Let me start with a little bonus from this two day long stay in Lithuanian capital. As I mentioned in the first part, this trip was an anniversary gift for my parents, so it consisted mostly of showing them the most interesting in my opinion places in the city that I had already discovered the previous year.
On the day of our arrival the weather was very good as for the end of October, so we even managed to catch some blue sky over Vilnius cathedral
Later that day the sky became cloudy, and it was really cold when we reached the hill of three crosses that gives a panoramic view of the city
and then the Gedimino hill and tower with view on the so called Vilnius Manhattan and some baloons that (as we learned later) are very popular here
There was also some Vilnius by night (the gothic churches os St Anne and Bernardine are visible here)
and an obligatory guide to Lithuanian cuisine…
herring and beetroot salad
traditional dark bread
and boiled pork ear that is a local specialty and my father wanted very much to try (I found it disgusting)
we ended it with a choice of triditional liqueurs
The next day the weather was much worse, cold and rainy, so it was necessary to visit the university, the castle museum and cathedral with its catacombs
The last thing to see was the old Rasu cemetery where a lot of fameous Poles and Lithuanians are buried (my mom loves old cemeteries, so it was something for her). I must admit it looked very picturesque in the middle of autumn, in a very cold and foggy weather.
And for the end, a cake that looks strange but is very popular in Lithuania and Poland, called "sakotis" in Lithuanian and "sękacz" in Polish, made of some incerdible amounts of eggs, traditionally baked (roasted?) on the spit, delicious!
It is very easy and cheap to reach Vilnius airport: buses run frequently, it takes not more than 15 minutes and the price is 1 euro. The airport is very small, so you don't need much time before departure.
Here is the main departures hall
and current departures dispalyed
The safety control is very fast and nice, the staff is professional and polite. There isn't much to do on the airside part of the terminal. A few shops, 2-3 cafes and not to many opportunities for spotting as the windows are not spotting friendly at all.
LH A321 to FRA
WIZZ A321 to Oslo
and my equipment to WAW (the same aircraft as on the opposite direction) that has just arrived from Tallinn
Boarding starts on time, we need to go down the stairs to reach the bus
A good thing is that even if the flight isn't full, we can leave the hand luggage before boarding the plane and take it back while leaving in WAW (I hope the luggage guy won't stuck there)
We are greeted by a friendly CC and proceed to the already known cabin with blue headrest covers.
To my big surprise, already during on-line check-in, we are all given emergency exit seats but my parents decide to move to another free row. We stay and enjoy unlimited legroom.
It seems noone wants to seat in the exit rows so the CC needs some time to encourage passengers to move there. We continue to enjoy the legroom.
The tray table in this rows doesn't open, it is specially blocked and the one to be used is hidden in the armrest.
Before we depart, we are given some written and oral instructions on how to operate the exit if needed. The written instruction is in English and Estonian.
View from my window
Another Wizz aircraft in the distance
The cabin as we taxi to the runway
Another (this time a blue one) Nordica CRJ-900 arriving from Warsaw
and now the runway is ours
But not for long, as we rotate quickly and disappear in the clouds
to find some sun above them
Traditional LOT service begins not long after we reach the cruising altitude. Tea is the same awful. Again there is no BOB service, even if there are both Nordica and LOT menus in the seat pocket.
The flight is rather calm and descending to Warsaw seems endless as the clouds end shortly before touchdown
We stop next to a blue sister
Cabin and aircraft view during disembarking
Thanks for reading!
Vilnius - VNO
Warsaw - WAW
Nordica offers a very decent product combined with LOT service. The CRJ-900 is comfortable and provides a fast connection between the Baltics and Warsaw. VNO is a small, calm and cosy airport that will need some improvement shortly as it is no longer up to date.
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