Trakai Castle – 2

At first view from the lakeside the castle appeared to be more than the official 500 metres away across the lake. However, I was soon distracted by sail boats, people thrashing about in small green rowing boats and picnickers by the path. There were vendors selling amber jewellery, ice creams, and postcards.

The stall and shop holders all spoke good English and are very honest – the man I bought two international stamps from seemed very offended when I suggested that he didn’t have to turn all his pockets and table drawers inside out to give me the exact change – he fixed me with a stare and said “A deal is a deal,” and then rifled through his briefcase for the final three coins.

I wondered about leaving him a tip of the coins he had spent so long finding, but thought better of it.

This extract is from the book – Julian’s Journeys

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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