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Lithuania is becoming a popular destination for travel bloggers. Their discoveries, insights and experiences are truly inspiring. Read about their captivating perspectives.
The world’s smallest republic
It's the smallest republic in the world: Užupis in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Everything's different in republic of artists: for instance, Article 16 of the constitution of Užupis gives everyone here the right to happiness.
Street art in Kaunas
Kaunas’ street art – huge graffiti murals created by artists on the walls of buildings – has changed the face of the city in recent years. You can view them with a special guide. However, it’s more fun to just wander through the city streets without any particular goal, because artwork will surprise around just about every corner. Once of the most well-known murals is The Master (Wise Old Man),which covers an area of 440 square metres. This is probably the first large-scale piece of street art in Lithuania. Meanwhile, the sweetest is probably a drawing of a seven-year-old that was turned into a huge graffiti mural.
Do a cycling holiday – the easy way, of course
There are, broadly speaking, two types of cycling holidays. There’s those cyclists you see on, say, the Beara Peninsula, slogging uphill with packed pannier bags on the front and rear – and, if they are real hardcore, a sleeping-bag strapped to the back carrier. Proper stuff. Then there’s the cycling holiday I went on: a week-long tour of the Baltic states, hotels every night, 35-40km cycles every day with nice lunches and even better dinners, everything planned and taken care of.
Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees?
Lithuanians don’t speak about bees grouping together in a colony like English-speakers do. Instead, the word for a human family (šeimas) is used. In the Lithuanian language, there are separate words for death depending on whether you’re talking about people or animals, but for bees – and only for bees – the former is used. And if you want to show a new-found Lithuanian pal what a good friend they are, you might please them by calling them bičiulis, a word roughly equivalent to ‘mate’, which has its root in bitė – bee. In Lithuania, it seems, a bee is like a good friend and a good friend is like a bee.