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The article reads "on highways the u-turn is possible". Is that really true for autostrados/automagistralės (green signs)? I don't remember seeing it there – and I've recently driven down both autostrados (Klaipėda–Kaunas and Vilnius–Panenežys) in their full length. I do remember seeing some on dual-carriageway greitkeliai (blue signs). On the A1 between Vilnius and Kaunas it seems some have been removed recently (OpenStreetMap shows them, but I didn't see any in reality), this is a greitkelis that is being converted to a full autostrada. --[[User:Stanton|Stanton]] 12:22, 19 August 2011 (EDT)
 
The article reads "on highways the u-turn is possible". Is that really true for autostrados/automagistralės (green signs)? I don't remember seeing it there – and I've recently driven down both autostrados (Klaipėda–Kaunas and Vilnius–Panenežys) in their full length. I do remember seeing some on dual-carriageway greitkeliai (blue signs). On the A1 between Vilnius and Kaunas it seems some have been removed recently (OpenStreetMap shows them, but I didn't see any in reality), this is a greitkelis that is being converted to a full autostrada. --[[User:Stanton|Stanton]] 12:22, 19 August 2011 (EDT)
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When I was there in 2008 I travelled on the A1 several times, between Vilnius and Klaipeda, and didn't notice any U-turns taking place. In fact the road was being fitted with crash barriers on the central reservation, which would serve to physically prevent U-turns except at the occasional gaps which are used by the emergency services if there is a pile-up. The road was comparable to British "expressways", which are A-roads that just fall short of motorway standard. I wouldn't be surprised if U-turns were acceptable during Soviet times as I have heard of Ukrainian drivers in Britain being stopped by the Police for doing this on our motorways. During the Soviet era, private car ownership was much less common, and the speed limit was 90 km/h, therefore the risk posed by U-turns would have been far less. Whether or not U-turns are still legal, I strongly recommend that visitors who need to turn round do so at the next junction, and drive defensively in case another vehicle does a U-turn in front of them. [[User:84.93.157.1|84.93.157.1]] 17:08, 11 March 2012 (EDT)

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Gypsies?

This is especially true in the poor neighborhoods with large Gypsy populations.

This statement makes no sense. Roma people make up less than 0,001% of Lithuanian population - one of the smallest figures among European states. There are no neighborhoods (except one village near Vilnius) - be it rich or poor - with noticeable Roma numbers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romani_people_by_country

--212.117.16.24 10:10, 3 February 2011 (EST)

Define respectable distance

two male visitors to a straight nightclub should sit a respectable distance apart - define! ha! -- Johntinsley 06:27, 8 April 2008 (EDT)

Far enough to not appear to be an "item". I would suggest about a metre apart. My Lithuanian friend was quite adamant on this. I am gay but he is not, and he said it still didn't make any difference. 62.249.253.222 18:09, 5 August 2008 (EDT)

External research link removed

Removed this entry:

  • www.vilnius-hotel-guide.com - Vilnius Hotels Guide - Wide range of hotels, pensions and apartments in Vilnius and Lithuania.

May be good for data mining. -- Fastestdogever 23:46, 21 March 2007 (EDT)

Tendering large denomination banknotes

I was wondering about the accuracy of this statement: You will draw a lot of attention to yourself if you try to use one of the larger banknotes for a small purchase such as a beer Isn't it a little exaggerated? Jamboo 05:34, 20 March 2008 (EDT)

It is exaggerated a lot as it is not uncommon both for foreigners and Lithuanians to pay in 100 or 200 notes.
It is accurate in my experience. In a nightclub (in fact the one where men sit at arm's length from each other) I tried paying for a drink with a 200 lt note and the "hostess" showed it to two of the bouncers before proceeding into the back room to get change. This was in late 2007 when the cost of a beer was between 4 and 6 lt, depending on the venue. 62.249.253.222 18:09, 5 August 2008 (EDT)

Because there are many counterfeit banknotes in Lithuania. Especialy 100 lt.

Best/worst education system

Lithuania has one of the best educational systems in the World - that is simply not true. Lithuania's educational system is one of the worst in Europe. --78.60.47.216 18:15, 2 September 2008 (EDT)

Hmm, are the two characterizations mutually incompatible? --Peter Talk 22:09, 2 September 2008 (EDT)

Regions

There is a shortage of regional articles for Lithuania. Wikitravel lists 5 regions (a) Aukštaitija - literally Highlands, northeastern and eastern region, (b) Žemaitija - Samogitia, literally Lowlands, north-western region, (c) Dzūkija or Dainava - south-eastern region,. (d) Sūduva or Suvalkija - southern and south-western region, (e) Lithuania Minor - sea-coast region. While the CIA Factbook and Wikipedia divide Lithuania into 10 counties (or apskritys, singular - apskritis); Alytaus, Kauno, Klaipedos, Marijampoles, Panevezio, Siauliu, Taurages, Telsiu, Utenos, Vilniaus. How do these two devision methods work together? Or do they? -- Huttite 07:17, 29 December 2009 (EST)

The regions are a division based on culture and history, not on administrative/political borders; in fact, borders are not even clearly defined. The apskritys, on the other hand, were political subdivisions with clearly defined borders – every city, town or village was part of one apskritis. They have been abolished only recently (in 2009 I think). I'd suggest sticking with the five historical regions. --Stanton 15:55, 15 June 2011 (EDT)

"In general, Lithuania is a safe country. But you should take basic safety measures: "

Haha that's funny, yet somewhat true.

U-turn on highways?

The article reads "on highways the u-turn is possible". Is that really true for autostrados/automagistralės (green signs)? I don't remember seeing it there – and I've recently driven down both autostrados (Klaipėda–Kaunas and Vilnius–Panenežys) in their full length. I do remember seeing some on dual-carriageway greitkeliai (blue signs). On the A1 between Vilnius and Kaunas it seems some have been removed recently (OpenStreetMap shows them, but I didn't see any in reality), this is a greitkelis that is being converted to a full autostrada. --Stanton 12:22, 19 August 2011 (EDT)

When I was there in 2008 I travelled on the A1 several times, between Vilnius and Klaipeda, and didn't notice any U-turns taking place. In fact the road was being fitted with crash barriers on the central reservation, which would serve to physically prevent U-turns except at the occasional gaps which are used by the emergency services if there is a pile-up. The road was comparable to British "expressways", which are A-roads that just fall short of motorway standard. I wouldn't be surprised if U-turns were acceptable during Soviet times as I have heard of Ukrainian drivers in Britain being stopped by the Police for doing this on our motorways. During the Soviet era, private car ownership was much less common, and the speed limit was 90 km/h, therefore the risk posed by U-turns would have been far less. Whether or not U-turns are still legal, I strongly recommend that visitors who need to turn round do so at the next junction, and drive defensively in case another vehicle does a U-turn in front of them. 84.93.157.1 17:08, 11 March 2012 (EDT)

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