Vilnius is undergoing a massive poshing-up programme with the aid of EU funding.  

Around the outskirts of the Old City there are several brand new 30storey glass towers of the kind you will see in Hong Kong, Bahrain, Shanghai etc - not very 'Baltic'  

Parts of the Old City are quite pretty, but many of these are being 'renovated' which involved blowing up the middle of the buildings and just keeping the external walls on the outside of new structures.  The original buildings had contained dwellings for ordinary people, or little family-run shops and businesses, the newly renovated contain offices for foreign companies, hotel space for foreign businessmen, or outlets for Gucci, Armani, Chanel.

It's a shame to see modernization having such effects- the local character is rapidly changing!