My friend Francine in London blackberryed me today from her local gastro pub which is run by a Lithuanian guy who also has a sideline in mini breaks in Lithuania . She’s keen on going to an “amazing folk festival” in Lithuania in June. One branch of my family hails from Vilnius. The gastro pub guy’s website is http://www.aoootravel.com and I see that his trips include a stop in Vilnius.
Here’s the description:
Our summer trips take you back to nature in a beautiful yet undiscovered Lithuanian countryside. Mushroom challenges with a two-day combination of gentle kayaking, cycling and walking. Springs reduces activities to one day, offering you a more relaxed second day in Druskininkai, the famous Lithuanian SPA resort. Visit to Unesco-listed political capital Vilnius is on both routes.
For future reference, here’s what I’ve culled from the NYT’s Travel Section story on 41 places to go in 2011.
Places I’ve already been: San Juan Islands, Wash; London; Milan; Olympic Park, Wash (went there on our honeymoon…along with the San Juan Islands. Would like to return to both!); Miami; Salonika, Greece (I called it Thessaloniki); Kosovo (I drove through then-Yugoslavia on the Magic Bus in 1982 and vowed to return on foot.)
Places I want to go: Park City, Utah; Loreto, Mexico; Oahu (going to Hawaii next January!); Sopot and Gdansk, Poland (Two terrific students from Gdansk stayed with in 2009 and my son visited them a few months later. Also on my list – Krakow!); Pingyao, China (first I’ve heard of it but ancient Ming architecture sounds like a must-see); ditto Hangzhou, China; Ezurum, Turkey (been to Turkey but not that far west.)
Places not on the top of my list: Iceland, Republic of Georgia; Cali, Columbia; Tozeur, Tunisia (not right now, given the political instability); ditto Iraqi Kurdistan.