Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Winter At Trakai Island Castle

Open any calendar of or tour guide for Lithuania and you'll run across a picture of Trakai castle. It's easy to see why. Trakai is an elegant brick structure situated on its own island within lake Galve. Think of it like Japan's Golden Pavilion Temple, in being photo-ready.

Trakai in winter. The castle dates to the 14th century.

Inside the compound and a look at the Ducal Palace, reached by a drawbridge.

The moat, now dry.

View from the compound to the lake. Ducal Palace courtyard.

The mighty outer wall and corner tower.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Savoring Winter Sun In Lithuania

Our winter hasn't been more extreme than that of most US snow belt cities. Not much cold, perhaps less snow. Seeing sun is another matter. Between short days and socked in gray skies, bright sun is rarer than snow falling.

When the sun shows, it seems to glow. Out commuting.

Extended bus and visiting a kiosk.

Looking like a star boarded a bus.

More commuting and temporary winter entrance to a clothing store.

Waiting for buses.