Travel Month: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Year! I hope you have a great bonus day today, and that you get a bit of time to do something you enjoy :)

Personal + Travel


Though February is the shortest month of the year, for me it has felt like the longest! We've been struggling a bit with sleep, had some family visitors, and I've been working up a storm. I had to takle some more challenging decisions when it comes to my career, but ultimately (for now) I think I've made the right choice. I also had two academic articles published this month, which always feel exciting - especially since I've been working on one of the articles for years (I know, YEARS to publish a ~15 page article).

We did a couple of minor explorations around Vilnius this month, but we didn't really go out to see anything new. Around Vilnius J, Baby ISO, and I participated in this awesome Gastro Walk hosted by Sustainable Vilnius.

We also spent about 5 days in sunny Madrid. The city really surprised me with its beauty. I'll be sharing a ton about it starting later this week.

A photo posted by Elizabeth (@insearchofs) on



Blog + Freelance


Busy as ever. Because much of the work I edit is for botanists from China, I'm always busiest right before the Lunar New Year with a bit of a lull during the holiday (now!). I then pick up again until another break in the summer (when all the botanists are out botanizing!).

As far as writing goes, I have two new articles live on Trip101. Both articles are about Vilnius, so just incase you didn't get enough Lithuania on In Search Of this month, you can check them out there!

A photo posted by Elizabeth (@insearchofs) on


Looking Forward To


Next month, we are heading to Luxembourg for a long weekend. I've been wanting to visit Luxembourg City since 8th grade when I had a student teacher for French Class from Luxembourg. I'm looking forward to exploring a new country and getting to see what Madame Casey was talking about in person!


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How was your February? What are you looking forward to in March?

6 Photos To Make you Want To Visit Madrid

Friday, February 26, 2016

I had another post planned today, but when I finally had time to work on it, I just wasn't feeling it! I'm going to be spending more time on that post over the weekend, so in the meantime I thought I'd share some photos from our recent trip to Madrid.

I was surprised by what a cool city Madrid is. There were a ton of vintage shops, small designers, tasty bakeries, and cool book store-cafes. Beautiful buildings with stunning architecture along with awesome pieces of street art could be found all over the city. I loved Madrid and am already itching to get back!

Stay tuned for more about this awesome city ...








Have you been to Madrid? What would you recommend seeing there?

Traveling Parents' Forum: Expat Families With Kids

Monday, February 22, 2016

Welcome to the sixth session of the Traveling Parents' Forum! Today I've got several incredibly knowledgeable moms joining me to share experiences moving abroad and/or living abroad with children. Here you'll find tips for giving birth abroad, deciding to move abroad with children, and experiences adapting to life as an expat family.
Throughout the series we'll be sharing our tips, favorite products, and looking to each other for advice to make traveling with little ones easier. If you have any questions or would like to share your experience please write it in the comments below! Also, if you have written a post(s) on a similar topic feel free to add the link in the comments. You can also join our group Pinterest board to post your own articles or ones you've found helpful. Just follow our Pinterest accounts and message me to add you to the board. The more information we have the better we can travel - at least that's what I think!
We'll be chatting about a new topic on the third Monday of every month. Today's topic is ‘Moving Abroad or Living Abroad With Children’
February 22: Living/moving abroad with a child
March 21: Child jet lag
April 18: Traveling without your child

Emma



Having lived abroad for the past six years, I like to consider myself a bit of an expert on this topic. Our first temporary home was Copenhagen where we were lulled into a false sense of security arriving at the end of a beautiful warm September - just before the worst winter in 47 years. My memories of those two years will always be of amazement at just how adaptable children really are when it comes to life abroad. Beforehand I had imagined mine to be mostly wailing and weeping at missing people and places back at home. They didn’t really.  In fact I think I definitely found it more challenging at times, and could often be found weeping and wailing (usually over English adverts for various supermarkets).


Then we moved to Munich where our family of four became five, my children overtook me in both language and skiing skills, and don’t really remember much about life in the UK anymore. Will we move on elsewhere? Perhaps, or we might even go home - watch this space…


A few words of advice to those considering a move abroad themselves…:


Don’t Rush into things – it’s easy to just say yes to school places, houses and the like, but as much as it’s tempting to do so, please don’t rush into these decisions.  Without such things feeling absolutely right, you might be setting yourselves up for a lot of unhappiness (not to mention expenditure when you need to make a change) in the long run.

