Back when I was a teenager, I restricted myself to only travelling to well known and highly acclaimed destinations. I felt that these places had the most “quality assurance” for tourists. As I grew older, I became more inclined to explore off-the-map destinations in search of greater adventures. I feel that having the courage to travel off-beaten paths is what defines you as a traveler. It is this mindset that led me to discovering the city of Vilnius.
In between travelling from Latvia to Poland I made a stop at Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. I must shamefully admit that I knew next to nothing about Lithuania prior to my arrival. Although I didn’t do much research beforehand, I had no trouble navigating around the city because it is very compact. The joy of travelling in a smaller city is that it’s not necessary to plan too much and there’s no pressure to rush from site to site. In the couple of days that I spent in Vilnius, I thoroughly enjoyed using a slower pace to absorb this city’s wonderful culture and history.
Vilnius was a bit chilly upon my arrival, so I put on my leather jacket to keep me warm. A leather jacket, a v-neck tee, and distressed jeans are a foolproof combination.
Entering the Old Town of Vilnius from the Gate of Dawn.
The Vilnius Bell Tower.
The Vilnia River.
Lithuanian food completely caught me by surprise – it is super delicious! I enjoyed Lithuanian dumplings so much that I ended it having them for almost every meal during my stay.
On my last day in Vilnius I made a day trip to Trakai, the original capital of Lithuania. The Trakai castle and its surrounding lakes are absolutely stunning.
Tee : Old Navy | Jacket : DNA (from New York) | Jeans : Zara | Shoes : New Balance | Sunglasses : Opening Ceremony (c/o East Dane, now on sale)