The flight from Tampere to Kaunas leaves pretty late in the evening, around 10 pm, which means that when you arrive in Kaunas, you won't be able to catch the Ryanair bus or whatever it is to the city centre. The thing to do, therefore, is to book a taxi in advance, preferably through your hotel. Apparently, in Lithuania, it's more expensive to catch a taxi from the street than it is if you've booked it in advance. So, there was a taxi driver holding a sign with Tiina's name on it waiting for us at the airport, and off we sped to our hotel, Park Inn Kaunas. A very nice hotel indeed, I think it was either four or five stars. The taxi cost something like 15€ from the airport to the hotel, by the way, so it wasn't too bad at all, especially if you get to share it with someone.
Our hotel was close to Laisvės Alėja, a lovely promenade leading to the Old Town, and also right next to Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, which is quite an impressive building at one end of the promenade. Lovely! I can definitely recommend the hotel!
|My breakfast at the hotel.|
In the morning, we left for Vilnius. As we only had two days in Lithuania, we'd decided to spend the first of them in the capital and the second in Kaunas. It's ridiculously cheap to travel by train in Lithuania - the fastest train will take you from Kaunas to Vilnius in one hour and 10 minutes and for that you pay around 5€! In Finland, you'd pay over 20€...Anyway, I thought the train trip was extremely interesting as the minute you leave Kaunas, it's all beautiful countryside and tiny train stations. Quite idyllic!
|The view from our floor at the hotel in Kaunas.|
|Our train to Vilnius.|
|Myself and Tiina :).|
|See? Summer <3!|
|We waited for these pizzas for almost two hours...the waitress also originally brought us something we didn't order and got mad at us when we told her it wasn't what we'd said we'd want...geeee...but these pizzas were excellent :).|
Three Crosses Hill
|A view from Gediminas Hill|
|Kiwi ice cream!|
|The Presidential Palace|
Gates of Dawn
|And then it was back to Kaunas!|
When we arrived back in Kaunas, we had a look around the promenade before heading back to the hotel for dinner and then to our room for the night.
Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Kaunas
|Me and my pasta at the hotel - see, one day of sunshine and I'm already all sunburnt :D!|