The home of Gingerbread

Trip Start Apr 05, 2007
Trip End Aug 15, 2007

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Torun - famous for being the birthplace of astronomer Copernicus and the home of Polish gingerbread.  But by far the best thing to write home about (even better than gingerbread and that's saying something) is the Manekin pancake restaurant.  There are 3 of them just in the old town so you know it's gotta be a popular place.  The one in the old town square is really touristy so for my second visit i went to the student hangout which was more my kinda laidback chilled out atmospheric kinda style!  First night i went i ordered soup which was thick and creamy and then a spinach and ricotta pancake.  it was like, 30cm long by 15cm wide and that was wrapped up with contents inside!!!!!  I was totally bursting at the seams that i could only manage 1/2 of the pancake and learned my lesson for the next night!  Also had a very delicious gulash soup at a little local cafe one lunchtime. Very filling - i would love to take some polish cooking classes as i love paprika flavoured food. yum yum

Torun is a very small town with an old town that you could walk around in 1/2 day but i took my time and enjoyed the sights and smells!  Went up the town hall tower (just when the bells were tolling - oh my eardrums) and into the regional museum, more like a gallery tho but very enjoyable.  Walked along the river for a bit then escaped yet more wind burn by consuming lots of gorgeous calorie bursting pastries and smooth hot chocolate in local cafes.  There was some sort of medieval festival on so lots of school groups around being taught things like archery and sword fighting,cooking on an open fire and then crafty things like sculpture and other art techniques.  Managed to surreptiously join a group doing a tour in the local Cathedral - lots of gold leaf everywhere on chapels and statues etc etc which i didn't really like. 

But overall the town left a favourable impression.  Small enough to deter mass hordes of tourists and small enough to wander around aimlessly, enjoy the sights, stroll by the river and consume good food.  All at great affordable prices.  What more could a gal ask for really?
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