31.12.2009 - 11.01.2010 28 °F
Miles traveled…. 992
As you read this, you must imagine the large smile on my face. This is one of my new favorite places (possibly number one), but it is hard to communicate that in every sentence!
We landed in Wroclaw, Poland on New Year’s Eve and the snow was coming down.
Over the course of the next week we explored the Old Centre of Wroclaw. We visited local restaurants with home cooked foods and hung out at funky underground and student bars. we also visited bar Sarah in the Jewish neighborhood! I expressed to Sara that I felt a real feeling of connection in Wroclaw. Plus I turned 37 there. Sara took me out to the "Fly Bar" and got me some sweet new duds!
Walking the streets, I felt comfortable and at home despite the language barrier. For example, Wroclaw is pronounced Vroatswaff…who knew.
It is sprinkled with old churches, house and tree lined squares, and cobbled streets. The two main squares are Rynek and Salt square. The town has more than 120 bridges, the third or fourth most of any city in Europe depending on who you ask. The city was about 70% destroyed in WWII, but still maintains much of its old Character. It was the third biggest city in Germany at the outbreak of WWII. It was then called Breslau. Sadly this part of Poland has a long history of being the playground of Europe’s powers and being parts of other countries before it finally emerged again as part of Poland after WWII.
We enjoyed the food and drink very much. We had potatoe pancakes, various pierogie plates, hot wine, hot cider, and mulled beer. They also have a wide variety of delicious sausages and other foods available quite reasonably priced.
We visited the panaroma of the battle of Raclowice which portrays a victory over the Russians by Kosciusko’s army and a big group of peasant volunteers. We toured various Churches and especially liked the cathedral on Tumski Island.
On a sad note, I busted up my good ankle : ( and visited the ER. It really cut down on our adventures and we missed Berlin : ( #2. On the upside, it gave us a great chance to see the inside of the polish healthcare system and make two new friends Ula and Kasia!! Thanks for your help guys! They shared with us about their lives in Wroclaw and their dreams and we talked about all kinds of fun topics at late hours of the night!! another upside, Sara got some flowers in poland.
P.S. It snowed every day!!
Wroclaw we’ll be back! We’ll be back!