Town of Gingerbread
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
131Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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Toruń, the oldest town in Poland, is listed as one of the seven most important historical centres in Poland. It is also on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. The town was mercifully spared from its complete destruction by the Nazis and Soviets during WWII. Reading about the architecturel that you can find from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods, it was the perfect spot to stop and stretch our legs before heading on to visit with my family.
I was more than pleased to also find out that Poland’s most famous citizen– Nicolas Copernicus (who identified that the Earth revolves around the Sun not the Sun around the Earth) is from the town of Toruń. It was fascinating to go through the streets of the Old Town and marvel that here at least everything that I saw was original (not like many of the places in Poland that we have visited to date where the towns and cities had to be rebuilt after the war)
While staying in Toruń we sampled some of the specialties of the town – Perniki (Gingerbread) cookies. These cookies are made according to a centuries-old tradition recipe that is only available in Toruń. The cookies are delicious but very sugary – I love sweets but I couldn’t handle eating more than 1 cookie. Jeff and I also partook in having lunch at Restauracja Oberza, a buffet restaurant frequented by the university students and locals alike. The food is good with portion sizes that are extremely generous. We couldn’t believe one of the menu items that promoted a fixed price dinner where for 75 złoty (about $23 CAD), the meal consisted of a glass of vodka, 8 beers, 2 soups, 2 choices of hot meal and 2 choices of salad or bread – what a deal!! We didn’t take advantage of this menu item but our choice selections were still plentiful. See the photo of Jeff rolling out of Restauracja Oberza.
I think that we were worn out from the travelling we have done to date or perhaps it was the food we ate but we headed back to our hotel to rest. In the evening we took a walk through town to admire the town at night (it is lite up showcasing the many historical buildings within the Old Town). The town was abuzz with university students and locals hanging out in the outdoor terraces (a cool night with blankets distributed to those who needed them) drinking, smoking and catching up on life. We enjoyed our walk and went back to our hotel after taking in the music concert at Cosmopolis Fountain. The fountain is a meeting place each night during the summer where the fountain is awash in colour and lights with classical music from Chopin (of course – another famous Pole) to enjoy the summer night air. Tomorrow we head out to meet with my family who I haven’t seen in over 15 years – how much will my family have changed since I last saw them?