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Accidentally, we notice an announcement of a new opening right next to our accommodation, the Rentida Apartments.
It is Theobromine Chocolatier, a tearoom in the heart of Vilnius. The name derives from the bitter alkaloid of the cocoa plant, the theobromine. Theobromine is structurally related to caffeine and has a stimulating effect like this.
Ursula insists on exploring Theobromine Chocolatier. From the young women in the shop, she learns that the manager is a Belgian. And so you can also enjoy Belgian chocolates in Vilnius. The delicious creations, such as Strawberry-Basil or Mango-Pepper are made in the basement of the house.
The place makes a fresh, friendly impression and after a short tasting, Ursula wishes them a successful start and all best for the future.
We stroll through the old town of Vilnius, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.
At the northern end of the Pilies gatve, we come across a group of Spanish musicians, who entertain the passerby.
AJ Chocolate Restaurant
Again, we come across chocolate.In the AJ Chocolate Restaurant, you can see the chocolate room. The furniture and decor in this room are completely made of chocolate.
Church of St. Casimir
Afterwards, we visit the Church of St. Casimir, which was opened in 1615. It was the first church of the Jesuits in Lithuania and is designed after the Il Gesù church in Rome.
Church and monastery of the Holy Trinity
We walk south and discover the gate entrance to the church and Monastery of the Holy Trinity. In the courtyard, it still looks very original. Unfortunately, filming is not allowed.
Gate of Dawn
Our next destination is the Gate of the Dawn, which houses the icon of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn. It is a place of pilgrimage for Lithuanian and Polish pilgrims. Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn is one of the most important sanctuaries in Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland.
The Gate of Dawn was built in 1522. In addition, one built a Carmelite monastery in 1626. The icon came to Vilnius in 1652. Pope John Paul II visited Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn in 1993.
The coat of arms of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania adorns the outside of the gate. The national coats of arms of Lithuania and Belarus derived from this coat of arms.
On the square in front of the city hall, one serves the guests at a Dinner In the Sky. The night lighting gives the scenery a mystical mood. Unfortunately, everything is fully booked, but the nice employee offers each of us a glass of champagne.
Bunte Gans – Vokisko stiliaus Restoranas
So we look for a place in the restaurant Bunte Gans, which has some tables in the open. The restaurant is known for its delicious German-/International dishes. We enjoyed the fried goose breast “Bunte Gans” style with orange-ginger sauce and a Wiener Schnitzel.
Three young Americans from New York sit at the adjacent table. We start a conversation with them and they offer us to join their table, what we gladly accept.
We still do not suspect what fateful evening this should be. Zack Waite and his friend Slava have enjoyed a designer education. Zack has become self-employed and has a small company with several employees. Slava works for a consulting firm but is not really happy with his job.
The third one is Neal, who has just finished his law degree. This is also the reason for their trip to the Baltics. Before Vilnius, they visited Riga, Latvia. Their flight back to the USA is scheduled the next morning. But now there is a problem. Slava has fallen in love in Riga and is unsure if he should not stay in Riga. While we are still weighing up various options, Neal is already ordering a bus ticket to Riga for the next day via his mobile phone.
When we split up, it’s not clear what Salva would do, but when we get back home, we learn from Zack that Slava actually went to Riga. We hope to find out more, but in any case, we wish Slava all the best and hope that he has found his luck.
We walk a bit through the illuminated old town of Vilnius before we start the bus trip to Warsaw the next morning.
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