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Here a few things that I didn’t see in the winter, but are everywhere now that the weather is nice.

Babies in strollers

Moms walking their babies in strollers

Outdoor seating for almost every cafe and restaurant downtown

Outdoor seating for almost every cafe and restaurant downtown

Tour groups (especially from Poland)

Tour groups (especially from Poland)

and tour buses

and tour buses

After two weeks of sunshine and high temperatures in the 70s F (yes, I did say 70s F!), we’ve had several days of gray skies and rain.  This, of course, has made me think of Seattle.  Plus, tulips are blooming in gardens and roadside landscaping — which also makes me think of Seattle.  So here are a few photos from a Seattle-kind-of-day here in Vilnius.

A little bit of "sunshine" on a gray day

A little bit of "sunshine" on a gray day

Gray skies over the Neris river

Gray skies over the Neris river

Even on a cloudy day, the gilting causes the dome to glimmer

Even on a cloudy day, the gilting causes the dome to glimmer

forest-flowers

We’ve had warm, spring weather for a couple of weeks, but it wasn’t until last week that I saw flowers blooming and new leaves on trees.  Now pansies and other flowers are being planted in stone planters on the streets and even in the traffic circle near my house.  It’s finally starting to look like spring!

crocuses

new-leaves

We’ve had beautiful spring weather most of this week. As I was walking across town on Thursday, I was enjoying looking at some of Vilnius’ interesting and beautiful buildings against the clear blue sky.  I don’t know if the photos really capture what I saw, but here’s a taste of architecture and sky.

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Catholicism is the primary religion in Lithuania and Palm Sunday is a big event.  Today I went to the beginning of the Palm Sunday service at the Cathedral in the center of Vilnius.  As I mentioned in the Kaziukas Fair post, the verba, a dried flower arrangement on a stick, is a Vilnius tradition for Palm Sunday.  People also carry carry evergreen bunches and pussy willows.  So many people attend the Cathedral service that they have loudspeakers set up outside so people in the square can hear the service.  If you didn’t buy a verba at the fair or bring your own bunch of evergreens, you can buy them in the square outside the church.

The crowd in front of the Cathedral

The crowd in front of the Cathedral

Buy verba and greenery in the Cathedral Square

Buy verbas and greenery in the Cathedral Square

Waving evergreens during the procession

Waving evergreens during the procession

Watching the procession

Watching the procession

A few weeks ago I told you about an almost spring day that gave me hope winter would end soon.  That hope was quickly dashed as we had snow and cold and snow and cold throughout the month of March.  I was beginning to think that winter would just go on forever.  But suddenly Spring has arrived!  The high temperatures hit the mid-40s Fahrenheit yesterday and today.  This week I officially switched from my down coat to my wool coat (40s are still a bit chilly).  It was difficult to work in the archives today while looking out the window at the beautiful sunshine and people hanging out in the park across the street.  The forecast for next week is predicted to be (gasp!) in the 50s.  I’ve spotted buds on tree limbs and one friend told me that she saw purple crocuses blooming in a park.  Happy April and Happy Spring!

I'm looking forward to seeing these buds bloom!

I'm looking forward to seeing these buds bloom!

On April 1, Užupis Republic celebrated its 12th anniversary.  The festivities began at 5 pm with live music (which continued throughout the evening) and ended at 9 pm with the raising of the Užupis flag and fireworks.  It was great fun!

Welcome to Užupis Republic!

Welcome to Užupis Republic!

See the world from a new perspective

See the world from a new perspective

Paint a boat...

Paint a boat...

and set it afloat!

and set it afloat!

Visit the Art Incubator and watch a Japanese calligraphy demonstration

Visit the Art Incubator and watch a Japanese calligraphy demonstration

All under the care of the Užupis angel

All under the care of the Užupis angel

Friday and Saturday were beautiful, sunny days in Vilnius.   People came out in droves to enjoy the good weather, walking along the trail by the river and along the sidewalks downtown.  A friend and I spent Saturday afternoon walking around downtown.  We even got hot tea in to-go cups and sat outside in a little park enjoying the sunshine.  It wasn’t exactly warm (upper 30s Fahrenheit) and nothing has started to bloom, but somehow it felt a little bit like spring. I can’t quite explain it, but the air didn’t have that brisk, winter sunshine feel to it — it somehow seemed fresher.  Although my Lithuanian friends have been telling me that March would start to feel like spring, I didn’t believe them.  I fully expect to continue wearing wool sweaters, long underwear and boots for another month — especially since it is supposed to snow again next week.  But at least for a couple of days, it felt that winter really will come to an end.