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Old Town Kaunas, very typical street

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I liked the barrel look of this bar

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Not just a happy face, a sundial

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Overlooking Old Town Kaunas

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Part of the group at the Kaunas Archives

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My obsession with doors continues

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Old Town Kaunas

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Old Town Kaunas

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Freedom Avenue had many shops and restaurants. It made for a great Kaunas jog in the morning

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Beautiful church at the end of Freedom street. Unfortunately, not very cared for during soviet times

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Loved this store front

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Great storefront for this tavern

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Evening walk in Vilnius (taken around 10:30 at night)

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forget the Euro… basketball is big in Lithuania

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Sunset stroll in Vilnius

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Outside the remaining temple in Vilnius

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Vilnius

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Pats Run tshirt in front of a Soviet landmark, funny

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Everything Euro 2012

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Temple in Vilnius, we went there for Shabbot services on Saturday, beautiful inside. We sat in the women’s gallery

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beautiful interior in this coffee/chocolate shop in Old Town Vilnius

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Restaurant we ate at in Old Town Vilnius

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Old Town Vilnius

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Kazamier church in Old town Vilnius, across from our hotel.

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loved this sculpture on German St.

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signage!

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Our luggage cart at the airport

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local art school

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in design, Lithuania, Travel, Uncategorized

 

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Soviet designer

I think the easiest job would have been a designer during Soviet times. You had 3 choices of paint, yellow, yellow/orange, and brown. If paint was available the choices were easy. You could tell your client that these colors give you a very “national look” lol.

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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in design, Lithuania, Travel, Uncategorized

 

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Glass blowing

Tonight we went to the loveliness place for dinner. It was at The Stikliai Hotel. It was a former glass blowing studio. Loved the food and the details in the design. Check out these sconces and door handles.

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Loved this sconce

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Loved these door pulls

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in design, Lithuania, Travel, Uncategorized

 

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Silverman

We were sitting at lunch today and a woman in our group came over to our table and said that she and her sister found several silver kiddish cups and a silver Yad ( pointer that touches the Torah when reading ) that were made by her grandfather in Lithuania pre war. How did she know this? The insignia was stamped into the silver with the number 84 and was familiar with the exact design. She had a feeling to go into this particular antique store. Take a guess their family name? Silverman.

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Holding the Yad made by her grandfather

 
 

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Empty chairs

Today we went on the “Jewish Quarter tour” with a beautiful woman, Paulina, from Escape2Poland tours.  I had to smile because that was our “girl” name if Bennett had been a girl; named after my grandma Pauline. She was an unbelievable guide giving us such a clear history and perspective of Polish and Jewish life in Poland and Krakow. We walked the not so Jewish Jewish quarter. After the war very few Jews survived and of the few that did, many of them left Poland. We went to the 17th century Isaac synagogue which was just purchased by the NY Chabad. I am attaching some pictures. It was so beautiful. There are so few Jews that there is no one attending or able to pay for upkeep of the synagogues. There are only 200 Jewish families in Krakow (we think we remember the statistic). Similar to what you see Schindler’s List…the Jews of the Jewish quarter who lived there for centuries got sent across the river to the industrial side of town and walls went up in the shape of a headstone 3 meters high. The ghetto walls are gone now but the space echoed of the darkness from the 40’s. When the ghetto was being liquidated they told the Jews who were living in over-crowded conditions that they were going to be relocated to the East to more comfortable surroundings. I read that people survived off only 350 calories per day. If you remember from Schindler’s list that is when Isaac Stern forgot his papers and got put on the box car. The Nazis told them to bring their belongings to the square. They had to carry everything so furniture including many chairs got left behind in the square. I am attaching a picture of the memorial to the liquidation of the ghetto done by an artist. Being in the square you can identify with the interpretation. We then left the ghetto to go to the Schindler factory. The movie was actually filmed there and we were able to visit all of the notable rooms like the office, the stairway, the pots etc.  However, what was so interesting was this was the history of Krakow under Nazi occupation (1939-1945).  I have never seen so many swastikas and Nazi items in one place; it was very odd. It was particularly weird seeing people taking pictures with Nazi flags. The Nazis renamed polish streets, sent the intellectual non Jewish Poles to Auschwitz, tore down historical statues, etc.  It must have been absolute chaos for all who lived there.

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Schindler’s list

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stairway from scene in Schindler’s list

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A Katz on Schindler’s list

Well more later…I am on the train going back to Warsaw chatting with our new friend Tom. He is a doll and has been a great cabin mate. He told us his grandfather was a prisoner at Auschwitz for a year but was released. Fascinating. Later!
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17th century Isaac synagogue

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Across from the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz was the ghetto where they were all moved, the Schindler factory was outside the ghetto in the middle right side of the map.

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The quiet memorial to the chairs left behind when they liquidated the ghetto, they all face the trains

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in design, Holocaust, Jewish, Poland, Travel, Uncategorized

 

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