And speaking of schools…   If you plan to live somewhere forever, absolutely consider local schooling.  Your children will not only learn the language in no time, but make their lifelong friends here away from the more transient world of international schools.


Preparation – watch films on, read books about, and if you can, make a pre-visit to your considered new homeland.  It’s hard for a child to imagine what a new country can be like, and all these things can really help!


Learn the Language together – Easier said than done, but this can be a fun thing to do as a family, from sticking post it notes on things all over the house, to free online programmes.  If you are a struggling linguist, then console yourself with the fact that within months your children will overtake you anyway…


Do push yourself out of your comfort zones and prepare to say yes a lot – how are you going to make new friends if you don’t make yourself go to things that you might not have chosen to at home?  Don’t just stick to expat circles either, make yourself go to local functions and events.


And last but not least, enjoy yourselves.  If like us, you are only moving abroad for work reasons, then who knows how long your contracts will last anyway in this ever changing world?  See as much as you can and do as much as you can, because you may well back home before you know it.  


Please have a look at my Moving Abroad and Starting a New Life as an Expat Parent posts, you may well find them useful!  

Emma has three children. She blogs over at Bavarian Sojourn and is writing from Bavaria, Germany. You can find more from Emma on her blogPinterest, and Instagram.

Keri


We never expected to have a third child, much less while we were living overseas but it’s certainly been an experience for us.  Not one that we will regret, but I was thankful to have had my first two babies in the UK.  I used to be critical of the NHS system, especially the wait times, but at least I knew what to expect with a maternity record I could keep and a clear schedule of appointments.


In Abu Dhabi, UAE where our son was born, there’s no one system. Some people see a gynecologist for their antenatal appointments, others register through a hospital. Some clinics scan and test you to death every few weeks, others provide the bare basics. At the time of my pregnancy only one reputable hospital was midwife lead (our preferred choice), but it was closing its doors to non-UAE nationals, forcing expat patients into a largely untested and arguably under resourced private system.


If people ever tell you about their wonderful birthing experiences in Dubai, remember these are two different cities – not that far apart but when you’re in labor it may as well be the other side of the world! If I’d had a planned caesarean a Dubai hospital would have been my preferred choice, but our son came on his own accord in the middle of the night at the public Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi as planned.  I’m just so glad I knew what I was doing as post-natal support is not really provided, and they seemed to want to poke and prod him for everything under the sun.


All that said, we do love our expat life in the UAE, and I honestly don’t think just now I would exchange it for anywhere else in the world.  Yes, the summers do get very hot, but life just moves indoors for a while.  For a sun lover, the mild winters are just amazing and worth the weather extremes.
There are so many other young families living here, I have found it very easy to make new friends with like-minded mum’s who are also fairly new to the ‘stay at home mum’ gig.  There are loads of International Schools and a plethora of after school activities to choose from.  Our older two kids are really happy here with great friends from all over the world.  We live near the canals and beach front of Al Raha Beach which is great for taking walks, bike rides, trips to the beach and the kids would live in the swimming pool if they could; we are never bored.


Keri Lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE with her husband and three children (aged 6, 3 and 1).  You can find more of their travel and expat adventures at BabyGlobetrotters.Net as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Frankie



