Kaunus is Lithuania's second city and certainly a laid back place to visit. We stayed in the Lietuva I hotel which is a throwback to the Brezhnev era. It was great to stay there though as it was very handy for the bars and restaurants which are plentiful, especially along the main avenues of Laisves (a non-smoking street!) and Vilniaus. There was even an Irish bar close by with live music every night....and Guinness!

Kaunus is positioned at the junction of two rivers, the Neris and the Nemunas. You can walk most of the way along the riverside. On a bright sunny day it's certainly a plaesure to do so.

The old town has many old buildings and the ruins of a castle. Pictured here is the town Hall where we witnessed about 8 weddings converging for their civil ceremonies inside. It was quite a sight as we sat in a bar and sipped a cold beer whilst munching on kepta duona which is deep fried garlic bread.

Also in the old town is the Lithuanian Museum of Sport. It was very interesting and a lot of the exhibits are explained in English.

In Kaunus you will find various monuments and parks. This one contains an eternal flame dedicated to those killed in various struggles across the years.

There are lots of museums too if the weather is bad. My favourite was the Devil's Museum which contains over 2000 devils of different shapes and sizes from all over the world.

From Kaunus we took an Express Bus to the Spa town of Druskininkai.

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