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Lower Silesia

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  • Day1053

    Nameless Lake, Łąka, Poland

    May 15, 2019 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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  • Day12

    Breslau mit Jojo

    July 19, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Morgens brach ich in Krakau auf, um den Zug nach Breslau zu nehmen. Leider gab es keine Reservierung mehr für den Zug, weshalb ich 4 Stunden im Gang verbringen musste. In Breslau angekommen suchte ich zunächst das Hostel auf, welches super modern und sauber ist (Togoto Hostel). Gegen Nachmittag traf ich mich dann mit Jojo in der Altstadt. Auf die Frage hin, was wir machen sollten gab es für ihn eine Antwort - E-Scooter fahren! Das taten wir dann auch und es hat wirklich Spaß gemacht! :-)
    Danach aßen wir noch typisch polnische Gerichte in einem Restaurant und liefen erneut durch die Stadt, zur Dominsel und zur Markthalle.
    Zum Abschluss gönnten wir uns noch ein extrem leckeres Eis... :-)
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  • Day13

    Breslau

    July 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Den letzten Tag meiner Reise verbrachte ich damit, noch einmal die Stadt zu Fuß und mit dem E-Scooter zu erkunden. E-Scooter-Fahren macht auf jeden Fall mehr Spaß, sprengt aber auch schnell Mal den Geldbeutel.
    Breslau ist eine wunderschöne Stadt, so wie alle anderen besuchten polnischen Städte auch. Polen würde ich jederzeit wieder besuchen, dann aber mit dem Auto, damit ich besser und schneller in die schöne Natur des Landes eintauchen kann.

    Am Abend trat ich die Rückreiseit dem Flixbus an. Dresden hebe ich mir für die nächste Reise auf ;-).
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  • Day2

    Von KW zum Schloss Jugowice in Polen

    September 10, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Da es leider nicht aufgehört hatte zu regnen, kann ich mich erst heute Morgen um das Problem mit meiner GS kümmern. Ich tippe auf einen eingeklemmten Gaszug, stelle aber fest, dass sich die Gasrückholfeder am rechten Vergaser verabschiedet hat. Sie ist einfach weg. Also konstruieren wir mit Hilfe eines Drahtes eine mechanische Rückholung. Und sie funktioniert! Aber das Provisorium soll nicht von Dauer sein und so gehen wir auf die Suche nach einer passenden Feder. Erster Stopp kurz nach der Abfahrt in KW bei einem Fahrradhändler. Leider sind die Federn, die er mir geben könnte deutlich zu groß. Aber er hilft uns weiter, indem er uns auf einen Harleyhändler und auf einen Hondahändler in der Nähe hinweist. Ich schicke meine Gruppe mit Jens schon weiter und fahre mit Stefan zunächst bei Honda. Und siehe da, wir werden schnell fündig. Vielen Dank. Dann düsen wir den anderen hinterher.
    Der Spreewald ist eine historische Kulturlandschaft von überregionaler Bedeutung im Südosten Brandenburgs. Das Verzweigungsystem der Spree ist als Biosphärenreservat geschützt. An Guben vorbei überqueren wir Polen und erreichen Zagan. Während des Zweiten Weltkrieges wurde unweit der Stadt das Stalag VIII C und das Stalag Luft III errichtet, in letzterem waren zeitweilig 10.000 Kriegsgefangene untergebracht. Am 24. März 1944 gelang 76 alliierten Kriegsgefangenen durch einen 110 m langen und zehn Meter tiefen Tunnel die Flucht aus dem Lager. Die meisten der Entflohenen wurden in der Umgebung des Lagers wieder gefasst, und nur drei Männern gelang die Flucht. Auf direkten Befehl Hitlers wurden 47 der wieder eingefangenen Flüchtigen von der Gestapo unter Verletzung der Genfer Konvention erschossen. 21 der beteiligten Polizei- und Gestapobeamten wurden nach dem Krieg verhört und später von einem britischen Militärgericht in Hameln abgeurteilt und zum Teil hingerichtet. Die Flucht der alliierten Piloten aus dem Lager in Żagań wurde 1963 mit Steven McQueen und Charles Bronson in den Hauptrollen unter dem Titel „Gesprengte Ketten“ verfilmt. Nach Stopps an den Friedenskirchen in Jauer und Schweidnitz sowie am ehemaligen KZ Groß Rosen fahren wir weiter zur Übernachtung zum Schloss Jugowice.
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  • Day4

    Poland!!!!!

    October 14, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We are going forward much faster here in central Europe. We might be able to get to Tallin already tomorrow evening!

