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  • Day13

    Day 13: Wrocław

    July 21, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nos despertamos llenos de energía tras dormir 2 horas para iniciar la serie de conexiones que presumiblemente nos llevarán hasta Wrocław (Breslavia) y Cracovia en última instancia. Aunque la tarea es dificil: nos encontramos que el tren que nos lleva a Frankfurt (el fake Frankfurt, no el de las salchichas sino el Oder 😆) no hace todo su recorrido por unas obras en la vía. Esto hace que lo que debería haber sido una hora de tren directo desde Berlín se convierta en 2 horas y media de tortuosas conexiones entre buses, trenes de cercanías y trenes regionales, sin que nada esté realmente anunciado en los carteles (pequeña decepción con las hasta ahora impolutas indicaciones alemanas). Menos mal que un grupo de mochileros italianos y otro de alemanes tienen previsto ir hacia Polonia como nosotros y gracias a su ayuda llegamos a la frontera polaca.

    Sin embargo, este retraso nos hace perder el tren que estaba tan ajustado en la estación fronteriza. El siguiente tren que podemos coger sin reservar es en unas 3 horas y media, y encima las taquillas están cerradas. La gente es muy simpática pero todos nos hablan en alemán que no entendemos, y finalmente nos montamos en un tren que en teoría deberíamos haber reservado (pero que no). Y efectivamente podíamos cogerlo (gracias perseverancia de Amé), por lo que pronto nos hallamos en Wrocław.

    La estación en esta ciudad polaca es oficialmente la más bonita que hemos visto en nuestro viaje. El movimiento de trenes es constante (y de gente). Nos encanta su cubierta de madera no tan alta pero recientemente rehabilitada y que cubre toda la estación, la amplitud del edificio de viajeros y su fachada. Precisamente aquí hago mi primer amigo polaco del viaje: un señor de la calle que se parece a Kase.O y con el que hablo de las recientes erupciones volcánicas en Italia (en su perfecto italiano).

    Amé negocia brillantemente el cambio de euros a zlotys en una oficina. Después nos dirigimos al impresionante centro, la plaza y las islas y nos vamos a comer a uno de los llamados "bar de leche" modernizados, donde coges lo que quieres de un buffet y te cobran al peso de tu plato.

    Después de rebuscar enanos escondidos por la ciudad (hay casi 300) y de comernos nuestro ÚLTIMO helado nos volvemos hacia la estación que tanto nos gusta para ir hacia Cracovia.
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  • Day278

    Wonderful Wroclaw, Poland

    June 8, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Back in the most beautiful country in Europe. I never made it to Wroclaw my first time in Poland but I'm sure glad I made it here now. It's so magical. A little known fact about Wroclaw is that it's home to a population of ancient gnomes. They all have their own names, professions and stories and there are more that 320 in the city. In the 80's an anti communist performing group staged a demonstration dressed up as gnomes ran around the city in warm underwear protesting. The city is a hidden jewel and I'm so glad that there aren't many tourists so far. I got in at 17:00 and wandered for two hours. The nice guy at the hostel gave me a tip on a good local place to eat. I found it but they only took cash and I hadn't exchanged money yet. The Odra River runs all around the town and there are three bridges and five islands. Apparently it's known as the second Venice in Europe; except for the rancid smell of the canals. Wroclaw is also a huge vegan and beer city and very proud of it. It was formerly a Czech and then German city. A lot o famous people lived here, one in particular was the infamous Red Baron ( Charles Scultz composed his books about him). This place has great vibe. I looked at real estate and a three bedroom apartment in the old town is $79k. Hmm, got me thinking.Read more

  • Day3

    Cafe - Nadodrze

    December 30, 2018 in Poland ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    Das Cafe Nadodrze hat uns bei unserem morgendlichen Stadtrundgang vor einem Schauer gerettet. Da wir noch nicht gefrühstückt hatten, kam uns das Plätzchen doppelt gelegen. Zum gemütlichen Sitzen und Trinken auf jeden Fall eine schöne Lokalität, zum Essen würden wir jedoch nicht extra noch einmal vorbei fahren (die Eier waren irgendwie wäßrig) und das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis der gebotenen Qualität nicht ganz angemessen.Read more

  • Day13

    Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

    September 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    https://visitwroclaw.eu/en/place/panorama-raclawicka-wroclaw

    The painting present the Battle of Racławice in April 1794, in which Poles won over Russians. The monumental picture is 114m long and 15m high.

    It was the idea of Jan Styka, a painter from Lvov, who invited among others Wojciech Kossak, Tadeusz Popiel, Teodor Axentowicz, Włodzimierz Tetmajer to work on the painting.

