Crossing the frozen lake in Trakai

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Main interest outside Vilnius we went to visit this typical place, the little trip became special due to the fact that we have been more interested by the possibility to walk on its lake than to check its history museum.

Let’s be slow

I have visited the town of Trakai in both summer and winter. It is always nice to walk there along the lake. In summer you can walk in the shadow listening birds and children playing with water, while in winter the white snow covers everything and let you appreciate the contrast of the forest with the sky and lake. Add that it needs about half an hour walking from the bus or train station through the city to reach the main island, you will definitely like it if you miss the countryside!

Reaching the island by walking on the ice

We took the train of 12:30 in Vilnius, we arrived a bit late at the station and I bought all ticket by myself to be sure to not miss the train.The ride takes 30 minutes and seemed faster that time.

When we arrived I noticed that the sky wasn’t as good as yesterday, not dark but a little grey depsite few cloud-free areas. We started to walk around the lake trying to not fall on the floor: I did but didn’t hurt myself. We continued until the castle was visible and a French said « let’s go by the lake ». I wasn’t really ready to do it because of the long distance to do and the unknown ice thickness. The feeling was for me strange, will it break or not? I had no idea. Just I was aware that if I hear any sound it would not be a good thing for me.

Walking on the frozen lake of Trakai

Walking on the frozen lake of Trakai

We walk for 15min at least on the middle of this lake, looking at the regular way on the lands we should have took. Once arrive near the castle we made few photos to show that « we did it » and enter in the castle courtyard. There girls said that nobody was really interesting by visiting the museum and so, getting inside the castle. We turned back and left it. With the three boys we had a walk around the castle and when met the girls again, we all left to the centre and then to the bus station where we made a new friend: old drunk Russian guy…

Typical wooden houses in Trakai

Typical wooden houses in Trakai

Guillaume Speurt

Guillaume Speurt

French settled in Estonia, I have spent my last years in the Baltic States. I love photography and travelling in Eastern and Central Europe, I write this blog to relate my experiences.
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