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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Tisdag 6 juni 08:06

 Ever since we left that castle it has been raining so we have been driving west hoping the weather will get better 

We skipped Bratislava because Mom wasn't in the mood for a big city and I'm glad

Leaving Slovakia going through Hungary driving mostly on highways, (why not ? We paid the toll;-)) Mom has already been to Budapest which is a busy city so she looked for something more relaxing and found Lake Balaton which is a freshwater rift lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe and one of the region's foremost tourist destinations. To us, it was a lake?


We were parked close to the lake. There weren't many people but it's because the tourist season hasn't started yet and due to lousy weather. Some of the restaurants were open so Mom had an authentic Hungarian Lango with so much garlic Mom's breath would kill an elephant. It was delicious and very filling


In the morning Mom decided we have seen what we want to see in Hungary and continued to Slovenia again mostly on highways and it looked like this most of the way

Mom hates driving in it but continued on

At one time we were passed by these Hells Angels guys from Italy and later at a truckstop, we saw a group with a different name on their vests. Hope they aren't going where we are going.


Again we got pretty close to a stork nest and Mom are quite fascinated with these beautiful birds


There are many castles next to the road but Mom is not climbing up another one, (That's what she says now because she's still sore)


This is an interesting sign we have never seen before. It's at a truck stop that has a special place with stairs so the truckers can sweep the snow off their loads. I know I don't want to be here in the winter


Getting closer to the lake we stopped at yet another castle named Sümeg Castle. The fortress features historical exhibits, knights on horseback & medieval feasts  



Getting closer to Ljubljana which is the Slovenia capital we hit traffic and lots and lots of it. 

According to Alice (she's the lady in the box that tells Mom where to go) we should have arrived an hour and a half earlier. 

When we finally arrived at the parking space Alice directed us to, we met a young couple that was leaving because they had read on an app this place isn't safe. Well, it was a big parking lot next to a train station and a bus terminal nearby. It also had electricity and toilets all free, but Mom also got a bad gut feeling so we found another place that we had to pay for but better safe than sorry.

Campers are parked very close to each other here and our neighbor has a Schnauser. I have never met a nice Schnauser so I barked to let him know I was here first, 


Not acceptable said Mom, and ok I'll keep quiet as long as he knows his place.

Mom says not all Schnauzers are bad she did know a nice one but he's in dog rainbow land with Buttons now.

Well, maybe so but the ones I know aren't good


It s now 9 am and we're hoping the rain will stop so we can explore the city and stay dry.

Ljubljana is the capital of independent Slovenia, which joined the European Union in 2004

Slovenian history from Google

Socialist period

Josip Broz Tito and Emperor Haile Selassie in Ljubljana in 1959
During the re-establishment of Yugoslavia in World War II, the first Slovenian republic, Federal Slovenia, was created and it became part of Federal Yugoslavia. It was a socialist state, but because of the Tito–Stalin split in 1948, economic and personal freedoms were much broader than in the Eastern Bloc countries. 

The late 1950s saw a policy of liberalization in the cultural sphere as well, and the unlimited border crossing into Western countries was allowed, both for Yugoslav citizens and for foreigners. In 1956, Josip Broz Tito, together with other leaders, founded the Non-Aligned Movement. Particularly in the 1950s, Slovenia's economy developed rapidly and was strongly industrialized. With further economic decentralization of Yugoslavia in 1965–66, Slovenia's domestic product was 2.5 times the average of Yugoslav republics. While being a Communist country, after the Tito–Stalin split Yugoslavia initiated a period of military neutrality and non-alignment. 

 it stopped raining now so we'll head into the city of Ljubljana

wet kisses you all , and Happy Sweden national day




Av EvaLena Hallgren - Lördag 3 juni 21:01

We're still in Slovakia and I started to write this last night because we were parked in a really dull place at a truck stop. Nothing to do here other than watch cars go by, ad since it's Saturday there aren't many trucks on the road either

We're safe here no worries

Mom says the history of the countries around here is very interesting and complicated, at least it is for her.......we Googled and we choose some facts to share.

Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Slovakia's mostly mountainous territory spans about 49,000 square kilometers (19,000 sq mi), with a population of over 5.4 million. The capital and largest city is Bratislava, while the second largest city is Košice

Mom did plan to visit Bratislava but she changed her mind after the Castle visit she did today, she came back pooped out after that tour..

more about that later I got a few more things about Slovakia

After World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the state of Czechoslovakia was established. It was the only country in central and eastern Europe to remain a democracy during the interwar period. Nevertheless, local fascist parties gradually came to power in the Slovak lands, and the first Slovak Republic existed during World War II as a partially-recognized client state of Nazi Germany. At the end of World War II, Czechoslovakia was re-established as an independent country. After a coup in 1948, Czechoslovakia came under communist administration and became a part of the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc

Are you with me so far?

