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Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw November 1st 2014

On our last day in Santiago we mainly shopped, did a little more exploring and made sure we were ready to rise at 4.45am the next day to catch the bus to meet our flight to Warsaw. We went to many shops in the higher up part of the Cathedral precinct where we had not been before, procrastinated over what to buy, prompted by Tim's , "that's just rubbish!", (or words to that effect), approach to our shopping, and just relaxed. For dinner we went to a small restaurant away from the more tourist area and had mixed paella and bread with vino tinto, red wine. It took some time to come out which is a good sign as it indicates that it is being prepared fresh rather than reheated. It was delicious and we adjourned ... read more
Santiago Airport
The Palace of Culture
It is a pretty central landmark .

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw September 19th 2014

Monday 15 Sep – Malbork, Poland We left Vilnius and made our last stop at Trakai Castle. This castle was built in the 14th century by the the Dukes of Lithuania and sits on a beautiful little island in the middle of a lake. It was in use until it was damaged in a war with the Russians in the 17th century, then abandoned. It was in a very bad state by the time they started to restore it in the 1920’s. They only finished the restoration in 1994 and now it’s fully intact and a great little castle to walk around. The photos looking over the lake to the castle are stunning. On the way out we bought a large punnet of raspberries from a little local babushka lady for $2. We got into the ... read more
140915 - Trakai Castle 2
140915 - Trakai Castle 3
140916 - Malbork Castle, Poland

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw July 3rd 2014

Så endelig kom vi til Wroclaw! Alt vi orket når vi kom var å få oss noe mat, heldigvis lå det en burgersjappe rett over gaten fra hostelet (og de hadde sykt gode hamburgere) , og så gikk vi å la oss. Vi sov lenge dagen etterpå (dvs. Til 10), før vi gikk på sightseeing. Vi hadde egentlig ganske negativ innstilling til alt, at det ikke var noe å se og at alt var så slit og lite fint. Det har nok mye å gjøre med togturen dagen før, som ødelagte humøret. I tillegg til at vi våknet til at det ikke var vann noen sted på hostelet. Verken i toallettet, vasken eller dusjene. Men etter å ha sett den store marketsplassen ble humøret betraktelig bedre. Det er den nest største plassen i Polen og består ... read more
En gnom
Noen gnomer til

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw July 2nd 2014

Som tidligere sagt var planen at vi skulle reise til Wroclaw i Polen etter vi hadde vært i Berlin. Så vi valgte oss ut tog og togtider som var enklest, kortest med minst togbytter, og satte avgårde til togstasjonen. Etter hvert skjønte vi det at toget var 10 minutter for seint og da fikk vi plutselig et problem med det neste toget. 10 minutter gikk og ingen tog var i sikte, vi fikk en ny beskjed (på tysk) om at toget var forsinket med ytterlige 5 minutter. Da toget endelig kom var det hele 20 min forsinket og vi hadde ikke en sjanse til å rekke det andre toget. Så når vi kom fram på stasjonen i Cottbus fant vi oss en ny togrute, som involverte over 4 timers venting og 3 togskifter til. Så vi ... read more
Det regner!
I Forst

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw June 24th 2014

We are on our way to Wroclaw, or Breslau as it called to. Put the address into pgs., no worries. Ha. We landed in a crescent with large expensive homes. We showed a bike rider the address who said, no not ending with an e, but an o is the street name. He put it in the system and of we went to the other side of town. It pays to be exact. It is a beautiful city, some buildings started around the 12th century. Much was destroyed during the war. Of one the entire roof and most of the walls were gone. Most denominations were repaired with donations. They tried to reconstruct it in the original. What an effort. Most people, special younger ones speak some English. Lucky because Polish sounds totally alien. Meals are ... read more
market place Breslau
our eating place Breslau
13th century town hall Breslau

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw June 22nd 2014

We are now travelling through Germany. We left Etten Leur at 9.30 after saying our thank you's and Good Byes. The trip on the Auobahn was reasonable except for me Liz. I hate having cars racing passing us at 200 k.m. an hour. Not because I am jealous but it scares me. Allan could not careless. He sits from 120-140 no problem. We reached our Hotel in a little village at 3 p.m. What a lovely setting. We had a beautiful shower and meal and watched Australia getting defeated by the Dutch. Sad. But they can be proud of themselves, because everyone thinks the Dutch will take it out. We had an overnight stop at a small place called Staufenberg. A very nice area but as I said it was just an overnight stop. Nice Hotel ... read more
all restored
angry lion
entrance to the zwinger

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw July 13th 2012

The week started with the realisation that we only had a fortnight left in the van. Clearly we weren't going to get to see as much of Eastern Europe as we had hoped, with Spain and France taking up more time than we had thought. We were hoping to get to Romania and decided we had just enough time to at least see a small amount of it and after a bit of research decided on the Maramures region in the North West of the Country. The Maramures region is the last peasant culture in Europe; where the residents live off the land, use horse-drawn carriages and still wear traditional clothes. The area is also known for its wooden churches and stunning scenery. Crossing the boarder into Romania we were instantly shocked by the state of ... read more
Breb locals, Romania
Levoka, Slovakia
High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw » Katy Wroclawskie February 22nd 2012

Continuing my quest to visit every place worth going to within a 500 kilometre radius of my temporary hometown of Prague, I went to the lively, university town of Wroclaw (Vrot-slaf) in South Western Poland at the weekend. This fairly small city is renowned for it nice architecture and student vibe. Compared to many cities in Central Europe, Wroclaw should be pretty close to Prague but it isn’t when you get the longest local bus in existence. A 250 kilometre journey took us over five-hours thanks to a bus that stopped at every town, village and tree to pick up old ladies with their shopping, families with dogs and escaped convicts to then deposit them in the next hamlet two-miles down the road. On a nearly empty bus my friend and I suffered repeatedly from those ... read more
The Birds
Plan B

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw August 2nd 2011

Some days just turn out well and this was one of them. We took the tram into the old town part of Wroclaw and the sun came out! Not only did the weather look up, but the old town was spectacular. We found our way into the large town square lined with freshly painted and highly decorated buildings. The effect was magic. This square led to another and another, as well as having several archways that took us into small narrow streets, which we wandered through quite happily until lunchtime. Polish food for lunch was our decision and we didn’t regret it. Not wanting a large meal we settled for two kinds of Polish soup and a non-Polish cappuccino. The waiter made recommendations and we accepted. One soup was a traditional chicken consommé with dumplings and ... read more
One of many dwarves inhabiting Wroclaw
"Hansel & Gretel" houses, Wroclaw
River Odra with Cathedral of John the Baptist in the background

Europe » Poland » Lower Silesian » Wroclaw August 1st 2011

Oh dear how boring this is getting. It was raining again this morning. We have had rain for at least part of the day for the last 12 days. So we headed off from Katowice without seeing much of the city as it’s too wet to explore what might be on offer. Driving through the city we see a mix of the shiny new buildings with their glass walls rising skywards and the old buildings looking as though they have seen better days. Opening the car window to take a quick photo we were enveloped in the smell of coal smoke. Coal is in abundant supply in the area as we have seen many working mine pitheads. The roads through the city have been some of the best we have encountered. It didn’t take long before ... read more

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