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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 13 juni 21:16

When we woke up this morning it looked like it would start raining any minute, so we waited around thinking it’ll get better before we start riding the bike into the city centre. The weather didn’t change so Mom got the brilliant idea of taking the train with me in my carriage, and I was up for that.

Either we had a language issue again or Mom didn’t understand directions how we get to the station, so we, (read she) walked and walked asked for directions twice got different answers, so we walked back and called a cab.

The cab driver spoke perfect English and was born in the city so Mom asked him to drive us around and show us the sights. He did and asked for less than $10.00, so why bother with the train Mom thought, and I concur.

 

   


Poznań is among the oldest and largest cities in Poland The city population is about 550,000,


and the centre of trade sports, education, technology and tourism. It is an important academic site, with about 130,000 students and has the third largest Polish university. 


Poznań has often topped rankings as a city with a very high quality of education and a very high standard of living. It also ranks highly in safety


The cabdriver first took us to the archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in which is


one of the oldest churches in Poland and the oldest Polish cathedral, dating from the 10th century. 

 

 


There was a statue of the Pope too but Mom forgot to look at which one since she was more interested in the gorgeous flowers planted all around him.

 

 

   




The Imperial castle It was constructed under the German rule in 1910. We saw the Opera and many more very impressive buildings. 


     

 


Finally, we were dropped off by the market in the old town, and I caused quite a stir riding in my wagon. I suppose people have never seen a ShihTzu with his own ride before so many wanted to come and say hello thinking I must be very famous. What a great colourful place, we enjoyed every minute to the max. Mom bought cherries

 

   

 

Birds don't care about color..

 

 

2 bean bags placed outside a store for waiting husbands

 

  

 

We continued our walk to the Old Market Square. The Renaissance town hall, old houses, charming side streets, numerous museums, monuments, cafes and people walking about - all of them create the unique atmosphere of the place. and there was a flea market. Mom bought a colourful trivet.

     


At lunch, Mom asked for something typical Polish and was served BIGOS with 2 slices of bread. It was delicious. 

 

 

   

 


People here are very friendly and almost all younger people speak English. Mom spotted this lady in gorgeous purple hair and had to strike up a conversation, She saw me and fell heads over heels in love. I don’t think she ever wanted to put me down and I felt quite comfortable in her arms. She was from England so there were no communication issues. I thought they never stop, and why didn’t Mom introduce the Swedish custom of “fika” if they had so much to chat about?

 

     

 

Like I said, I was a HIT as always

 

 

 


The pigeons were almost tame walking and flying very close and I’m pretty sure they would have landed right in my carriage if I had something to offer them.

     

 

There were so many things going on everywhere, just sitting around people watching was fun.

This guy is blowing giant bubbles and of course, expecting money for the entertainment.

 

    

 

several fountains in every corner of the square..

       

 


the Lesser Basilica of St. Stanislaus, had a sign of No dogs allowed but since I’m special we walked in to take a quick look, I’m pretty sure God didn’t mind and it was totally empty.

 

 

 

 



The most impressive structure on the Main Square is the Town Hall at its centre. First erected in the early 14th century, it truly flowered in mid-1500s when Italian architect Giovanni Quadro of Lugano added the Renaissance loggia, attic, and classical tower, earning the structure acclaim as “the most beautiful Renaissance town hall north of the Alps”. Unfortunately, a catalogue of historic disasters - including a 1675 fire, 1725 hurricane, and WWII bomb damage - have resulted in the sad reality that today little of the original structure actually remains, though it has been faithfully rebuilt to retain its status as the city's showpiece.


Every day at noon two mechanical billy goats emerge from a door above the clock at precisely noon and proceed to butt heads twelve times. Simultaneously, a trumpeter plays the town’s traditional bugle call from a balcony. The bugle call dates back to the 15th century, and the goats have been ramming heads since 1551. Replaced and restored over the years, the present pair has been at it since 1954. Of course, there’s a half-baked legend to go along with them: when the clock was completed in 1511, the governor of the Poznań province was invited for the unveiling. The hapless cook preparing the celebratory feast burnt the venison, so he went out and managed to steal a pair of goats to serve instead. Alas, the goats escaped and traipsed up to the top of City Hall, where they began butting heads, amusing the collected crowd and the governor himself, who decreed they be added to the clock. We missed that event but instead met two talking goats.

   

 


see what you can create form a couple of pallets.

