Video Tour of 11 Things To Do In Vilnius, Lithuania

Monday, October 24, 2016

With the recent updates around In Search Of, I'm finally able to have the time to produce some exciting content that I've been mulling over for quite a while. The first of which was the ultra-nerdy post about Lithuanian naming and botany. The next is a little video tour showing you 11 things I enjoy doing in Vilnius' city center.

I felt incredibly awkward filming around the city I live in. Does anyone else have this problem? Luckily, I filmed anyways, but really attempted to be discreet (although that is hard using a camera!).


I hope you enjoy! And if you'd like to see more video content, please let me know in the comments below :)

Places mentioned or shown in the video: 

1) Town Hall Square

 Town Hall Square (Rotuse) is one of the several nice squares in Vilnius and is a great place to hang out. It is especially nice in the summer, as you can grab a seat and have a drink or a meal. You also can join the free walking tour from the steps of the Town Hall Square, which I really recommend.

2) Vokieciu g.

Vokieciu gatve is a tree-lined walking street flanked with numerous cafes, bakeries, and high-end shops. I'm pretty sure there are around 10 cafes on this one short street, so if you are looking for a coffee, head to Vokieciu for an abundance of choices. My top picks on Vokieciu are Holy Donuts (great doughnuts), Second Cup Coffee (large cups of black coffee), Huricane Coffee (opens early on the weekends!), and Theobromine Chocolatier, which technically on a side street, but close enough.

3) Literatu g.

Literatu gatve is a nice, tiny street with plaques commemorating Lithuanian authors. The plaques are all very creative, making it a nice street to meander.

4) Senamiesco Kratuve

On Literatu g. you'll find the natural food store, Senamiesco Kratuve. Along with organic, locally grown produce, you can purchase food-based gifts including honey and jam teas, chocolate, and cakes.

5) Bernardine Park

I spend a lot of time in Bernardine Park. It is just a really great park to play with kids, read a book, or stroll with a coffee in hand.

6) St. Anne's Church

In my opinion, St. Anne and Bernardine's Church Complex is the prettiest church in Vilnius. The red brick exterior is intricate and the vaulted ceilings inside the church are stunning. I think it is a must-see.

7) Hill of Three Crosses

I sometimes forget it, but Vilnius is prettiest from above. The terracotta roof tiles are a really different sight compared to what I'd see in the US. The Hill of Three Crosses is a great little hike that will reward you with views of both the old town and the new town.

8) Strange Love Cafe

Of course I had to mention another cafe; Vilnius is brilliant for cafes. Strange Love is a really cute cafe with great outdoor seating, coffee that they've roasted themselves, and nice cakes. They also open early for breakfast and serve a light lunch. They are also located right next to one of the entrances of Bernardine Park, so I like to stop here for a coffee before the park.

9) Tiny streets, delicious restaurants

The food scene has really changed over the around 3.5 years I've lived in Vilnius. Now, tucked away in neat little corners of the city, you can find great restaurants. In the video, I've showed a snippet of a new ramen place called Ramen and Sticks.

10) Waterfront

This past summer, Vilnius has really been working on improving their waterfront, and now it is very nice to go for a walk along the Neris River.

11) Palace of Sports and Concerts

From the walkways along the Neris River, you can see numerous sites including the derelict Palace of Sports and Concerts. This cool building is work a walk around.


  What are your favorite things to do where you live?

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Credit for hand drawn icons in video: Freepik Flaticon --> really awesome, check it out!

Preparing for a trip to The Netherlands

Monday, October 17, 2016

This Saturday we leave for a trip to spend 10 days in The Netherlands and I cannot wait. Our trip starts off with five nights in Rotterdam, a day trip in The Hague, finishing off with four nights in Amsterdam. As usual before any trip, I like to share a bunch of resources that I've found helpful, and hopefully if you go to The Netherlands you'll find these resources helpful, too!


Foodhallen, which is a newly opened food hall housed in a former electric tram warehouse. Sounds right up our alley. I'm also interested in checking out Dignita for brunch if we happen to be in the area. Thanks, Travelettes for the tip!

Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It is easy to guess that I'll be visiting at least once. The botanical garden has kid's activities and some green houses, and I'm sure Baby ISO will enjoy some time to run around after being trapped in museums. ;)

I love Ai Weiwei's art, so we are planning to go see his exhibition "Safe Passage" at the Foam Museum. This exhibition is on until December 7, so plan a trip soon!

Another museum I'm interested in visiting is the Anne Frank Museum. It is worth it to note that they have just revamped their ticketing system, so be prepared to purchase tickets online in advance.  --> Bummer: just sat down to purchase tickets and they are sold out. If you plan to visit the Anne Frank Museum, I'd suggest booking your tickets about one month in advance. Don't wait until one week before like I did.

The website AmsterDo is jam packed with great restaurant recommendations and neighborhood information. I plan on using the website to search for recommended restaurants and things to do around our accommodation.

This post about 14 things to do in Amsterdam from Cultural Xplorer has some really unique suggestions. I'm going to look into the cheese tasting.

J's museum of choice is the Van Gogh Museum, so surely we will be making a visit.

Albert Cuypmarkt sounds like an awesome place to search for souvenirs. 

I love, love the blog Chapter Friday, and I think their Lattes and Laptops series is brilliant. During our few days in Amsterdam, I'll absolutely be trying a couple of their recommendations.



The number one thing J and I are excited about for Rotterdam is the Markthal. Wow, it looks absolutely amazing; J was even momentarily tempted to spend a ridiculous amount of money renting an AirBnb apartment in it.

In general, I've been reading a lot about how family friendly Rotterdam is -- this post by Travel with Bender is great -- which will be great for Baby ISO. I'm thinking we'll visit the Rotterdam Zoo since he is super into animals at the moment. The playgrounds everywhere will also be very helpful for entertaining my active toddler.

This post from Wandering Wings has some great budget suggestions for spending a day or two in Rotterdam. I'm sure we'll be using her tips!

As usual, I am in search of good, flavorful restaurants when traveling. We don't have many options for good Asian food or delicious Middle Eastern food, so that is what I'm hoping to indulge in while in The Netherlands (plus great coffee). For options so far, I've found Delibird Restaurant, which serves Thai food. De Pelgrim sounds like it serves great beers and stew.  Fenix Food Factory gets rave reviews and looks like an awesome food hall, and Bazar has Middle Eastern and North African food that looks amazing. There are some more tips on Expatica.

The Hague

A friend of ours recommended we visit The Hague and with it being only a 15 minute train ride away from Rotterdam, we jumped at the idea. This very comprehensive post about The Hague by the Travel Tester is absolutely something we will look into before our trip!

Somewhere along our trip in The Netherlands, I've got to remember to buy my mom some stroopwaffles. She loves them --> enjoy, mom!

Do you have any tips to share for our visit to The Netherlands? Anything we should be sure to do? What about local snacks we should try?