28.05.2015 - 02.06.2015 21 °C
More plans afoot...
In 2015 I spent a week in Vilnius after an absence of almost 15 years. I spent a lot of time working there in the 90s.
I’d like to go back in 2017. That visit in 2015 was all about re-visiting old haunts. I’d like to do that again and this time I’d also like to explore some new places.
The big gap in my knowledge is the Baltic coast - Klaipėda, Palanga and Nida. They’re a 3 hour drive from Vilnius, so fitting in a visit as part of a business trip was never feasible - short of staying away for the weekend after being away all week already.
Ironically, one of the big work projects back then was advising the government on the privatisation of LISCO - the state shipping company. It was based in Klaipėda, but for language reasons it was always one of my Lithuanian colleagues who went there.
Timing of another visit is tricky. Last time I got it completely right - lovely weather in late May. Spring is short there (as is autumn) and like most places in northern Europe the weather can be unpredictable. In late summer it can be wet. Late spring and early summer are best.
I’d probably go for an Airbnb place again - it’s so nice to have that privacy and flexibility. Breakfast is after the first coffee and I’ve gone around the corner to buy croissants.