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2023/04 Moments April 2023

Sightseeing one day in Vilnius, then variable weather in spring in Toronto.
Vilnius, Lithuania; Toronto, Ontario


Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
: View from second floor down into archeological artifacts and original walls dating back to the 1400s, destroyed the Russian invasions in the 1650s. In the 2000s, the palace was reconstructed as part of nation-building after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. During the Grand Duchy periods 1500s-1600s, the palace was favoured not only by the Dukes of Lithuania whom maintained political distinctiveness, but also the King of Poland who established a commonwealth through the marriage of royalty. (Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius) 20230401

Bridge of Uzupis
Bridge of Uzupis: Entering the Republic of Užupis on International Liars Day, border agents stamped our passports as we crossed the Vilnia River into the bohemian art district The theme for the 25th anniversary of the self-proclaimed republic is a protecting and nurturing angel, whose trumpet proclaims fellowship and faith in openness. We found the wall with the English version of the Užupis Constitution that encourages tolerance in Lithuania, including Man has the right to make mistakes. (Bridge of Užupis. Vilnius, Lithuania) 20230401


Uzupio Meno Inkubatorius
: Opening day for personal exhibition Painting (Tapyba) at #UžupioMenoInkubatorius. Entering the building with windows covered for a dark space, the canvas frames were not affixed to the walls, but suspended with straps tethered from the ceiling, and illuminated with spotlights. Instead of walking up to the artwork, walking around the abstract splashes of colour adds dimensionality to the experience. (Užupio Meno Inkubatorius, Vilnius, Lithuania) 20230401

Gediminas Castle Tower
Gediminas Castle Tower: On a rainy Sunday morning, started the ascent from the east side near the river, up a steep cobblestone path, joining to a set of wooden stairs where we paused to catch our breaths. The first brick castle was built in 1409, and as a symbol for the city, collapse and was rebuilt many times over 700 years. The three-storey tower, as it now stands, was re-architected in 1933 guided by archeological reearch. (Gediminas Castle Tower, Vilnius, Lithuania) 20230402


Cathedral Square, Vilnius
: Sunday market on a rainy second day of a connection visit, hat still wet from yesterday. Approached from Gedimino Prospektas, on the way to Vilnius Cathedral. Not in a shopping mood. (Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania) 20230402


Gerrard – Ashdale
: Live Qawwali led by @SufiShahidKhan in early evening @GerrardIndiaBaz Ramadan Kareem. Learning about another heritage culture, within bicycling distance on the east side of town. Observed local politicians posing for publicity photos. (Gerrard – Ashdale, Little India, Toronto, Ontario) 20220419

Lower Don River Trail
Lower Don River Trail: Bicycling east through the Bala Underpass has southbound path marked as closed to December 2023. Construction machines on top of raised earth downstream foreshadows future Don River Park, wrapped around rail yards and the forthcoming Ontario Line. Enjoying early spring weather on an aimless bicycle route. (Lower Don River Trail, Toronto, Ontario) 20220416

Sugar Beach
Sugar Beach: City dwellers lounging on chairs facing southwest towards Toronto Harbour in late afternoon, enjoying the sunset. It’s still spring in Toronto, so high fluctuations of temperatures meant bright sun, but I was biking around with scarf and mitts. Saw some die-hard runners in shorts with bare legs at 10 degrees C. (Sugar Beach, Dockside Drive, Toronto, Ontario) 20230427
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