August 30, 2003
The KGB Museum is actually the old KGB building where the cells and rooms on the lower levels have been turned into a historical account of the victims of genocide under the Soviet rule. At least 250,000 Lithuanians were tortured by KGB and sent to Siberian work camps to build railroads.
The place really gave me a chill up the spine, especially the wall where a collection of photos were displayed of rebel Lithuanians who were shot and placed in the middle of town squares to dissuade the local people from protecting other rebels. This place really is a must-see.
The Gediminas Tower is the last remaining piece of a castle built as part of the city fortifications. It is situated right behind the cathedral. Take the long walk up the hill and go inside the tower at the top. Inside is a small but fantastic display of armour and weaponry from centuries gone by. Once at the top you will have a breathtaking view of Vilnius and its surroundings. I stayed up at the top for about 2 hours and just enjoyed the view.
On my last day in Vilnius, a Lithuanian pilot attempted a world record for flying under all ten bridges on the river Neris. He accomplished this feat in a Sukhoi aerobatic plane and I managed to get some great photos. About 100,000 people lined the banks of the river to see this magnificent feat.
From journal European Travelogue