Friday, June 12, 2009



Trakai has several nice restaurants by different lakes that surround the small town. So after the Castle and the boat, it's time for food...

"WOODEN SCULPTURE - Everywhere you go, there will be some wooden sculptures waiting for you..."

"THE RESTAURANT where we had lunch had a wonderful location"

"GREEN - Even the shirt (Penina Golf Club) was green..."

"THERE WAS FOOD (lots of food...)"










"A ROWER (Curious)"


M. Kate from the beautiful blog La Vie est Belle was so kind to pass me this lovely award. Thanks Melialissa! Truly appreciated!


Trotter said...

Hi Folks! «Primum edere (it could be «vivere» or «bibere») deinde philosophare»; so it’s time for a nice meal at an idyllic location. Take your time and enjoy!!! Have a great weekend.

Olivier said...

voila une ambiance sympathique, une bonne petite fete.

Z said...

Great location. I'm interested in the roof. Is that some sort of thatch?

Anonymous said...

Man am i jealous of your life style or what... !!

what pictures... I run out of adjectives.. and what places you visit... !! mind blowing...

lv2scpbk said...

Looks like you and your wife had a wonderful time. Lots of food, dancing and a walk to get the calories burned off. The band looked like fun. I could almost smell the clean fresh air. It's nice being away from the bigger cities at times.

Chubby Chieque said...

Congrats Gil!

I truly understand Melissa now. You rocks in your travelling.

I love adventure and the whole family loves to travel too. Thanks for sharing your joyous journey to the world.

Happy blissful w/end.


hpy said...

TYour piost is lovely as usual, but it also reminds me that I have to go and see Melialissa again. I'm much too busy with things other than blogging!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

It looks so picture-perfect here that it's almost unreal--like a stage set or something. It would be nice to spend summers here, I bet!

SusuPetal said...

Mm, that cake looks delicious! Have a nice weekend, Gil!

alicesg said...

Wow nice place to just enjoy and relax and have a meal. Love the beautiful cake with the sparklers. But I dont think I want to sit in the open under the hot sun to have my

Tony said...

Great pictures! Very interesting to see the roofs on the buildings, beautiful.

A Lady's Life said...

Peaceful, green, picturesque,paradise!
What else can you say.
A place to live and die.:)

A Lady's Life said...

Congrats on the award:)

Anonymous said...

I guess I am a very lucky person Gil. Except for the thatched roof that looks like my home. Sorry you have had to visit the "beach" three times. A fresh post will be up tomorrow although it's a pink one. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

leo said...

The greens on the lake are a lovely contrast!! what is that..pyro on the cake? :) hv a good wkend my fren. peace.

Pietro Brosio said...

Gil, to enjoy these splendid images of such a green and picturesque place is a sort of holiday for me too! :-)
Have a very good weekend!

Venksh said...

Wow such awesome picx... the greenery simply superb... i really like that cottage across the river..
Sorry Gil could't comment quickly on last post bcos was out of town actually my grandmother had expired so had to attend her funeral was busy in that...


PeterParis said...

Sorry if I'm not among the first to comment here (and the preceding post), but I have some good excuses; have met a number of bloggers here this week - always a great pleasure! Just waitng for the Blogtrotter couple! :-)

Beuatiful - and for me somehow unexpected type of - landscape!

Indrani said...

Beautiful shots!
Great place to enjoy.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

A wonderful barbecue lunch indeed! I'm soul-filled!

Have a good weekend!

Ms.N said...

very vivid pictures- and definitely idyllic. love the enjoying the sun photo...

also the 'blue' photos in an earlier post....

Ms.N said...

very vivid pictures- and definitely idyllic. love the enjoying the sun photo...

also the 'blue' photos in an earlier post....

Chuckeroon said...

Nice to see Mrs Trotter enjoying the sun! No doubt while you were still at the dining table?

Glad you are enjoying "Rooflines" (so am I).

Shantanu said...

What a fantastic place. All of those sculptures lying around provides an additional interesting twist to a picture-perfect setting!

Dina said...

Great place for lunch. Just the roof alone would be enough for the exotic beauty prize.
Thanks for the picture of the Karaim down below. I've never really seen photos of them.

