There are many and many places around the city which have this special aura to them, and visiting such a place is always a great pleasure. Some of those places I frequent often, some I visit occasionally or very very rarely, but any of them is in its own right special, and never dull. So let me show a few of them from my today’s long long walk.
If you ever visit Vilnius anytime during summer season or like late April to the end of September to be exact, and you’d be looking for a nice scenic point, check out campanile of St. John’s Church which is part of my beloved Alma Mater – Vilnius University. And if you’re lucky, you might even enjoy an easy ride to the top of the tower in an elevator. If you’re just like me, then the every time you go there you end up climbing all of the many wooden steps up. Ah, don’t you think I’ve got something against elevators. Not at all! I’d gladly take an easy ride, but this new (installed just like like a few years ago) elevator somehow way too often is out of service. So up we go to the very top for this great panoramic view of the Old Town and the city .
The second place has a very special place in my heart. I’ve spent many and many fine moments in this city park when I was high school and, later, University student. It was all about being in the very heart of the town and yet surrounded by some comforting nature. Back then it was all about mowed lawns but otherwise somewhat unruly and untamed looks. Today, after restoration and grand-reopening late this summer the Franciscan Garden park is once more open to public and is all shiny new bright, but… while looking good, for some reason it does not have the same ‘I love this place’ effect on me.
Since my walk through the Old Town turned into a long walk home taking every detour I’d thought of on the way, I ended up in the Vingis Park. The latter is just this nice (if you like this sort of parks) forest park near the river with quite good tarmac paths, many and many benches to sit down, a cafe, Summer Estrada, a small botanical garden, and… well, ain’t this enough?