Vilnius Old Town is the kind of place that you just throw out the guidebook and explore. At every turn and in every nook and cranny of its cobblestone streets and charming buildings, there’s something to be discovered. One of my favorite moments was stumbling upon Literatų Gatvė, a short street that also serves as a small outdoor art gallery. A free art gallery in the middle of Old Town!
The art work of over 100 select, Lithuanian artists is displayed on several walls. The pieces are primarily small mixed media prints, drawings and paintings. Several pieces caught my eye immediately like the decorated set of dentures while others begged for closer examination. There were pieces that made me smile and others that just made me go “hmmm”.
Each art piece is numbered and there is a plaque that identifies who the artist is so you can look them up on the web. I didn’t recognize any of the names but I most certainly appreciated the creativity of each artist.
Afterwards, I learned that the gallery was started in 2008 and is dedicated to Lithuanian writers, poets and essayists who have left their mark on the city.
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mushroom shaped cookies
Try the ubiquitous mushroom shaped gingerbread cookies in Vilnius. Find them at farmers markets in the traditional brown and white icing or at the store Senamiescio Krautuve on Literatu Gatve with red and white icing. A perfect cookie to dunk in coffee or tea.