 

 

 

young brothers playing the accordion for money, the youngest 6 years old

 

 

 


There was so much to look at and such an interesting place, 

 

 

 


in the middle of all these sausages, something was burning? It was coffee stuffed inside bread which gave off smoke to keep bugs away


 


       

 

Mom and this man had some kind of talking with the hand's conversation, I think he tried to tell how he got a bump on his head.

All Mom could do was smile and wish him good luck

 

 



Finally, I think it was time to return to the campsite where Lucy was waiting for us. The moment we were ready to get into the cab this sweet old lady showed up to love me. She spoke Polish, German and English and told Mom she was 92 years old. It was pretty close that Mom was going to let the driver go because she wanted to know more about this sweet lady. I was glad she didn’t because I’m bushed and wanted to go home. Mom said we sure missed out on many interesting stories…………….oh well, next time I’m bushed.

 

 

 

we got home safely although we got a ride from a taxi driver that'll put the Manhattan cab driver in the dust. It was rush hour, cars everywhere and cable cars, and bike cyclist and people ............did I tell you I'm bushed?...............

 

 

Good Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 13 juni 08:12

We didn't leave the camp until noon despite Mom getting up before 5 am, she said she had so much to do...…haha.

We took a long early walk on the dock looking at all beautiful sailboats. Mom admired this wooden ship the most. 

     

 

This is a good way to live on a boat without getting seasick says Mom, but what about the afraid of hight issue?

 

 


The owner of this camp sure loves gardening, it was like walking in a botanical garden and many trees had labels with names and origins, so we ended up making more than one walk around it all. As we were leaving we saw 2 ladies on their knees planting more flowers, and we didn’t think they could make it any prettier.

 

   

 

we saw a big RV which Mom thought was an American because of the signs, but they only spoke German, anyway he had really cool hubcaps.

   

 


We have a new window box with a talking road map, Last years Alice has retired and now we have a lady named Linnea who tells Mom when it’s time to turn. Linnea is talking a lot more than Alice ever was, so Mom is getting a little irritated when Linnea tells her to slow down for a sharp curve or warns of a narrow road and tells her to mind her business. I bet she’ll apologize to her when she gets lost though.


We told Linnea we wanted to go to Poznan, which shouldn’t take more than2.5hours driving on a highway. As usual that bored Mom to sleep, so she went against Linnea and took off an exit and kind of winged it, and that immediately perked her interest. ..............………..whooopie, my old Mom is back to normal


We drove through small villages and a lot of farmland and forests. The road was pretty bumpy at times but so much more interesting according to Mom. We drove through miles of pine forests, Very tall trees that were planted in exact straight rows Some trees younger and also planted perfectly in line so they looked like a Korean army.


The supermarket has a ladybug as a logo so that’s easy to find, and as you all know that is Moms favourite kind of shopping. She finds it so exciting looking at all the different delicacies not having a clue what she’s buying, and the language is impossible to understand. Polish people do not speak English, German or Swedish, at least not in small villages. So far Mom has only learned to say Thank You………...Dziekuje?? it is pronounced jen-koo-yea………

 

 

 


An excellent woodcarver must be living in this town which was called Kwilcz,

Seems like every word and place in Polish includes the letters Z and C, often more than once which makes it impossible to pronounce 

 

 

 

When we finally arrived in Poznan Mom drove around the city many times trying to find a legal place to park for the night. The Polish language is impossible to understand but the picture of a tow truck picking up your car is international, so in the end, we drove to a campsite and paid14 Euro for a night.I’m glad we did it’s a gorgeous place with a security guard and the lady in the reception spoke great English.

 

For a while, Mom thought of staying here for the night but after a walk around she spotted the towtruck sign again.

This girl was jogging with her dogs lead strapped around her waist..............not a great idea because as soon as he saw me he wanted to stop and say hello, and pulled her down on the ground. Good thing she didn't get hurt and at first, the dog looked ashamed and sincerely apologised to her with lots of loving kisses.

 

   

 

 

Supper was new potatoes (with a dab of Hellman's)from Sweden and herring from Poland……………...Looked gross to me so I didn’t give that a second look, but Mom seemed to enjoy it……..

 

 

 


Pretty soon we'll be biking into Poznan, it's only 4 km so I'm sure Mom could handle that, hopefully, she will not get lost this time, like she usually does in bigger cities.

 

later alligator

 

 

 

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