"I can't comment on moving with children (at six months postpartum the idea just scares me stiff!) but I can share some thoughts on what it's like to live abroad with a baby and what it's like choosing to start your family in a country that neither you or your partner grew up in. We were living in the Netherlands for nearly 18 months when we found out we were pregnant. It was planned and hoped for and we were very excited, however, when it became a reality rather than a little dream, I started to question our decision to start a family in Amsterdam. Primarily this was because I felt a lot of anxiety in the first trimester of my pregnancy and the scary unknowns seemed to be multiplying. So for a few weeks I considered returning to the UK to give birth, however, this decision was reversed as soon as I met the midwife team who would be looking after me throughout my pregnancy and hopefully the delivery, as is the system in the Netherlands. I also took a lot of comfort in finding out more and more about how the Dutch view pregnancy and childbirth; it's not an illness or a "medical condition", you are encouraged to have a home birth unless there are complications though opting to have a hospital birth with your own midwife is possible and generally the most popular option for first-time mums, and the mother's well-being - emotional as well as physical - is a primary concern throughout pregnancy. This level of care continued after the birth of my son thanks to the wonderful "Kraamzorg" system they have in the Netherlands which sees a maternity nurse being sent to your home immediately after the birth (or you'll have a maternity nurse in the hospital if you or the baby need to stay in longer) and it is there job to assist you in those frightening first 7-8 days as you and the baby learn to breastfeed (or formula feed), bond and recover from the birth. Mine would make me the most wonderful fruit salads as I got the hang of nursing Otis and she cleaned my bathroom every day! I know I'm focusing a lot on the birth of our baby rather than our overall experience of living abroad with children, but it sort of highlights my main point about living in a country that is not your own: information is key! Find out as much as you can about the healthcare, schooling, welfare, culture and traditions of a country so you can be aware of them and adapt to or adopt them as you see fit. My first reaction to getting pregnant and living abroad was "I want to go home!" but now I actually think I was very, very fortunate to give birth in the Netherlands and I jokingly tell all my British friends who are planning on having children to come over here to have their babies so they can benefit from such a wonderful system! I now see us living in the Netherlands as something that will enrich my son's life. He will get presents from both Sinterklaas and Father Christmas, he will grow up cycling to school every day, he will enjoy holidays in the UK and he will of course (hopefully!) grow up speaking two languages. But you do have to make a bit more effort to be aware of what's going on so that you or your child/ren don't miss out or feel left out. For example, we started our son in daycare at four months so that he could be surrounded by native Dutch speakers as these early months are crucial for him learning that sounds that will become languages. Maybe if we'd been living in an English speaking country we would have waited longer to start daycare, I don't know. I'm also making an effort to learn Dutch songs and nursery rhymes as I don't know any and I want to be able to sing along with my son when we go to his friend's parties etc. And every week I find myself Googling a question I have about the Dutch school system or finding out what a new acronym I've come across stands for. I don't expect us living here to make life easier (though I have to give the Dutch credit for making a lot of things very easy for us foreigners!) but I do think it will make all of our lives much richer and more exciting."

Frankie has a 6 month old and blogs about Amsterdam, travels, and writing on As the Bird Flies and Travelettes. Frankie is writing from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You can find more from Frankie on her blogTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Facebook.

Elizabeth


When we first moved to Vilnius, Lithuania it was just going to be a two year stint so we could have a new experience of living and working in Europe. Prior to moving (and during our first several months) I would have never expected that we’d  decide to stay a third (and fourth) year, nor would I have thought that we would plan to start a family in Vilnius. But we did, and it was a great decision for us.


I was incredibly pleased with my maternity care and the care during and immediately after giving birth. I’ve written a whole post about the experience here if you’d like to learn more. As for raising a child in Vilnius, so far everything has been great. Vilnius is incredibly family-friendly (and mom-friendly)! We currently don’t have immediate plans to move away from Vilnius.


This all sounds marvelous, but raising a child abroad does have its challenges. Though we haven’t struggled with raising a baby abroad, we do struggle with a bit of expat family guilt as we have two sets of very loving and eager grandparents (and an aunt and uncle, and many many relatives) who want to see Baby ISO grow up and play a very hands-on role in his life. We are so lucky to have such a supportive, involved family, yet it is a constant discussion of whether or not we should move closer to home. In the meantime, we send lots of photos, Skype once a week, and visit home for a few weeks twice a year.

I have a 6 month old and am writing from Vilnius, Lithuania on In Search Of. You can find more on  TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Pinterest.



What positives and negatives have you experienced living abroad or moving abroad with children?


Also note that I won’t be posting on Wednesday; we only returned from Madrid yesterday, so it’s been busy!


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Shopping in Vilnius

Friday, February 19, 2016



I've written about local shopping in Vilnius previously, but had the chance to re-visit favorite stores and check out new shops while my parents were here (my sister and I always have fun window shopping together). Here are some of my sister's and my favorites!

