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Direktlänk till inlägg 13 juni 2018

WEDNESDAY EVENING IN POZNAN

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 13 juni 2018 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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Lena i England

13 juni 2018 22:29

Looks like you both are having a lovely time. Photos are beautiful not surprised that you were tired Buttons after such a busy day. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Kram

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