    Matka taittuu nopeemmin täällä keskieuroopassa. Saatetaan päästä Tallinnaan saakka jo huomenna illalla!

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  • Day44

    Warsaw to Wroclaw

    October 15, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Anne reporting (Maurice continues to be a lazy bastard).

    And we are off again. Our trip to Wroclaw should take about 3 1/2 hours via the motorway. Maurice is going to have trouble getting back to travelling the 100km speed limit when we get home. We stopped at a little village along the way to stretch the legs and have a little lunch. Gnocchi and chicken with a side of slaw ( I know 😮 but it actually worked) and yes I gave the Italian another shot. Hopefully no hiccups. We got to Wroclaw around 2.30 and located the motel (best western) but it took us about 4 goes to get onto the street. It’s a bit like driving in Victoria - trams everywhere and if you want to turn left you need to get into the tram line...it took us a couple of go’s to finally work it all out and then closed our eyes and hoped for the best 😎😎. Booked in and we were off exploring. We are a 2 minute walk to the old town and double WOW - what a hidden gem Wroclaw is. The buildings and square.....just magnificent. We climbed a church tower and got some amazing views of the city. We have attached a photo of the folk story behind the bridge - only wished we had that hanging up in our house when we had teenagers. We had dinner in the square - shared a pizza and gelato (I know - lots of trust in the Italians). We went for a walk along the river just as the lights were turning on and came across a church. They were in the middle of mass but we stayed a couple of minutes to take in the surroundings. The entire roof was painted - a little like a Michelangelo, just beautiful. As I said, a magical place and definitely one to put on your to visit list.Read more

  • Day1054

    Osobowice, River Odra, near Wrocław

    May 16, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Tonight's overnight spot is on a narrow spur of land in the wide River Odra. Our side of the spur overlooks a calm backwater while the other side is fenced off for use as a military facility. Trees lead down the bank to the waterside where a handful of fishers sit patiently watching their floats.

    We were able to make decent progress eastwards today thanks to the good quality motorway. The last time we visited Poland there was a huge operation taking place to create roads such as these, which saw us driving on temporary, packed gravel routes that severely tested the old van's suspension.

    We'd waited until after crossing the border to fill Martha's tank with diesel as it was significantly cheaper here than in Germany. We chose a convenient motorway fuel station and Will's maths was put to good use when we saw the prices were displayed as złoty per cubic decimetre! It worked out at just less than £1.06 per litre. We also found that van service points are advertised on rest area signs as 'WC Bus'. We pulled in beside a familiar Euro Relais installation, attached our hose to the tap and inserted one of the tokens we had left over from our time in France. The machine swallowed the token and gave not a drop of water. Will enquired (in English) at the nearby shop but the staff weren't able to help. Ever hopeful, he went on to investigate a lever pump tap beside the picnic area and voila, several watering cans later our tank was once again full of fresh drinking water! We made a new entry in the Park4Night app to let others know and drove on.

    Exiting the motorway on the outskirts of Wrocław the road became pocked with potholes and we found ourselves driving alternately over worn cobbles and a patchwork of tarmac. Nearing the overnight spot we came to the end of the road and drove on a little further down a dirt track, parking up somewhere we thought was quiet and out of the way. Will got chatting (in German) to one of the fishers, Peter, who told him this was an area you needed a licence for. He helpfully let Will photograph the address of the fishing authority office 7km away, from where such a licence could be purchased and was good enough to advise that we moved the van back on to the road, as police could fine us where we were. It's not always clear where you can and cannot park up overnight, especially in new countries, so we were very grateful for the tip!

    Will left Vicky to rest and cycled the 7km in to Wrocław, arriving just 10 minutes too late at the fishing office! Cycling a further 1.5km he asked at a fishing shop but they didn't sell licences. Oh well, his expedition at least gave him a flavour of the area. Old, run down communist era apartment blocks were the main form of accommodation and cars were older and shabbier than you might see in neighbouring Germany. One feature he spotted was the equivalent of the 'Boris Bike' that we have in London, though here it was electric scooters for hire; pretty cool!

    Back in Osobowice he nipped into a Sam Spożywczy, the local supermarket, about the size of a UK Spar shop. Processed staples like tinned tomatoes and fresh produce like the lettuce he picked up were cheap, taxed at 8% and 5% respectively. Visiting the bakery counter to treat Vicky he bought a slice of rasberry cream cake and a large segment of chocolate tahini halva, a central and south asian treat we are familiar with from indian sweet shops, but also quite popular here in Poland. It has a crumbly, crystallized consistency and is quite dense and filling. We are used to eating small cubes of it but here a slice was cut from a large round. Being a luxury food it was taxed at 23% and as it was priced by weight, it was to the baker's advantage to cut large slices!