Dina said...

Oh, and happy Saint Antonio Day in Portugal!

Dsole said...

yep, what a nice place for a break in this caotic life!!
Have a nice weekened, hope everything is fine with you :)

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Hi Gil,

Yes indeed a great countrie/place (Portugal)to be, with lots of green and reen shirt) water and enjoyable women and good views and sun? nice man and your woman too....

Any how its always nice to get an award, so my congrats for that Gil.

Greetings from JoAnn/Holland

Mariposa said...

the green soothes the eyes..i love the pic of your wife soaking in the sun. she looks so beautiful :)

wonderful post!

Anonymous said...

I never say no to food. ;-)

What a wonderful setting to enjoy a meal.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Congrats on your award.


Baron's Life said...

What a lovely picnic it seems to have the gardens and the general atmosphere you are projecting in your photos

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Thanks for taking us on yet another wonderful adventure! Looks like a lovely place to be as a matter of fact, wish I was there now!

Ron said...

Looks like a very tranquil place, very peaceful. I could handle that. Great pics!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks like such a relaxing place to have lunch, Gil! That is a wonderful photo of Mrs Trotter enjoying the sun.

I hope you all had wonderful birthday celebrations this weekend!

Gattina said...

I don't know why but these pictures remind me Austria !
Very nice !

diane b said...

Excuse my ignorance, but which country are we in now? Lithuania or Portugal? Lovely picture story. Green sooths the brain.

magiceye said...

wow! superb place to spend quality time!

Have started a new meme Pet Pride where you can display your or your friends' pets every week beginning every Sunday! Do join in and share your pet pride with the world!

PN Subramanian said...

Enjoyed your photographs here as well. Incidentally are the wooden sculpture a memorial pillar (often placed over the graves by tribals). In many parts of India such pillars could be encountered in the deep woods.

Lara said...

beautiful location indeed! the perfect ambiance for a perfect lunch!

Maria Verivaki said...

very pretty outing - and that cake looks fabulous

eye in the sky said...

god! the cake is mouth watering! now i'm hungry... lol

rochambeau said...

Banjo's in Portugal? Amazing! Thank you trotter for the tour!


Unknown said...

Much deserved award Gil!! and wow..I would love to be there..and there's cake, that's it, I am packing my bags now :) Happy week ahead...

MedaM said...

Wonderful location, beautiful lake, lovely sunny day, good company! You really had a great time. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and a part of atmosphere you enjoyed.
Congratulations on the award that you truly deserved.

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

I wish I were there and could listen to the band and...

[G@ttoGiallo] said...

You were right, this really a lovely place !

Rajesh said...

Beautiful location and the snaps. Loved wooden sculptures.

Oman said...

You sure know how to enjoy life to the fullest. Thanks for the fantastic pics.

Lakshmi said...

thats a wonderful so hungry now

Trotter said...

Hi Folks! Lovely to read you here as always! The heat has come together with the work, and that is a terrible combination... 01 a.m. and the temperature outside is 25º Celsius... I would love to be by the lake or, better, on the beach... ;))

J’ai un disque en vinil qui s’appelle «Gabriel Valse, bal folk» et qui me rappelle le déjeuner au bord du lac: un vrai bal en campagne avec les Toussaint et cousins, Marc Perrone et Perlinpinpin Folk… Belle fête, c’est vrai… ;)

You’re right: that’s a thatched roof!

Come on, no need to be jealous; I’m stuck here… ;))

I fully agree. We had a great time and it was wonderful: first the location; then the meal and the party; and finally, being away from a great city…

Thanks for your visit and first time comment! It’s always a great pleasure to get acceptance and furthermore from fellow lovers of travel side!!! Xoxo

Why the UN before the HPY? Are you joining the United Nations or just feeling sad? Come on, make it feel better!!

It’s true that sometimes it almost look like a stage set; absolutely incredible all that green; and the weather was perfect!!