Small Businesses


Aukso Avis (Golden Sheep) - Probably one of my favorite stores in Vilnius. Aukso Avis sells beautiful jewelry and great gifts, all from Lithuanian designers. Pilies g. 38

Officina in Uzupis - This tiny store sells gorgeous handmade shoes from small Portugese designers. Uzupio g. ~15 (I think that is the number)

Uzupis Designer Store - This store sells a selection of women's, men's, and children's clothes and accessories from local designers. Uzupio g. ~27 (sorry I don't know the name!) (March 2017 update: closed)

Moustache Boutique - This pricier shop that carries Lithuanian designers that are typically quite difficult to find. L. Stuokos-Guceviciaus g. 3 (March 2017 update: closed)

Linen Tales - Linen Tales has gorgeous linen items with beautifully unique patterns. Stikliu g. 4-1

Ethno Store - As you'd suspect by the name, the Ethno Store sells more traditional handicrafts including black pottery, music, and gorgeous pillow cases with Lithuanian designs. S. Skapo g. 3

Kitokie daiktai - This awesome clothing store is run by the designer. Here you will find unique dresses perfectly tailored dresses in a variety of sizes. FYI the store only takes cash so come prepared! The clothing items average between 50 to 100 Euro. Sv. Stepono 7



Decolte - This shop typically sells clothes designed by small designers including Lithuanian designers. Stikliu g. 6

Tiulio feja - Everytime I walk past this store I can't help but slow down and take a long look in the window. They have dresses that look like they were made for the most whimsical of dressers. Before we move away from Vilnius I will certainly be trying on at least one of their dresses. (I think that is the name of the store, but the font is tricky to read). Vokieciu g. 4 (March 2017 update: closed)






Second Hand and Vintage





Expect woolen sweaters and unique pieces amongt cheaper trendy clothes. Overall, you'll find pieces for men, women, and children for inexpensive prices.

Sakra - sells second hand homeware, clothes, and accessories for men and women. They also have a rack in the front of the store thayt sells more expensive clothes from small lithuanian designers. This is my favorite place to look for vintage clothing in Vilnius as it isn't as overwhelming as the stores below. Sv. Mykolo g. 4

Humana - Humana is a very common second hand store that is common all around Vilnius.



50 - I'm not sure of the exact name of this second hand store because of their difficult to read font, but you'll see it all arou d Vilnius. The shop on Mindaugo across the street from Maxima has a large section for babies and children. I was able to pick up a stroller blanket sack for 9 euros.



Is there anywhere else in Vilnius that you like to shop?

Preparing for A Trip To Madrid

Wednesday, February 17, 2016



Today we are off to soak in the Spanish sunshine in Madrid! I always like putting together these posts as it helps me to sit down, gather some resources, and make a loose plan for our upcoming trips. This is even more important now that I have limited time to spend on trip planning (the days of pouring over blog after blog are temporarily on hold). These are the resources that I've been glued to for this trip prep:

J and I loved our experience with BookALokal in Athens, and we've been wanting to try another ever since. So, after a quick perusal of their website I booked us a delicious sounding three course meal in Madrid. I'm really looking forward to it!

I've been doing a ton of work for Trip101, and have had the pleasure to review several awesome articles about Madrid. I've certainly made a couple of notes for our trip from those articles. I'm thinking many trips to Retiro Park are necessary as is z visit to see the - building. We'll also have to try - for chocolate and churros.

When we travel we usually look for cool cafes or bookstores. Naked Madrid shares a ton of cool sounding places, as well as provides extra information about great restaurants and bars. I'm sure we'll be visiting at least one of their suggestions, though the posts haven't been updated in a while, so I'll be checking to make sure places are open first.

I've also been reading every Madrid post on the blog Oh hello, Spain by Kate who is an expat living in Madrid. She has some great suggestions for where to eat and what to do in the city.


Do you have any tips for Madrid? Feel free to share your posts below; I'd love to read them!

Shrove Tuesday Celebrations in Vilnius

Monday, February 15, 2016

Pancakes, burning effigies to banish winter for the season, masks, and general management. I've talked a bit more about the celebrations here, so today I'm going to share a few photos from the street celebration that took place the weekend before pancake Tuesday.

During the weekend celebration, instead of burning an effigy, they built the effigy from mini donuts and ate them. A bit different; check out the donut lady below!









Does your country celebrate Mardigras or Pancake Day?

