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Lithuania's 2nd city Kaunas one of 3 European Capitals of Culture in 2022

Diliff   Annually since 1985, the cultural poobahs of the European Union have desginated one or more of the continent's cities (and as of 2022 it's three), as Capitals of Culture, focusing on their cultural offerings, allowing them to organize a series of cultural events (many with a strong pan-European dimension); bring in considerable additional revenue; foster urban renewal; and raise their international profiles and images. Since the first one, Athens, most of the better known cities have…

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A video overview of capital Vilnius

I visited Lithuania's capital many many years ago - in the early 1990s, shortly after independence - and found it pleasant but kind of sleepy and dull. In coming across this video recently while researching a return to the Baltics in 2022, I found this intro to the main sights of Vilnius - recognizing several of them - and while watching, it seemed to me that while things have changed here somewhat, it remains a pretty low-key city, and less interesting than neighboring Tallinn and even Riga,…

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    Red Menace: Communist-Era Relics
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