"What if my water breaks on the floor of the Presidential Palace?" I asked J while we were walking in the down pouring rain to the Presidential Palace for our tour. "We'll have a great story" was J's reply. That did nothing to ease my nerves as we walked to the free Presidential Palace tour that I had booked us a few weeks prior - luckily, the baby didn't decide to make a surprise entrance during the tour!
Upon arrival at the Presidential Palace we entered through the front door and waited several minutes for our tour guide. We were then required to don those strange, blue, disposable shoe covered and head through security. I felt a bit annoyed when the security guards couldn't understand why I didn't want to go through the metal detectors - I was 9 months pregnant and incredibly large - I would have rather been patted down, but that wasn't an option, I guess.
Anyways, after my bits of initial grouchiness, we began the tour with a look at awards and gifts that the current president (a woman! Dalia Grybauskaite) and previous presidents of Lithuania had received over the years. We then made our way to several impressive meeting rooms that were all named for their colors. Our tour culminated with a visit to the grand ballroom, the only room where photos were allowed, which really was magnificent. The details in the furniture and the edges of the curtains were gorgeous.
Overall, the tour was just okay. Our guide was knowledgeable and the rooms were beautiful, but I wasn't really wowed by the information or what we saw. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the tour more had I been a history or political science buff.
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