Attempts to liberalize communism in Czechoslovakia culminated in the Prague Spring, which was crushed by the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. In 1989, the Velvet Revolution peacefully ended the Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Slovakia became an independent state on 1 January 1993 after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia, sometimes known as the Velvet Divorce.

Slovakia is also home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The world's largest per-capita car producer, Slovakia manufactured a total of 1.1 million cars in 2019, representing 43% of its total industrial output

 Slovakia became a member of NATO on 29 March 2004 and of the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2009, Slovakia adopted the Euro as its national currency.In 2019, Zuzana Čaputová became Slovakia's first female president.

So this morning we left the camp with clean clothes and a cleaned up Lucy on our way to Bratislava, but first, we're going to see a castle the Bojnice castle


The idea of setting up a museum in the Bojnice Castle came from its last noble owner, Count Ján Pálffy. In his will dated November 14, 1907, he expressed his wish that the castle be made available to the public and that the works of art remain in their original places for visitors to see. The Bojnice Museum is a specialized art-historical museum with nationwide scope. Bojnice Castle is one of the oldest and most important monuments in Slovakia.


So of course this was one of those no-dogs places, I don't get it they used to have horses in there and what can my soft pads do that's worse than a horses hof? 

Mom bought the tour that was starting an hour later, so we went for a walk, and look at this tree!!!!!

just clusters of flowers


 The tour of the castle shows the original furniture, various artifacts, and paintings like the late Gothic collection Bojnice altar by a master of Florence from the 14th century. The tour also includes a visit to a stalactite cave under the castle connected with the 26-meter-deep castle well.

The guide was a sweet girl but only spoke Slovak, English, or German speaking guest got a pamphlet to read about the rooms


Bojnice Castle is a medieval castle in Bojnice, Slovakia. It is a Romanesque castle with some original Gothic and Renaissance elements built in the 12th century.

Unfortunately, someone thought it was a good idea to add Disney figures  to a 13-century castle and say Disney got the inspiration from this castle ............hmm

Several very ornate tile heaters


This tour was going at a very fast speed and there wasn't much time to read the pamphlet look around and take picture


gold gilded bed 


The golden room is the most famous one in the castle Its ceiling is cut from pinewood and decorated with gold leaf There are 183 angels looking down from the ceiling each one with a different expression. This was a room Mom would have wanted to stay a little longer 



Lots of beautiful paintings and chandeliers, especially this one. 


The numbers are there to mark places where they had found an older painting underneath.........




 This floor is made from yellow and black marble in the form of fish scales



 Thi painting







The large room is divided into two with a wall with heavy carvings of six animals representing the six deadly sins; gluttony, arrogance, greed, envy, anger, and laziness, and the bed symbolizes the last sin, called lust.

The legend said one owner had the castle built for a French countess with whom he fell in love. She got tired of waiting and married someone else and as an expression of his grief, he crowned the tower with a thorn crown.




There's a well and a cave 26 meters below the fourth courtyard where finds from the stone age were discovered

Many steps later the almost 2-hour tour was over puuh/



There were no elevators so now I understand why Mom was so beat by the time she came back. The parking lot we were sent to wasn't around the corner either

Right now we are in Hungary but Mom thought we were in Slovenia so she bought a toll vignette for Lucy haha Hope the money goes to filling a few potholes.

We are camping by Hungary's biggest lake named Lake Balaton It is a freshwater lake and is the largest in Central Europe and one of the region's foremost tourist destinations. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake,

It's getting late Mom is tired time to go to bed. It looks like a rainstorm is on its way because all of a sudden all the birds got quiet.

great sleeping weather 


Wet Kisses



Av EvaLena Hallgren - Lördag 3 juni 05:38

As nice as it was at this camp we had to move on to find a washing machine so we left this place that was named ?


We are now driving west admiring the gorgeous snowcapped mountains 


A caravan of these green trucks was heading somewhere and we were hoping they will be safe knowing we aren't all that far from the Ukrainian border.


We finally found a place where Mom could do her laundry, they had a washing machine, but no dryer so even if this isn't a very pretty sight, it has to do, and Mom loves the way her clothes smell hanging outside


The name of the place is Camping Trusalova and is located a bit away from the main roads but it's so beautiful the extra miles were worth it. We stayed here 2 nights just relaxing parked next to this gorgeous waterfall.

It's still low season for tourism here so it's not crowded at all, still the second night someone decided to park between Lucy and the waterfall?


