The rest of LTU is still waiting for you!

As I told you in last last blog about more Lithuanian food.

Here comes a time!!!!!!

In fact, not a kind of food but a traditional drink, Gira or Kvass. It is partially made of bread, many types of it: wheat, rye, or oat. Surprised? Really uncommon for tourists like us, but Lithuanians have made it with several fruits, grains, or cakes since their ancestors were alive. In the period of their time, people drank it more often than water. From now on, you can find it in most restaurants and supermarkets.

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Wondering how its taste does? I need to say that I once tried in Charlie Pizza, first time was really wried for me and I was finding what drinks in Thailand tasted like but I could not find. Not that extraordinary but individually characteristic. And pretty surprising facts are that Gira is non-alcoholic drink, a lot of Lithuanian people love beer, though.

Are you interested in cake? Have you known tree cake before? Generally it just looks like a tree but not the factual one, called Šakotis. This layered cake has its popularity in European people’s special occasions such as weddings or birthdays. Its taste depends on ingredients and toppings by connoisseurs. You should try once, with your friends because it might be too much for one person.

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Now we already ended the food part in which I suggest you to

TRY ONCE IN A LIFE!

From all we have talked about Lithuania, it happened only in Vilnius or Trakai. However, Lithuania still has Šiauliai, Kaunas, Nida and Klaipėda to get visited. Don’t worry that it may takeso much time to go from Vilnius, where you’d like tasty for a whole trip. You are just needed for a few days for beach sides on Nida or Klapide but one-day trip to Šiauliai or Kaunas.

For the rest of today, only Šiauliai will be talked here. You can pronounce it ‘Shoo-Ley’. It is one of the biggest city in Lithuania. You can walk along the city centre.

The atmosphere with less visitors than Vilnius can make you relaxed and refined. However, one of sacred and popular sights to visit there is Hill of Crosses or Kryziu Kalnas. The name already said themselves. More than hundred thousands of crosses were left there. Its history is long, but briefly now, it is a symbolic monument of faith and peace for Catholic pilgrims and prayers and also of struggle to independence for Lithuanian people. 

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How to get there is easy. It is located 16 km away from the city of Šiauliai, Ryga highway. For public transport, get to Šiauliai first and find the Dubijos street, near the train station, then turn right on Tilzes. Buy the ticket from the driver of the bus labeled Šiauliai – Joniškis. Let him know that you need to get off at Domantai Stop. When you are there, follow the sign ‘Kryziu Kalnas’ and There you are!

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Let’s fill your stomach at Lithuania!

As you were told in the last blog that this new one will come up with recommended restaurants. I need to say that I had gathered the information from internet and local people before, or some of them I just met and tried for once. And from all that I have tried, I just categorize and want to recommend you if you are there one day.

Don’t get stuck in them! They are just personally based on my tongue but quite internationally I cannot deny =D

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First of all, this restaurant is located in Uzupis District set by the river Vilnia, in the walking distance from the Old Town. Užupio kavinė is a place for people who want to hang out or have a meal with a great view of the river and its surrounding. It serves as Lithuanian cuisine and others. Personally recommending to you, I put this restaurant with the greatest view of all along my trip there!

The Restaurant Address: Užupio g. 2 Vilnius

Opening Hours: 10.00-23.00

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Not too far from Užupio kavinė, on its south, at every Friday, there are various different cafes and restaurants in an area for people who want to try more types of food in one place! And it is Street Food Market or Open Kitchen! Actually foreigners do not often come here because it is not the popular area for visiting. Foods there are not a kind of foreigners want to try but for those people who are familiar with food truck, already tried Lithuanian traditional dishes, should come to this place to try more types of food which local people mostly enjoy!

The Restaurant Address: Aukštaičių / Maironio str. Vilnius

Opening Hours: Friday 11.30-23.00

What if you are afraid of being able to eat Lithuanian dishes and look for some restaurants that serve meals with international tastes. La crêpe and Čili Pica are my results of your wondering. They serve various types of western foods such as crêpes, pizza, salad, or steaks in Lithuanian version, but it is perfectly applied. Čili Pica has a lot of branches around city area and shopping malls. There is one La Crêpe at the city centre street and in many shopping malls.

More info: https://www.lacrepe.lt and http://www.cili.lt/en

Sweet time is here! For the dessert, I proudly suggest you to try hot chocolate at AJ Šokoladas. For people who loves chocolate, you need to try this one! However, if you feel indifferent with chocolate, you can try other menu: cakes, pudding, candies and etc. Their goods and package are appropriate to be your gifts for your families, friends or neighbors. There are a lot of branches in Lithuania as well, so if you want to try in the Old Town but you do not have enough time. You can try at G09, the shopping mall at the city centre street instead.

The Restaurant Branches: Vilnius, Trakai, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Mažeikiai, Panevėžys, Druskininkai

More info: http://www.ajsokoladas.lt/w/

However, some people may wonder about the price rate that Lithuania is the one of the European countries. It is not that expensive as in more popular destinations like France or German. You can determine your own limitation per meal and there are many available food to fit your budget. Starting from 5 euros to 20 euros. My caution is you need to admit the way you can afford. I think you all who like to travel always are aware of everything as the best you decide what you want to be a part of your trip!

Wow not enough for Lithuanian food that I ever said on the last blog.

So stay tuned for my next one! It will come with some special places in Lithuania but not in Vilnius or Trakai.

Sea You!

Eating is also a key!

FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD!!

