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7 human chain in 1989 between Tallinn, Estonia and Vilnius in a bid to draw international attention to the Soviet occupation. The tile has become a symbol of hope and freedom in the now- independent EU and NATO member country, and, it is said, can make your dreams come true. For Duke Gediminas and his 2009 citizens, they already have. Down in Cathedral Square, the historical heart of the city, you might spot something rather unusual. Between the grand cathedral and the bell tower, the odd person can be seen turning - doing a 360- decree spin on a tile. They're not actually odd; they are, in fact, making a wish. Known as the miracle tile, it marks the end point of a two- milions strong

VILNIUS WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGINS Lithuania' s capital Vilnius is a strange phenomenon. It is big and small, young and old, modern and, at the same time, cosily provincial. You may be surprised to suddenly find yourself on a nice Italian corner in Vilnius or feel the spirit of Monmarte in Uzupis. This district has numerous curving streets and a maze of alleys, which change their aspect every few steps. It has its own constitution, is watched over by a mermaid and an angel and is often compared to Montmartre in Paris - but with a style all of its own. Vilnius is a baroque wonderland with one of Europe' s most breathtaking old towns often referred to as " Little Rome." It has one of the largest and well- preserved historic town centres in Eastern Europe - something that