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Bolesławiec

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  • Day1053

    Nameless Lake, Łąka, Poland

    May 15 in Poland ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    We've reached Poland! Considering we are living full time in our van and touring Europe it seems like so long since we set foot in a new country. We spent a few days in the north of Poland 7 years ago but of the countries we've entered since this big trip began in June 2016, Poland is our 21st and the most easterly of the central European states.

    We'd checked the weather forecast the night before so it was no surprise when we woke to an outside temperature of 5°C, muted daylight and heavy rain, nor that these conditions stayed with us the entire day. Poland is one of the few EU countries that doesn't use the euro so we routed around in our under bed storage area and found 17 złote 25groszy (equal to £3.41) we hope the coins are still in use after all this time!

    We weren't far from the border so once on the motorway we found ourselves whizzing by the 'new country' signs in no time. Being on route to Lithuania we are not planning to explore Poland at this point of the tour but even so, a nervous excitement gripped us. We once again found ourselves unable to understand the language and picking up on all the differences, such as the digital road signs displaying the air and road temperatures and the many green bridges arching over the motorway, providing safe passage for wildlife. It contrasted with the last time we entered Poland, when we encountered what could only be described as a shanty town of corrugated iron shacks with people flogging tobacco, sheepskins, puppies and even a chainsaw.

    One thing we always worry about when entering a new country is the provision for motorhomes. Therefore we soon pulled in at a rest area marked on Park4Night as having a van service point. We found it easily and even though a lorry was parked in the way, Will managed to empty the toilet, although there was no fresh water.

    Although there are very few designated aires in Poland, we've read that wild camping is tolerated, so our first overnight stop was out in the countryside. Passing through a small village with the scent of wood smoke in the air and large one or two storey houses, several of them new builds, set in their own grounds, we arrived at a compacted earth car park. There were views through trees to a lake that didn't have a name on any of the three maps we looked at. We were excited to see obvious signs of beaver activity, with many trees felled and several trunks partially gnawed. Will got the binoculars and set up watch but with no definite sightings, although he did glimpse something furry in the water that made a splash as it dived. A footpath led around the nameless lake but the weather was so grotty and the ground so muddy we didn't explore any further than the shoreline 50m down the bank from where we were parked.
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  • Day18

    Bunzlau

    August 14 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die Keramikherstellung in Bunzlau geht auf das 16. Jahrhundert zurück – bereits damals wurden reich verzierte vielfältigste Gebrauchs- und Kunstgegenstände hergestellt. Später schlossen sich die Töpfer zu einer Zunft zusammen, u. a. um die Qualität zu sichern. Die Zahl der Töpfereien war auf 5 beschränkt. 1762 wurde diese Beschränkung aufgehoben – Bunzlau war jedoch bereits damals europaweit von Bedeutung.
    Die große wirtschaftliche Bedeutung der Bunzlauer Keramik währte bis zum Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges. Sie war darüber hinaus mit ihrem typischen Dekor stilbildend. Ein besonderer Vorzug dieser Tonwaren war ehedem ihre Feuerfestigkeit. Damit konnten aus diesem fast weiß bis leicht ocker brennenden Scherben Koch- und Schmortöpfe sowie Kannen zum Warmhalten der Getränke auf der Herdplatte hergestellt werden.
    Polnische Manufakturen führen diese Töpferkunst des vorigen Jahrhunderts wieder fort. Aufgrund der hohen Qualität erlebt die Bunzlauer Keramik eine neue Blüte: Sie ist für Geschirrspüler und Mikrowelle geeignet und feuerfest.
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  • Day52

    Contributing to Human Culture.

    September 21, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    A trip to a Polish pottery factory was on the agenda for today.

    That and driving across Poland. We are now in the western part only 30 kms from Germany. Total time 6 hrs.

    Today was also take your truck for a drive day as semitrailers are not allowed to drive on the weekend.
    Exception is for perishable goods and in Germany no exceptions at all. So everyone is trying to get wherever they need to be. Result is a moving wall of trucks on the right hand lane.

    Long day but interesting in a how many corn fields they stuff into Poland sort of way.

    The Pottery Factory has confirmed that despite the EU OH&S Poland could still do with a little work.
    Breathing masks in a clay filled room?
    Never did got an answer.

    What we did get was opportunity to contribute to the world’s cultural store by decorating a pottery plate.

    Have to say the results, which will be sent to us, did not seem worth the price of the postage.

    Strangely enjoyable day however.
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