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Published: August 30th 2019
Today I’ll drive you mad with dwarves.
It’s another hot day, the clothes are in the wash, and breakfast is at Charlottes, a popular, hidden eatery across the main road, in the Jewish area. I think you could forget gluten free here. There’s a mountain of breads, croissants, and sweet sticky buns piled up in cane baskets on the counter, and most breakfasts centre around these as a base.
Sue and Anne were being met by Tim for a nail appointment- apparently most important- so Michael and I went for a wander through the squares and streets on the edge of town. I challenged Michael to a game of Spot The Dwarves which, while very inappropriate in most parts of the world, entails spotting the many small brass dwarves in the squares. They are usually performing a task associated with the business they are located in front of, and are a unique feature of Wroclaw. The pictures just show a few that we saw.
While taking a detour to a church, a familiar voice called out; Suzanne was waiting on a corner for some others. The Church of St Mary Magdalene, started in 1330, and has undergone many
refurbishments and repairs from damage in WWII. It is a Gothic inspired design and has two tall towers that connect at the top via a timber and steel walkway. I climbed the tower for some of the best views in the city.
After the nails returned, immaculately manicured, we had a cold drink and went for lunch at the very welcoming Dairy Cafe, located in the Jewish area just off the main Square. I took the vegetarian option and it was delicious. After lunch we turned up a few wrong streets on our way to the river and the Market Hall, and added a considerable distance to the day.
We were intending on a walk around Cathedral Island, but after the magical mystery tour that I led everyone on, a cruise on the river was all anyone could manage.
We boarded the boat, only to find it decorated with pink balloons, around which a group of Polish women in black, adorned by pink sashes, were celebrating a hens day/night. They were well into the vodkas and I’m sure we saw them at the start of a long session.The cruise was inexpensive and took about 40 minutes. I
think the girls may have been on their 3rd time around. It’s very calm on the water and along the banks are pop up type bars with deck chairs and they were getting ready for the evening. Quite a few people fish, lie around reading books, or enjoying the warm weather with a partner.
The walk back to Plac Solny took about 15 minutes, so I’m estimating we were headed towards the outer suburbs after lunch.
Tonight we met up with Catrine and Stephen, so that completes the group coming from Australia for Natalia and Tim’s wedding.. its all happening tomorrow and by all accounts Polish weddings are an endurance event. The last food is brought out at 1.30 AM, and I’m not guaranteeing that I’ll be up to eat that.
We meet Tim in the morning for breakfast, and Sue and I will go with him to the castle it’s being held at. All the other guests will travel by bus to the venue, and let the games begin.
I’ll report back a little of what happens but you know the rules; what happens at the wedding, stays at the wedding. Besides, I’m holding a
It was a long climb.
And the stairs are grills , so no good if you suffer from heights
bit back for future leverage. It’ll all be in my camera. Might catch up briefly tomorrow but no guarantees. Cheers for now.
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