I can’t say Lithuania is somewhere that I had on my ‘must visit’ list, honestly I didn’t know much about it as a destination, but when the opportunity arose to go on a (very) cheap weekend away there in November 2021, I snapped up the chance.
I flew out with Ryanair one early Saturday morning from London Luton Airport, and spent just short of three days in the city of Vilnius, before flying home on Monday afternoon.
Coming into land, our flight was greeted by a flurry of heavy snowfall, which blanketed Vilnius International Airport at such a pace that the snowplows were out in force. The last time I landed in a snowy city was Budapest in 2019. I get all emotional and excited whenever I see snow, especially abroad!
We had booked ourselves a cosy Airbnb for the weekend, rather last-minute too as our original booking was cancelled the day prior due to a Covid-19 case. Nothing like a global pandemic to keep you on your toes. Located right on the edge of the main centre, we were within comfortable walking distance of all the best spots.
The weekend in Vilnius was spent seeking warmth inside charming restaurants and bustling coffee shops, and browsing the Scandi-style decor boutiques, which left me wishing I had more than just a backpack for luggage.
From sampling the local food and drinking plenty of red wine, to venturing to great heights for the best city views and winding through the Christmas markets, it was a delightful little November escape to soften the post-honeymoon blues.