Must confess that we could hardly see food when they came with the cake… But we kept a slice for your next visit to Portugal! ;)

Alice SG,
The sun was hot and, as I’m from a Southern Europe country, I didn’t have my meal under the sun but instead under the trees… Anyhow, we can’t compare the heat in Lithuania with the heat in Singapore, as it lacks the humidity. But I’m suspect because I feel that your wonderful country has the most awful weather I know… :-(

Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! Look forward to seeing you back often!!

Thanks! A place rather to live than to die; actually, don’t feel that there are nice places to die… ;)

Amazing that you have a thatched roof; advantages of a house over an apartment… ;). No problem to visit you three times on the beach: I actually went to the beach on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week… ;))
Will check your fresh post as soon as possible!

That was a superb green, even for a fanatic of the blue colour… ;) There were no birthdays, but there were sparklers... ;)

I’m glad that you enjoyed and happy that it feels like a vacation to you also!!

Sorry to read that your grandmother passed away! That’s the normal way, but it feels that we are never prepared!
I wonder who owns the cottage; maybe the rower that came close to the restaurant to check how our party was going on...

I’ve noticed that there were many bloggers heading to Paris and joining your tours, even if the oysters are gone... ;) We’ll have to make it also, but things are getting tough here with my parents summing 179 years old... Hard to be away!
Look amazing this landscape, doesn’t it?

You couldn’t be more accurate... ;)

Great that you’re soul filled as we were truly stomach filled with this incredible lunch after the sumptuous «pre-lunch»... ;))

I loved to read you back here. That’s a truly idyllic location!! Xoxo

That was a bit too much sun; the throat pain came only later... ;)
The Rooflines series is wonderful! It could be «Songlines», like in Australia, but we should leave it to Chatwin...

It’s amazing the amount of wooden sculptures they leave in the fields; they make an awesome impression when you stroll around!!

The thatched roof is first class! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the picture of the Karaim in the Trakai Castle! Thanks for remembering the Santo António of Lisbon Day. Great parties also, and a huge amount of grilled sardines in the less sophisticated neighbourhoods of town... ;))

Trotter said...

Second Part to match Blogger requirements... ;)

Wow! Great to read you again here!! Chaotic life and too hot weather here... It almost looks like Madrid; and Ronaldo hasn’t arrived yet... ;))
Things aren’t getting worse; how about you?

Dear, the green you see it’s Lithuania, some four thousand kilometres far from Lisbon... I know you love Portugal, but I remember you rather with sand on the Algarve beaches that on the green northern part of the country... ;))
Thanks for the compliments; I’m thrilled!!

Guida is acknowledging the compliment!! You’re too kind!

Great to read it: so you should join our food enjoying group... ;)
Thanks for the congratulations!

It was a wonderful picnic and you’re absolutely right about the ambiance, which was superb!!

Lovely to read you again! I wish you had a great time in New York! OK! We may also change; you go to Lithuania and I try NYC. Miss it so much!! ;(

Quite peaceful; sure you could handle that!! Congrats on the Penguins victory!!

That’s an awesome location indeed!! Many celebrations, many holidays, tough return to real life... ;))

I feel you’re hearing Julie Andrews and the Story of the Trapp Family singers, also known as The Sound of Music... ;))

We’re in Lithuania, June 2008; just finishing... ;) Usually I don’t post much on Portugal; live here for too much time... ;))

You’re absolutely correct!
I’ll check your new blog as soon as possible; but I don’t have a pet to show. Sorry! ;(

It could be that the pillars are memorials; but I don’t think they are on any graves; just around any corner in the woods!!

Fully agree with you; there should be much more places like that for us to enjoy!!

Must confess that didn’t try the cake; had already had too much food when it arrived... ;))

You’re welcome to try it... ;)

Banjos yes, but in Lithuania, not in Portugal! ;)

Thanks! You’re too lovely! Xoxo!!
Wow, at least some one is already packing for the next trip. But bring an umbrella; summer has surprises... ;))

Thanks; you’re always so kind when you comment here. I’m delighted!!

That band was amazing and we had a lot of fun with the entertainers... ;))

I told you, didn’t I? ;))

I share your feelings!

I try! It can’t be law books all the time... ;)

You’re welcome to join the party; it’s one year later, but what can we do? ;)