Creative Locale: Gastro Walk 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016



Sometimes living in Lithuania can be a challenge (oh those dark winter days!), so I wanted to focus on forgetting about the challenges and enjoying the positives. To do so, I've started a monthly post (the second Friday of each month) that features the more creative side of Lithuania. In previous posts I've written about Uzupis, which is truly a creative mecca. For this series I wanted to focus on creative events, unique aspects of the culture or language, and cool places that I find around Lithuania. Previously I've written about Open Kitchen, the Beer Marathon, a Cat Cafe, the Lithuanian Design BlockPottery ClassCoffee Enthusiasm, A book fair, and a felting class.  If you have any suggestions of things to check out I'd love to hear them!

If you would like to participate in sharing creative things about where you live, tag your photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter with #CreativeLithuania or #CreativeLocale. I'd love to see the creative side of every country! I'll share my favorite tweets and photos each month on social media and here on the blog.


The Gastro Walk, hosted by Sustainable Vilnius, was a one night event that aimed to introduce people to new restaurants that do their best to serve sustainable locally sourced food. For this event you could sign up for one of three walking routes and taste food from eight different restaurants. A total of 800 people signed up for this event, which took place yesterday from 4 until about midnight. From 4 til 8 pm you walked to the 7 restaurants along your chosen route and at 8 pm you were meant to meet at the final venue for dessert and voting.

We choose the Yellow Route, which had some old favorites and new restaurants that we've been wanting to visit. J and I (with Baby ISO tucked into his stroller) started out right at 4 pm, because we had only a limited time before bedtime. We didn't make it to all of the seven restaurants or the final venue, but we did make it to 5 different restaurants, which wasn't too shabby! Now, let's take a look at the restaurants we did make it too...


Leaf



Leaf was our first stop of the evening and the most disappointing. Upon our arrival there were cups full of colorful sliced vegetables to dip into small cups of hummus. Then, trays of mini sandwiches were brought out, but because no staff introduced the food we were a bit unsure of what to eat or what we were eating. Overall, the sandwich here was boring and the serving was confused.






Le Butcher



Le Butcher served mini hamburgers with mushrooms and we ordered a beer to share. Upon entrance into Le Butcher we got our tickets stamped and we were ushered to a table and invited to order a drink. The waitress then told us about our meal and just a few minutes later our mini burgers were served. This was a much more enjoyable experience and the burgers were really flavorful and juicy! I'd go back and have a larger version of the same one. So, our second stop was much better than the first.







Bistro 18




This is one of our favorite restaurants in Vilnius, so we had high hopes for this mini meal. Just as in Le Butcher, we were invited to sit and order a drink and the waiter told us about the dish of the night. At Bistro 18 we were served a plate of mashed potatoes topped with slowly cooked beef cheek. The meat was beautifully cooked and was falling apart. It was excellent and a delicious stop for our third restaurant of the night.





Gunther Stub




Gunther Stub was another new one for us. Again we were invited to sit at a table, our tickets were marked, and the waiter said the food would arrive soon. This time though, our dishes were not explained and we weren't invited to order a drink (although I'm sure if we asked we could have gotten one). Because our dish wasn't explained I'm not 100% sure of what we ate, but I think it was some kind of pate with a carrot, beetroot, and parsnip (or daikon radish?) pickled salad. This dish didn't really do it for either of us. J didn't like the salad and I didn't like the pate, so we swapped. My not liking pate said nothing about the quality of the pate, it just has to do with that pate reminds me so much of cat food that it immediately turns me off. All I could think about was how much my cat, Oscar, would love it and that isn't a nice thought for me when I eat.





Sweet Root



Sweet Root is pretty much the reason we chose to walk the Yellow Route in this Gastro Walk. J and I have been wanting to try this restaurant since it opened, but when I was pregnant I was not an adventurous eater at all and right now the dinner time classes with bedtime. Needless to say, we were excited by the special hours, so that we could try one of Sweet Root's dishes.

Upon our arrival at Sweet Root we were invited to sit down and a member of the staff (perhaps the owner?) asked if we'd like a drink. He then explained the dish as basically an apple pie, but a twist on the class apple pie as it isn't sweet. For more details he referred us to the small card next to our place settings, which described where the ingredients to make this dish were from. The apples were even picked from Sweet Root's own orchard and all of the other ingredients were sourced locally. For me, Sweet Root understood the challenge set by Sustainable Vilnius and they were stand-out. Their take on the apple pie was delicious and I would love to eat it again. We were also surprised by a little bit of dessert, which was beetroot sorbet. It was an interesting and unique flavor. I really liked it, but I also love beets.