    As the sun set, Peter the fisher packed up his gear and knocked on the door to show Will his catch and ask how he got on at the licence office. He was very friendly and really helped us feel accepted and a little more relaxed. The countries we've spent time in of late (Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany) all enjoy strong economies and high standards of living. Poland less so, with people having lower incomes and lower levels of satisfaction with life than the average OECD country. Our big, white, new(ish) van and the equipment we carry (the camera, drone, canoe, tandem) tends to stand out in areas where many homes are in real need of repair. We feel uncomfortable at the contrast and sometimes a little insecure, but we want to experience all areas of the EU and have found that preconceptions hold us back. Often people in some of the poorest regions, such as southern Italy are some of the friendliest and most generous.
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  • Day1

    Wroclaw, Polen

    July 27, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    470 Kilometer, 6,5 Stunden

    Nachdem ich mal wieder deutlich verspätet gepackt habe, sind wir dann immerhin kurz vor Mittag losgekommen. 🥵
    Am wichtigsten war aber nochmal der Besuch bei den Welpen und meinem Liebling Attila. 🐕
    Auf der Fahrt mussten wir, aufgrund einiger vergessener Sachen, einen kleinen Stopp in Mittweida einlegen.
    Am Straßenrand entlang unserer Strecke sahen wir unzählige Autos die eine Panne hatten, aber bei uns ist alles gut ausgegangen. 🚙
    In Polen besuchen wir unseren Kumpel den wir auf der letzten Reise kennengelernt haben. Dort konnten wir den Abend bei gemütlichen Grillen, vielen Reisegesprächen und Gitarrenklängen ausklingen lassen. 🎸
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  • Day1117

    Krobielowice

    July 18, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Martha is resting her wheels beside another motorhome and an old gate tower here in the Polish village of Krobieowice.

    We set off in reasonable time this morning and made good progress on free flowing motorways. As we drew near our intended stopover around lunch time, we made the decision to carry on after we'd eaten and get another 80km under our belts.

    Pulling onto the patch of gravel parking at a quiet junction, our soon to be neighbours, a British couple, were just getting out of their van with their three little dogs. We got chatting and Will accompanied them on a stroll while Vicky nested in the van.

    Keith and Pam have been travelling together since 1992. Through backpacking, cycle tours with tents and various different vans they have seen pretty much all of Europe and Asia. Their next big adventure is to ship a motorhome over to South America for a year!

    It was a hot evening, so after eating tea the 7 of us sat out in camp chairs. Vicky isn't the biggest fan of small dogs but 14 year old Ruby, a rust coloured, wire coated terrier was chilled out and the two 18 month Papillions, Silk and Satin won her heart by bringing her little presents of sticks and stones.

    We talked of least and most favourite countries, our pasts, futures and presents, including how hard it sometimes is as long term travellers to maintain good relationships with friends and family back home. We also talked of health; Pam was diagnosed with Parkinson's nine years ago and is determined to carry on living life to the full in spite of the obvious difficulties and discomfort she faces on a daily basis. They'd packed a wheelchair, which she uses when walking isn't an option, allowing her to get out and about.

    As dusk wore on we watched as dozens of bats came emerged, declaring war on the rising number of mosquitoes. Vicky enjoyed a dog walk with Keith and Pam the following morning, taking a break with Pam on a bench while Keith gave the dogs a bit more exercise. We chatted a bit more about dealing with the hurdles that poor health creates in life.

    Our new friends departed soon afterwards but we were both left feeling inspired by how they were living their lives.
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  • Day13

    Day 13, moved onto Wroclaw

    August 19, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Moved from Poznan to Wroclaw, camping next to the old Olympic ski park. Caught the tram into the City Centre this afternoon, had a drink in the Centre and admired the magnificent architecture. Another great city visited.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Województwo Dolnośląskie, Wojewodztwo Dolnoslaskie, Woiwodschaft Niederschlesien, Lower Silesia, Долносилезко воеводство, Baixa Silèsia, Dolnoslezské vojvodství, Niederschlesien, Malsupra Silezio, Baja Silesia, Alam-Sileesia vojevoodkond, Voïvodie de Basse-Silésie, Provinsi Dolnośląskie, Voivodato della Bassa Slesia, ドルヌィ・シロンスク県, Žemutinės Silezijos vaivadija, Lejassilēzijas vojevodiste, Neder-Silezië, Nedre Schlesien, Województwo dolnośląskie, Baixa Silésia, Voievodatul Silezia de Jos, Нижнесилезское воеводство, Dolnosliezske vojvodstvo, 下西里西亚省

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