There's a small restaurant here and Mom thinking it must be a "Mom home-cooking" type of place decided she MUST have a goulash supper before leaving. It was good but nothing spectacularr


No English is spoken and very little German so it's not all that easy for Mom 

I on the other hand have no problem communicating when this pretty girl came to visit.

I sniffed her, she sniffed me


and then we were friends


Her Mom called so I followed her over the bridge, but then MY Mom called and the obedient dog I am I had to leave her.

But now I knew where she lived so I talked Mom into going to get a beer so I could see her again.

and we did, 


Unfortunately, my girl had already left, and only a hissing cat was there 

The beer was still good though


It's now 6 am and it's going to be another sunny day 

I don't know how far we are driving today but I'm sure it'll be great 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - Torsdag 1 juni 05:45

Good Morning everyone 

We are not in Poprad like Mom planned instead we are at a village about a half-hour outside of Poprad, and that's because Mom found this campsite that on their website claimed they had a washing machine. It turned out they didn't but we stayed anyway, because who can resist this kind of view outside your window?


Last night we spent in Zakopane which is a big tourist place and is visited by over 2,500,000 tourists a year. In the winter, Zakopane's tourists are interested in winter sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snowshoe walks, and Ice skating. During the summer, Tourists come to do activities like hiking, climbing, bike, and horse riding on the Tatras mountain, there are many trails in the Tatras. Tourists ride quads and dirt bikes that you can rent. 


Popular tourist activity is taking a stroll through the town's most popular street: Krupówki. It is lined with stores, restaurants, carnival rides, and performers. I did NOT like that stroll, too many people and teenagers were making a lot of noise with firecrackers that frighten me horribly. I didn't matter how much Momm tried to comfort me, I do not like that noise.


I did meet a very pretty girl though if the circumstances were different we could have had  a lot of fun together


This thing didn't react at all to my friendly hello..............so bye bye


The entire street was covered with souvenir junk and awesome restaurants. My nose told me this is the place to eat, so we did. The Porkchop was delicious and Mom liked it too. The potato not so much, not even after scooping away all the goo on top


This dude is making money by standing still?  I was more interested in seeing how the light pole is crooked and may fall over him 


Places like this let out a heavenly scent


I peeked in trying to drag Mom along, but she couldn't eat a second meal she said ??

But I can I said


Their beer wasn't that great though                     

There are so many gorgeous restaurants it was hard to choose 


So many different settings so it's hard to choose, but Mom says we should go to the place with most people because that means they have the best food...........


 In  2006 Zakopane and the Polish Olympic Committee put in a bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics. It was one of six candidates but failed to be short-listed. Turin Italy won

After we ate Mom started to feel sorry for me being so scared so we walked back to Lucy for a quiet night, and I appreciated that.

Regional alcohol? does that mean moonshine?


In the morning we continued south and we left Poland and are now in Slovakia and we're back to using Euro which Mom had very little of so we had to find an ATM because very few places take cards here.

So after setting up Lucy Mom decided on an "easy" walk 4km into town..............it wasn't easy at all for either one of us

It LOOKS easy, but let me tell you it was uphill ALL the way and there was a lot of huffing from Mom.


We made it and were rewarded not only with an ATM but also the cutest local restaurant with traditional food, And they had good beer.



The temperature changes a lot here during the day it's around 65 but at night it creeps down below 50 

It's good for sleeping. 

Anyway the views are amazing and we both enjoy this clean mountain air 


Today Mom is making it a priority to find a laundry mat or she has to buy new clothes
Wet kisses to yaall


Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 31 maj 07:34

Good Morning, We are in Zakopane but ready to leave soon and head south because we can't find a place to charge the PC, plus Mom needs to do laundry. We will head south towards a new country, hoping to see what we need.

Yesterday we were in Wieliczka Salt Mine a fascinating world 12 million years in the making. 

I wasn't allowed to go down the mine even though Mom could have used me to keep her calm since she's not very good in closed spaces underground


There was no flash allowed inside so pictures aren't that good.

Opening more than 700 years ago, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is Poland’s oldest business.  There were tens of generations that worked to bring the three square miles of mining tunnels to life, and it’s a testament to the ingenuity and tenacity of the Polish people.  It ceased mining operations in 1996, and then its table salt production in 2007, as one of the oldest continuously operating salt mines in the world.  Today, it opens its doors to over one million visitors each year (which helps to employ 200 miners.)


The guide spoke great English and was very funny


The Wieliczka Salt Mine reaches a total depth of 1,073 feet and even features an underground lake amongst its rooms and cathedrals.