The last two stops on our route were meant to be EcoTako and Beatos Virtuve before joining the other routes at the final venue (Kongresu Rumai to eat dessert by Lab180). As we had expected when purchasing the tickets, we decided to skip these spots (though J really wanted to try Beatos Virtuve) because the weather was progressively getting worse (see photo below) and it was time to feed the very patient Baby ISO. 




Overall, I thought the event was a blast and I really enjoyed trying a couple of new restaurants, while walking all over the city. I had a little chat with one of the organizers while picking up the tickets and she said they'd likely be doing the event again sometime, and this time I'm hoping that it is organized for a different season. February in Vilnius has notoriously bad weather, so I'm kind of surprised that so many people decided to participate and that the chefs were able to make food based on mostly local products (nothing is growing here now!). I would definitely participate in this event again.


Have you been to an event like this? Would you? What cool things are going on in your area now?

Why everyday life with a baby in Vilnius, Lithuania is awesome

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Forget kid-friendly, Vilnius is mom-friendly. In addition to the incredibly generous maternity leave, women aren't ostracized when they take time off from work, OR when they decide to go back to work. Now that I'm currently on a self-appointed maternity leave from lecturing at university, one of my biggest struggles when talking to Americans (either at home or here in Vilnius) is that people assume I've already gone back to work. Currently, I'm working from home as a freelance editor / proofreader but I've not started lecturing again. But, here in Vilnius, it is common to see other mothers (or sometimes fathers) spending time with their children at the park or in the library. And I think this is great! I feel so fortunate that I'm able to spend time with Baby ISO and I'm extra happy to be able to do so in Vilnius.
Another reason why Vilnius is mom-friendly is that there is never a shortage of things to do here. Bored of staying at home? Nope, not a chance as there really is a ton to do. It is also expected and accepted to visit restaurants or cafes with children in tow.
1) Safety. My number one reason for loving Vilnius as a parent is the safety of the city. Though Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, you will frequently see young children walking home from school or playing in parks alone, sleeping babies in carriages left outside of shops, and children riding the bus alone. I’ve never once seen anyone bother any children.
2) Playground and Parks. Outdoor spaces are scattered throughout the city and almost always have a playground or two. Taking children to the park to play or for a walk is a daily activity here.



3) Child Cafes. Yes! Kuku Muku Cafe was specifically created for children. The staff are dressed up (often as princesses or ballerinas), they have baby food on the menu, and there are toys and activities specifically for young children. For the adults, they serve coffee, tea, and snacks.
4) Kid-oriented theater. I know of three theaters in Vilnius that have special showtimes and performances for children. The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater has earlier start times for kid-friendly performances, such a Snow White and Cinderella, and children under 5 who sit on your lap are free of charge. The Arts Printing House (Menu Spaustuve) has shows that are created specifically for children 0-3 years old. We are going to a show at the Arts Printing House later this month, so I"ll let you know how it is. They also have puppet shows and other performances for older children. The Lele Theater (Vilniaus Teatras Lele) shows puppet shows of famous fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Thumbelina. They also have puppet performances of Lithuanian-specific fairy tales.



5) Mom-friendly. A happy mom = a happy baby? Not only is the maternity leave in Lithuanian appropriately long (up to 3 years paid), you’ll find mothers frequently walking their babies through the parks or taking advantage of the activities listed above (particularly 3 and 4). For nursing moms, nursing in public is not a problem here – I’ve nursed in public many times here and never had an issue. Nursing moms can also find beautiful nursing clothes from the Etsy shop, MiLKsense  (also sometimes sold at Pop Up shops in Vilnius).
6) Children's library. Vilnius has several public libraries, but the one on Traku g. focuses on children's books (and has books in English).
7) Children's events. Every so often, there are kid-focused sports events that take place on Gedimino Ave. Check this website for dates.


If you are visiting Vilnius with children please feel free to email me at luyoutravel@gmail.com or connect with me via social media @insearchofs if you have questions!

*A similar article appeared on Kid-Friendly Europe 101