    The work took 9 months to finish. A rotunda with Panorama of the Battle of Racławice (Panorama Racławicka), built in Stryjeński Park, became one of the attractions of Lvov.

    The technology applied by the authors can be compared to the contemporary 3D technology. Special, panoramic perspective, lighting and scenography constructed in front of the picture make it look multidimensional.
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  • Day13

    Our Lady on the Sand (Wroclaw)

    September 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    http://wikimapia.org/39032/Church-of-Our-Lady-on-the-Sand

    Sand Islet took its name after the church from this place which patroness was Saint Mary on the Sand. The Latin name Sancta Maria in Arena is connected with a Roman church built on the site of an earlier circus. In the Middle Ages the Polish version of the name came into use. In 1149 a monastery of Augustinians, was established here. Equipped by its generous founders, the monastery was one of the wealthiest in Wrocław. The original temple was erected here before 1148 on the initiative of Maria Włostowicowa and her son Świętosław. The brick Gothic church started to be constructed in 1334 under the supervision of Master Builder Peschel.

    In the 15th and 16th centuries, the church continued to be expanded. In 1632, during the Thirty Year's War, the church was looted by Swedish troops. The new monastery was built in stages between 1709 and 1802 on the site of the mediaeval one. During the Seven Year's War the Prussian government used the church as an ammunition depot. In 1810 the Prussian authorities secularized the monastery. The church, however, remained in the hands of the Catholic Church.

    In 1944 Hitler declared the city of Breslau a fortress. During the subsequent Soviet siege of the city the general command of the city was headquartered in the evacuated church and monastery. As a result, the building sustained heavy damange, and the entire Baroque interior of the church burned to ash, including paintings by Michael Willmann, a large organ and a pulpit by Franz Joseph Mangoldt.

    The reconstruction returned the church to its original, severe Gothic architecture, as the Baroque fittings of the 17th century were considered too German by the Communist government. Most of the interior fixtures of the church were taken from other destroyed churches and from the Archdiocesan Museum. New stained glass windows were created by the Warsaw-based artist Teresa Reklawska in 1968. The 16th-century Victory Madonna in the church was a gift from the city of Mariampol in the Ukraine and was the first piece installed in the reconstructed church.
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  • Day13

    National Museum, Wrocław

    September 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum,_Wrocław

    The National Museum in Wrocław (Polish: Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu), established 28 March 1947 and officially inaugurated on 11 July 1948, is one of Poland's main branches of the National Museum system. It holds one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the country.

    The holdings of Wrocław Museum are closely connected with the history of border shifts in Central Europe following World War II. After the annexation of Eastern half of the Second Polish Republic by the Soviet Union, main parts of Poland's art collections were transferred from the cities incorporated into the USSR like Lviv. Collections not returned included the Ossolineum holdings which became part of the Lviv National Museum.[3] The cultural heritage shipped in 1946 included Polish and European paintings from 17th to 19th centuries. The 1948 unveiling of the Wrocław Gallery of Polish Painting at a brand new location, composed of national treasures from already disappropriated museums, had a symbolic meaning in the lives of people subjected to mass expulsions from the Eastern Borderlands arriving in the previously German city of Breslau/Wrocław. The Gallery was arranged to remind them, that they were again residing in Poland.

    Conclusion of World War II
    Most historic buildings in Wrocław were destroyed or heavily damaged in World War II (see: the Siege of Breslau). The new Polish Department of Museums and Heritage Protection (Referat Muzeów i Ochrony Zabytków, RMOZ) was entrusted with the task of selecting a suitable placement for the newly arriving cultural artifacts. The relatively undamaged location was chosen on January 1, 1947 among the ruins of the old city center, at the former Silesian regency office built in 1883–1886.[2]

    Although the location of National Museum and its collections were new in Wrocław, the actual tradition of art museums in the city were centuries old. Its predecessors included the Royal Museum of Art and Antiquity formed in 1815 (German: Königliches Museum für Kunst und Altertümer) and the Silesian Museum of Fine Arts created in 1880, as well as the Silesian Museum of Applied Arts formed in 1899. When Poland disappeared from the map of Europe at the end of the 18th century many artifacts produced by Polish artists and artisans were also displayed there.

    Permanent exhibits
    Admission to gallery is free on Saturdays. Among the permanent exhibitions set up on different floors of the Museum are four distinct departments divided by art-periods and historical epochs. The oldest is the "Silesian Art of the 12th to 16th century", featuring tombs of Silesian princes and most precious works of the Gothic art in Poland. The second is the "Silesian Art of the 16th to 19th century" with sculpture, painting and decorative arts from Silesian Renaissance to Romanticism. The next is the "Polish Art of the 17th to 19th century" with Polish Baroque portraits by Marceli Bacciarelli and Canaletto among others. And finally, the renowned "European Art of the 15th–20th Century", which features the works of such artists as Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Agnolo Bronzino, Cosimo Rosselli, Giovanni Santi, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Paris Bordone, Frans Floris, Osias Beert, Jan Frans van Bloemen, Francisco de Zurbarán, Lovis Corinth, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and Wassily Kandinsky.

