Poland is starting to redeem herself
Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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On good European roads this distance could normally be covered in less than 2.5 hours, however this was Poland and the speed limit would vary anywhere from 50 to 100 k's for no valid reason other than what appeared to be speed traps with cameras. The frequency of these cameras could be as many as 3 or 4 along a stretch of 1 or 2 kilometres of highway. If not for the GPS giving timely warnings every few minutes, I am sure the car hire fee would have paled into insignificance compared to what the potential speed fines could have been.
The drive today had been one where the blandness of the north gave way to some interest in the south. It would seem that Poland had begun to show it was not just a land of mediocrity
Our one diversion before Wroclaw was the township of Swiebodzin, which lies 195 kilometres to the northwest. This small town of Poland had set their eyes heavenward and built one of the world's highest statues of Jesus. The body of the statue is 33 meters high, one for each year Jesus was alive, while a crown perched on his head measures three additional meters. The statue as a whole, which reaches 118 feet is taller than Brazil's famed Christ the Redeemer statue which measures a mere 98 feet.
By mid afternoon we arrived in Wroclaw. Driving through the Old City the search for our accommodation became a task of epic proportions. The GPS gave up when it could not plot a route through the one way streets, tram tracks and pedestrian malls. The problem was (as we would find out) that the accommodation was within a pedestrian precinct and 20 metres from the rather large Town Square - where no vehicles are allowed entry (and hence cannot get to the other side).
Using all the cunning and guile from my previous life as a cabbie, I threaded a path down tram routes, pedestrian walks and narrow one way streets (I was only going one way) to finally arrive within a stones throw of our destination.
The apartment where we had booked our accommodation was not your regular well signed house of rest, however with a touch of broken English, many hand gestures and some charade movements we finally rendezvoused with our host. We were taken into what, on the outside and internal stairwell, resembled a condemned building, however once we had entered the apartment it was surprisingly new and modern with views across the pedestrian mall to a highly ornate building of note.
After settling in we headed for the main sights in town and finished the evening with a meal at Chatka Przy Jatkach - a local eatery that rates 9 out of 142 restaurants in Wroclaw on Trip Advisor. (see my review here: http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g274812-d1816224-Reviews-Chatka_Przy_Jatkach-Wroclaw_Lower_Silesia_Province_Southern_Poland.html )
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