Kaunas, Lithuania

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Kaunas is a town in Lithuania, situated at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris Rivers. According to legend, it was founded by the Roman patrician Palemon, who settled there with his three sons. The modern city has been settled since the 10th Century AD. I've been visiting Kaunas since 2006, and am currently working with a group of business incubators, clusters and a technology transfer centre. http://www.navigator-consulting.com/news/2012/10/09/32

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The Nemen (Niemen, Neman) River, which Napoleon crossed on his invasion of Russia in June This historical event was recently recreated this past summer. Modern City, Napoleonic Wars, Lithuania, Fathers, Russia, Past, June, Country Roads, River

The Nemen (Niemen, Neman) River, which Napoleon crossed on his invasion of Russia in June 2012. This historical event was recently recreated this past summer.

The Kaunas State Music Theatre - a fantastic venue for opera and concerts, that for some reason reminds me of Alexander Hall in Princeton. Music Theater, Theatre, Modern City, Lithuania, Concerts, Opera, Sweet Home, Mansions, Theater

The Kaunas State Music Theatre - a fantastic venue for opera and concerts, that for some reason reminds me of Alexander Hall in Princeton.

The architecture is less ornate, with cleaner lines, than a typical Byzantine-style church. Michael Church, Church Interior, Modern City, Lithuania, Vaulting, Byzantine, Architecture, Style, Arquitetura

St. Michael's Church interior. The architecture is less ornate, with cleaner lines, than a typical Byzantine-style church.

An antiques store in Kaunas. Even older, simpler buildings are well-maintained. Modern City, Antique Stores, Lithuania, Buildings, Antiques, Antique Shops, Antiquities, Antique, Old Stuff

An antiques store in Kaunas. Even older, simpler buildings are well-maintained.

The Pegasus Bookstore in Kaunas is the largest chain of bookstores. I appreciate the Greek name ; Greek Names, Modern City, Bookstores, Lithuania, Pegasus, Mansions, Chain, House Styles, Manor Houses

The Pegasus Bookstore in Kaunas is the largest chain of bookstores. I appreciate the Greek name ;-)

Yet another boutique on Liberty Avenue. If only the Fabourg St. Honore's quality could be combined with the ease and scale of this pedestrian street . Modern City, Pedestrian, Lithuania, Liberty, Scale, Boutique, Street, Weighing Scale, Political Freedom

Yet another boutique on Liberty Avenue. If only the Fabourg St. Honore's quality could be combined with the ease and scale of this pedestrian street ...

 Also known as the Garrison Church, St. Michael's is the official church of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Michael Church, The Garrison, Modern City, Lithuania, Armed Forces, Taj Mahal, River, Building, Special Forces

St. Michaels Church. Also known as the Garrison Church, St. Michael's is the official church of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The other side of the river bank is just beautiful -- entirely undeveloped. River Bank, Modern City, The Other Side, Lithuania, I Fall In Love, Beautiful Landscapes, Britain, Vineyard, Golf Courses

The other side of the river bank is just beautiful -- entirely undeveloped.

Kaunas Town Hall in the Old Town. Obviously, a popular spot for weddings! Modern City, Town Hall, Lithuania, Old Town, Statue Of Liberty, Old Things, Popular, Weddings, Old City

Kaunas Town Hall in the Old Town. Obviously, a popular spot for weddings!

 Francis Xavier Church in the Old Town. I was only able to get out at night; days are taken up by meetings and presentations. Francis Xavier, St Francis, Technology Transfer, Modern City, Lithuania, Getting Out, Old Town, Old Things, River

St. Francis Xavier Church in the Old Town. I was only able to get out at night; days are taken up by meetings and presentations.

Liberty Avenue is lined with high-end fashion boutiques. Many of these are new, having sprung up in the last 2 years. Technology Transfer, Modern City, High End Fashion, Lithuania, Boutiques, Fashion Boutique, Stuart Weitzman, Liberty, Boutique Stores

Liberty Avenue is lined with high-end fashion boutiques. Many of these are new, having sprung up in the last 2 years.

Typical architecture along Liberty Avenue. Much newer than the Old City, where the buildings are usually over 300 years old. Modern City, Old City, Lithuania, Liberty, Buildings, Old Things, Louvre, Clouds, River

Typical architecture along Liberty Avenue. Much newer than the Old City, where the buildings are usually over 300 years old.

 Michael's was built between 1891 and 1896 when Kaunas was part of the Russian Empire. Relaxing Places, Modern City, Lithuania, Taj Mahal, Empire, River, Building, Buildings, Construction

St. Michael's was built between 1891 and 1896 when Kaunas was part of the Russian Empire.

Scandinavian banks, including SEB and Swedbank, have a major market share in Lithuania. Here is the main SEB Bank Office in Kaunas. Banks Office, Technology Transfer, Modern City, Lithuania, Scandinavian

Scandinavian banks, including SEB and Swedbank, have a major market share in Lithuania. Here is the main SEB Bank Office in Kaunas.