    Apart from these exhibitions, the museum includes "Polish Art of the 20th century" collection with art of Tadeusz Makowski, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Władysław Strzemiński, Henryk Stażewski, Alina Szapocznikow, Tadeusz Kantor, Tadeusz Makowski, Jerzy Nowosielski, Józef Szajna, Magdalena Abakanowicz and many prominent others. Month of September 2011 marked the opening of "New Gallery of Contemporary Art" in the Museum's remodelled attic.

    Gallery
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  • Day6

    Wróclaw - Kryzstof and the dwarfs

    April 3, 2019 in Poland ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Arrivée en Pologne, première destination Wroclaw élue ville européenne de la culture en 2016. A peine la frontière passée, la route devient cahoteuse à l'image de certaines en Belgique (clin d'oeil à nos amis belges ^^). Notre couchsurfeur, Krysztof un jeune polonais travaillant avec les enfants trisomiques, vient nous chercher à la gare et nous accueille comme des rois et reines. Les polonais sont extrêmement polis, il est d'usage de respecter les aînés, d'être galant envers les femmes et d'accueillir au mieux ses invités.

    Malgré les ravages de la Seconde Guerre mondiale dû notamment aux affrontements entre russes et allemands, le centre ville possède encore de nombreux anciens bâtiments datant du Moyen-Âge qui en font tout son charme. Les alentours par contre ressemblent davantage à certaines banlieues francaises avec leurs grandes tours HLM.
    Wroclaw est traversée par le fleuve Oder qui sépare la ville en 12 îles enjambées par plus de 120 ponts, ce qui vaut à Wrocław le surnom de "Venise polonaise".

    Les spécialités culinaires polonaises sont riches en viande  : dumplings au porc, le zurek (un bouillon servi dans un pain rond avec du lard, des oeufs et des patates), le borscht (une soupe de betterave), le goulash et toute sorte de saucisses. De quoi tenir au corps ! Comme de coutume nous sommes obligés de tester et on est agréablement surpris, c'est certes copieux mais très goutu.

    Après le repas, place à la vodka que les polonais affectionnent particulièrement. Pour tenir la distance, ils les accompagnent de sortes de tapas : rollmops, tartare de boeuf, cornichons, etc. Il n'est pas rare de trouver des groupes de polonais assis à une table de pub partageant une bouteille de vodka entière.

    La religion fait partie intégrante de la vie des polonais. Pour preuve, les multiples églises présentes dans la ville, les nombreuses représentations de Jésus chez notre hôte ou encore le groupe de jeunes prêtres que nous croisons en train de prier dans la rue.

    Krysztof nous explique que 350 statues de nains en bronze - érigées à partir de 2001 pour commémorer le mouvement anticommuniste Alternative orange - se cachent dans la ville. Le jeu commence, nous tentons de les dénicher sans grand succès (on en trouve une vingtaine) les coquins sont trop bien planqués !
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  • Day2

    Università e Sala Leopoldina

    January 4, 2016 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ -5 °C

    L'Aula Leopoldina è una camera interamente affrescata situata all'interno dell'Università di Breslavia. Costituisce il più grande interno barocco di tutta la Polonia, l'unico interno perfettamente conservato dell'antica Accademia Gesuita ed è così chiamata in onore dell'imperatore Leopoldo I d'Asburgo, fondatore dell'Università di Breslavia.
    L'Aula Leopoldina viene ad oggi utilizzata nell'ambito di importanti cerimonie quali quella di apertura dell'anno accademico. La sua ottima acustica la rende inoltre una sala da concerti perfetta.
    Non dimenticatevi di salire sulla Torre della Matematica, dalla cui cima si gode di un bellissimo panorama sulla città.
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  • Day2

    Panorama Raclawice

    January 4, 2016 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ -6 °C

    In un’anonima costruzione circolare c’è un’opera d’arte straordinaria che non ha equivalenti nel mondo: è un diorama, cioè un’ambientazione in scala ridotta, che riproduce la battaglia combattuta il 4 aprile 1794 tra l’esercito polacco e quello dell’impero russo nei pressi del villaggio di Racławice. Il diorama ha una grandezza straordinaria: 114 metri di lunghezza per 15 di altezza. Un’ambientazione che dà allo spettatore l’impressione di trovarsi al centro della battaglia.Read more

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