- Soviet Bunker:
If you’re interested in more recent history then Vilnius is just the place for you to live under Soviet rule! Visitors are taken to a forest where they’re “ambushed” by members of the Red Army. Captured and blindfolded, the prisoners are then taken to a bunker, 19ft below ground, where they’re Soviet prisoners for three hours! This is “1984: Survival Drama In A Soviet Bunker” – a three hour long, interactive, quasi theatrical experience in a real Soviet bunker in the middle of the Lithuanian forest! Complete with KGB officers, real dogs and blindfolds, this is a hit with tourists!
- Palace Of The Grand Duke Of Lithuania:
This huge gleaming white palace, sitting in the middle of Vilnius, was first constructed during the 15th century. It flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries but was demolished in 1801. Reconstruction work started in 2002 and the palace was opened in 2009. It was officially open to the public in 2013. Serving as the national museum, its exhibits are rich with Lithuanian history from the Middle Ages and onwards. As snow clings to the palace during the winter, it makes for a breathtaking backdrop.
- Gediminas’ Tower:
Now, many years later, as an adult and an avid traveler, before leaving for a trip, I search out every museum in the town or city of our upcoming trip destination before hand. We fill every day with tons of activities, some of which is free or inexpensive, educational and all the while, we’re making memories as a family.
The Internet is a luxury I never had back in the seventies. Had it been around back those days, there’s no telling where I’d be today! Maps are easily at our disposal and GPS’s makes traveling so much easier. Nowadays, before arriving at a destination, I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it. Nothing bothers me more than to hear a bunch of teenagers whining about being bored and not having anything to do! Especially on my trip! So I plan every day ahead of time, and make sure that slack times are in the evenings where we gather around the pool and enjoy a good swim or if we’re camping out, we all gather around the fire where we can roast wieners or marshmallows, make s’mores and have family time
- Step 1 – Skin the cactus. De-spinning it would be the best starting point before then carefully cutting away the dark green skin of the plant. Using a serrated knife cut away white flesh until you are in the core of the plant and then dispose everything else but the white flesh.
- Step 2 – Go ahead and prepare the flesh. You can use the traditional method where you cut the flesh into small chunks, adding them in a bowl and using potato smasher to pulverize. The most modern method of preparing the flesh would be to cut the flesh into chunks and throwing in your blender, adding water and then blending to pulverize.
- Step 3 – Pour the flesh puree in a crock pot and add enough water. A good amount would be just enough to fill the pot. You can then add juice of 2 large lemons into the mixture.
- Step 4 – Allow the mixture to boil lightly and then cook for at least 6 hours. If you are following the traditional way of preparing the brew, then it would be a good idea to pulverize some more and then allowing 12 hours to 36 hours