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« on: April 03, 2013, 05:50:54 PM »

labas. A? būsiu Vilniuje kitą mėnesį.

If there's anybody around and interested in doing something, get in touch...

I will also be in Ignalina, with a possiblity of a trip to Klaipeda

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 04:51:47 PM »

Heya,

I've been dropping seeds and seed bombs at will in Ignalina, Vilnius and Trackai, with a planting planned  in the independant republic of Uzupis tomorrow May 17th, shortly after 10am, local time. On Jonas Mackas street. Beside the scary cat. Locals will know!!!

In fact, I've picked up a good idea, which I'll share when I get round to uploading the photos, the dozens and dozens of photos......


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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 01:06:00 PM »

For a flavour, and before I have to leave my phone in for 10 working days....to see if it can be fixed. Some photos....

Ok, a starter for ten. With a seed bomb in each planter...who else, bar all Lithuanians, knows where this is?



with my old mucker, Sarunas Marcilionis from the Golden State Warriors.

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 03:35:35 PM »

For everyone else, here it is, the Basketball Arena.



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and the two girls from the Malmo yarnbomb expedition!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 02:53:03 PM »

So, this is the good idea I've spotted on the Free Walking Tour that I mentioned before.

And thanks here to our wonderful guide Jurate, who was a wealth of knowledge, fact, fiction and myth. If it's about Vilnius or Uzupis- she knows it!



it's the two partial car tyres fixed to the wall. Don't they make great places and opportunities for hanging baskets?

Ok, the location is on Jonas Mekas getve.


Right by the scaredy cat. There was a happy cat before, but it's been stolen. Not the only thing stolen in Jonas Mekas g that week....



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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 03:09:06 PM »

Right, the previous appointment for 10am had to be postponed due to a bit of a headache. Not entirely unrelated to activities partaken of the previous evening with my Palestinian 'nephew' and a bottle of Tequila. But I digress...

The next evening, I made my attack....geranium in hand....


The empty containers...

A Tupperware lunchbox of topsoil later (the soil in Lithuania is very sandy, very sandy indeed.)

Geranium planted....


with the pot it came in. And 500ml of water. Too much the water carrying capacity of the tyre is rather low. That's why I chose the geranium, they can take a dry environment....

At 1am, it was still warm/hot....
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 03:19:03 PM »

Right, last day in town and a few hours to kill, so I headed over to Uzopis for a check up.

To my horror, I found this.....


 which was disappointing to say the least!
So, I legged it down to Iki at the bottom of the hill, not far from the wall displaying the Constitution of Uzopis, and got a basil. Tried it for size....


ok, pretty good.
So, I threw three seed bombs into the original 'pot' and left it at that. Fingers crossed.

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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2013, 08:24:55 PM »

Outside the infamous building on Gediminas Prospektus...

a seedbomb in each of the three tree pits outside...



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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2013, 08:27:44 PM »

encore une fois....outside the National Theatre, yes, you've guessed it, on Gediminas P.




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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2013, 08:39:06 PM »

A case of mistaken identity in the next one. "Typical Tourist", I hear you say!

I was told, or read up about the National Parliament, about the Jan 1991 revolution and the barricades that were built in front of the National Parliament, and the 13 people that died that day and the fact that they left some of the barricades standing, in memory.....

Ok, wouldn't YOU think this is the national parliament building. I mean, it has barricades in front of it and everything. Everything fits....One would have thought....d'oh!!!


Seed bomb in a flower box in front of a building with a  barricade around it....(I did wonder how they got in to pass any laws, it circled the building)

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2013, 08:44:52 PM »

A seedbomb in a tree pit in front of the building with a barricade...



And then, a fuller, clearer photo of the building with the barricade around it....


Another of the building with the barricade....

Turns out it's the National Library, closed for renovations.
Oh how I laughed!
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2013, 08:47:20 PM »

Opposite my most frequented Coffee Inn on Vilnaus Ave.

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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2013, 05:14:59 PM »

These flower boxes of yellow and blue pansies got a few seed bombs.  Down by the University...



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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2013, 05:26:33 PM »

Gediminas Prospektus is a beautiful tree lined street opposite the Cathedral. It's a joy to cycle on too. But for this moment it time, the concentration is on the tree pits....  Wink

It was Europe Day weekend of festivities, May 10th/11th.


Reverse view of the Cathedral and Bell Tower (Esmerelda!!!!)

The first couple of tree pits on either side got a couple of seed bombs...


hmm, out of focus. I think I DID go back and take another photo that's in  focus. Maybe I'll change it at a later date...
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2013, 05:45:20 PM »

The Polish embassy is down this street to the left.  And this open area of bushes and shrubs got several seed bombs.



There's a square off to the right where the French and Swedish embassies look out onto.  Not unsurprisingly, as a capital city the place is swimming in embassies.  In Dublin there's an 'Embassy Belt'.  Less so here, they're spread out. I must've seen about 15 or so. . .
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2013, 05:53:00 PM »

As you can see, it looks quite different from the Library building....ahem...

This is the part of the barriers that have been preserved as a memorial. The actual parliament building is behind it. To the rear of this section is a kind of 'war room' area....



And below, you can see the barrier and to the right, the passport photos of the people who were killed that day....(including those at the TV tower. Photos to follow)


Memorial and flowers...
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2013, 06:15:38 PM »

The TV tower was another scene of activity in January 1991.



I planted some sunflower seeds in a flower bed at the base, near the red car here in the lower left of the photo....


Statue at the base of the tower...


The Tower spins 360 degrees. I say spin, more like 'rotates'. Well worth a visit. 28 lita.

Just so happens, that a Japanese journalist is among those honoured in the 'memorial' at ground floor level. Providing photographic evidence of what happened in those traumatic days....fwiw.
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2013, 06:22:06 PM »

About 6km outside Ignalina in the east of the country lies this church. Wonderful colour of the bricks and the roof.
Anyway, I seed bombed the grass verge at the gates along the road....



I think that concludes the Trip to the Baltics for this year, would love to go back and visit Kaunas, the Hill of Crosses and Klaipeda, definitely.

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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2015, 11:27:22 PM »

Okay, it's been a while. I get the warning...but I saw this lovely photo online.

Gediminas Prospektus



if you're on facebook, go to the I love Lithuania page. There's a treasure trove of beautiful photos. Including Trakai castle. Check it out. A lovely country.

I may visit again. I'm considering cycling Eurovelo Route 10 from Tallin to Klaipeda and then fly back from Kaunas. We'll see how it goes. Tentatively it's planned for May 2016. dv


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