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Lithuania

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: not yet names to conjure with, but each of the three Baltic sisters is asserting its distinctive cultural heritage as it shrugs off the shadow of the old Soviet Union. In the Baltic one can venture onto the doorstep of Mother Russia without challenges of visiting Russia itself.

Vilnius, a veritable Prague of the north, is a city of churches, and the streets and lanes are lined with spires and onion domes. Lithuanians share a staunchly Catholic heritage with their Polish neighbours, if not with their Baltic brethren to the north.

From the windows of our Old Town apartment most of the city's landmarks are visible, including the wedding cake of St Casimirís, with its black and gold crown; the baroque spire of St Johns, the university church; and the cream and chocolate tower of an Orthodox church, with its gold piping. Men in black, women in mauve parade up and down Pilies gatve, the street which has become a catwalk for tourists and locals alike, and you donít need a crystal ball to pick what's in, this summer.

Original images were 35mm Fujichrome or Ektachrome transparencies taken in 2001. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Ausros Vartai (Gates of Dawn) in the city wall, Vilnius
Ausros Vartai (Gates of Dawn) in the city wall, Vilnius
Basilica of the Cathedral, Vilnius
Basilica of the Cathedral, Vilnius
Christening party outside the Cathedral, Vilnius
Christening party outside the Cathedral, Vilnius
16th-century Gothic St Annes Church, Vilnius
16th-century Gothic St Annes Church, Vilnius
St Annes and the Bernadine Churches, Vilnius
St Annes and the Bernadine Churches, Vilnius
Spires of Holy Trinity Church, Vilnius
Spires of Holy Trinity Church, Vilnius
Theatregoers on a summer evening, Vilnius
Theatregoers on a summer evening, Vilnius
Three Muses, National Drama Theatre, Vilnius
Three Muses, National Drama Theatre, Vilnius
St Johns Church, Vilnius
St Johns Church, Vilnius
Cafe in the Old Town, Vilnius
Cafe in the Old Town, Vilnius
Central Market, Vilnius
Central Market, Vilnius
Fresh strawberries at the Central Market, Vilnius
Fresh strawberries at the Central Market, Vilnius
Vendor at the Central Market, Vilnius
Vendor at the Central Market, Vilnius
Cottage window at Trakai
Cottage window at Trakai
Trakai Castle, outside Vilnius
Trakai Castle, outside Vilnius
Forest figure by M.K. Curlionis, outside Druskininkai
Forest figure by M.K. Curlionis, outside Druskininkai
Watchtower at the Soviet Sculpture Museum, Grutas
Watchtower at the Soviet Sculpture Museum, Grutas
Three luminaries, Grutas
Three luminaries, Grutas
Lenin with the peoples of the world, Grutas
Lenin with the peoples of the world, Grutas
Lenin as mentor, Grutas
Lenin as mentor, Grutas
Russian nesting dolls for sale at Klaipeda
Russian nesting dolls for sale at Klaipeda
Ancient grave-markers at Neringa
Ancient grave-markers at Neringa
Sand dunes of the Curonian Strip
Sand dunes of the Curonian Strip
Curonian sailing ketch at Nida
Curonian sailing ketch at Nida
Summer cottage of the Nobel Prize-winning German author Thomas Mann at Nida on the Curonian Strip
Summer cottage of the Nobel Prize-winning German author Thomas Mann at Nida on the Curonian Strip