What we will talk today is Food in Lithuania, not only traditional dished but also any kinds of food that you can find and how they taste!

As a traveller or tourist, however, one of the most important things to survive is to eat! If compared to Thailand, it is quite harder to find where to eat or supermarkets in Lithuania. Rimi, Maxima, Norfa, Lidl and IKI are often found in every city area. They seem like main supermarkets in Lithuania that you can find other stuff not food you need in there as well!

The first thing that you should try is Lithuanian traditional bread, Juoda Duona, made of dark rye! You can find it every store because it has the different taste and color from normal white bread. Its cost does not differ from the normal level of bread cost in Lithuania.

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Pink Soup and Dark Rye Bread with other dishes                                                                                                                                                               by Delano at Akropolis Shopping mall

Secondly, cold beet soup or traveller like me call it ‘pink soup’ as its color. Šaltibarščiai, made of dills, cucumber, boiled beet and buttermilk, is often served as cold with boiled potatoes. Actually you can imagine its taste by its ingredient. It is very special for you tongue!

Before the third dish, you are needed to know that Lithuania can be called as ‘Potatoes Land’. Lithuanians eat potatoes normally and everyday as Thais eat rice in any meals. Thus, Many meals below will be mainly cooked with potatoes but in various patterns.

The first is potato pancakes! You can find the menu in many restaurants. Probably eat it with sour cream, jam, yeast, curd cheese, or zucchini. At La crêpe, with Lithuanian cuisine, the menu is full of potato pancakes or crepes as well. You can see that even pancake or crepes, Lithuanians mostly use potatoes as the main ingredient which affect the taste of every dish distinctively and deliciously!

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Potato pancake with salmon by La Crêpe at the cuty centre street

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Potato crêpe with curd cheese

Another last meal by potato again on this post, everybody loves it as the national dish of Lithuania is Cepelinai. To know it easy, potato dough outside but meat inside and served with special source up to each cuisine. Its size, meat inside and sauce are also up to people’s favorites or chefs. However, it is not served with spicy and too much sour flavor! You can imagine how it tastes right now.

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Where to find them will not be a question anymore! If you are around the Old Town, there are many restaurants for you to try Lithuanian dishes. Or if you are Asian like me and still not familiar with Western cuisine yet, there are some Asian restaurants, Korean, Japanese and Chinese, and Thai also. (but I have not tried Thai and Chinese restaurants) Somehow, you have just a week in Lithuania or Europe, just try traditional dishes first and some meals really dissimilar to your hometown meals. Make sure that you will can deal with its flavor too! Even though Lithuanian food are not as expensive as others but the expense should be worth eating!

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Precisely for shops to get food, if you are wherever in the city even in Vilnius, Trakai or others, at least there are shops selling ingredients for you to cook for your own. RIMI, Maxima or IKI. Never underestimate Lithuanian supermarkets selling everything that you can buy them and stay in your house for more than 2 weeks! Some convenience stores such as NARVESEN will sell you not a big meal as 7-Eleven shops in Thailand do.

The upcoming week post will be more Lithuanian food you should not overlook and my recommended restaurants for all kinds again with their locations.

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Trakai Castle – The orange and astonishing castle of LTU

Today, A-MUST place when everybody comes to Lithuania, they are not going to miss it! It is Trakai Castle Island.

You may think that it will be located among the Baltic sea but it is not. Definitely located in an island over the lake Galves in Trakai province and built in the 14th century, Trakai castle was destructed so hard in World War ll. However, the government had reconstructed the castle until it is one of picturesque castles in the world.IMG_9567

How to get there is really easy. You can take a bus from the main bus station in Vilnius, located around 5 minutes from Gate of Dawn, the Old Town. An one-way ticket costs no more than 2 euros, if you are still students, the cost is less than 1 euro. There are always a bus going to Trakai in every open hour. It takes around 45 minutes to reach.  When you arrive, do not hesitate to ask the officials around there to get the map. It is not a long distance to take a walk and watch this little charming city. There is a place full of traditional houses and churches because the government holds the policy to keep them stay. If you want some views of lake, houses, and trees, you can walk along the lake. It is actually a peaceful and small city, excluding the castle, you can feel all of them in a couple of hours.

However, our main point to come there is the Castle!

As I said that the castle among the lake, there is a bridge for you. The ticket price for visiting inside is 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for students and seniors. You can buy at the in front of the entrance. Don’t forget its opening hours!

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Another choice to get more impressed by visiting Trakai is to ride a boat. A lot of options for anyone. For example, you go with your friends and you do not need something much expensive or comfort, you can rent a boat to get around the Lake to enjoy its surrounding nature.

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What if you desire more convenience and more details about this district, there are certainly many proper services for you.

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However, if you think you have enough time to stroll there. It is quite safe enough because this town is really serene and quite, but there are still people walking at some points on the street or along the Lake, besides in summer, many people come to the Lake to swim and take a rest. Personally I think, Lithuania is quite a safe country in the daytime during their summer and Lithuanians are mostly willing to help tourists although they cannot speak English, especially in seniors or old people there.

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My personal suggestion about traveling in Trakai is that it is unnecessary to sleep there because it is not far from Vilnius, a place full of cheap hotels and hostels, and the sunsets are around 10 PM in summer and it comes up around 5AM. Therefore, it really suit any visitors to just come and have fun, not sleep.

However, I just recommend!

Next round it would be a very special topic about Lithuania, It Is FOOD.

You will be provided with any kinds of food and where to find them

(with same two words)

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