Often referred to as “The Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland,” the Wieliczka Salt Mine has four cathedrals, multiple carvings, and ornate salt chandeliers. You wouldn’t think of a salt mining operation as beautiful, but certainly is. And it’s because of this beauty that it captured the imagination of millions. As such, the salt mine even has a large reception room to host weddings and other private functions. It’s also what’s attracted such notable visitors as President Bill Clinton, Johann Wolfgang, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Pope Jean Paul II.
St. Kinga’s Cathedral is one of the most breathtaking sites in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. You enter near the ceiling of one side and then descend a massive staircase to reach the floor. Most notable are the large chandeliers, as well as multiple carvings (including one of Pope Jean Paul II.)



A carving of The Last Supper in St. Kinga’s Chapel.


Sculptures of gnomes working in the mine are scattered throughout its passages.


Very salty brine


Built in 2014, the Wieliczka graduation tower, with an area of 7500 square meters, is the largest facility of this kind in southern Poland. Located right next to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and resembling a medieval castle, it attracts tourists primarily for health and recreational reasons. It is a massive structure filled with blackthorn bundles with salt running down the structure's wall


The salt spray generated there is considered one of the best natural treatments for people with chronic respiratory diseases and is one of the best ways to strengthen the immune system. A visit to the graduation tower cleanses the airways and, therefore, should be undertaken regularly by allergy sufferers, as well as patients with rhinitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, and acute respiratory infections. Visiting the graduation tower is also recommended for healthy people, especially those exposed to air pollution. Moreover, the unique microclimate in this place allows you to relax and regain energy.  Mom said it took a lot of her energy to climb the stairs up to the tower......


Mom was gone for 2,5 hours while I watched Lucy. I did get rewarded with Swedish cheese mixed with bacon.

It's yummy.


Weather is great and at 8 am we're continuing our trip

Wet kisses 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - Söndag 28 maj 16:44

yesterday in  Warsaw Mom walked 21 095 steps and since I have twice as many legs I walked twice as far right?

It's a bit of a challenge to navigate and find parking in big cities says Mom but first she thought this parking would do, 


 but thought better of it and found a more secure space that was very close to the old city


There were no facilities but it's ok since Lucy has what we need, ( except charging the PC)

This is an amazing city with so much to see so we started walking early


Since its founding in the 10th century, Warsaw has been invaded and occupied numerous times, most notably by the Russians and the Germans. Just before the start of World War II, Warsaw enjoyed a brief period of autonomy.

That rapidly changed in September 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland. The entire Jewish population of Warsaw was herded into the Warsaw Ghetto, cramming between 300,000 and 400,000 people into a 3 km² area.


  Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland, and went to college in Krakow. His statue stands in the center of Copernicus Square. Radiating out from the statue are the rings of our solar system.

This is the site of the signing of the Warsaw Pact in 1955. This pact united the Soviet satellite states (Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, East Germany, and the Soviet Union) against NATO


Pilsudski Square is a large open square located just next to the Royal Way. A large plaque on the ground commemorates Pope John Paul II’s visit here in 1979. we also visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This memorializes the Polish soldiers who fought and died in all wars Poland has been involved in,

We did go back for the changing of the guards and filmed but can't add it here.

In August 1944, Polish resistance fighters launched the Warsaw Uprising, in order to drive the Germans out of Warsaw. The fighting was brutal and despite lesser manpower and artillery, the resistance fighters were able to hold out for almost two months. The Germans won the battle and nearly all of the resistance fighters were either executed or deported to extermination camps. In retaliation, Hitler leveled the city of Warsaw with systematic bombings,

From 1945 to 1989, Warsaw, and Poland, were under Communist rule. Many of the city streets, churches, and buildings were restored to their original form.

These little cars are for rent to explore the city if you can't walk

There are buses cablecars and a metro, all-electric and the buses have an accordion in the middle.............   so if you know your way around it's plenty of different ways so you don't need a car


Since 1989, Warsaw has been undergoing a golden age. In 2004, Poland joined the European Union. Businesses came flooding back to Warsaw, along with artists, families, professors, scientists, and tourists. Warsaw may have a gloomy past but it has a very bright future. As of 2023, the city is home to 13 skyscrapers (buildings at least 150 meters (490 feet) tall) and tens of other high-rises, ranking sixth in number of skyscrapers in Europe.

There are 4 in this picture, even though they look like they're all stuck together


These roses had the strongest scent ever and gorgeous Mom acted like me and went to sniff them ...........embarrassing


This was the building we saw when driving and Mom had decided we should get a closer look so here we are


This building was originally known as Joseph Stalin's Palace of Culture and Science but in the wake of destalinization, the dedication to Stalin was revoked. Stalin's name was removed from the colonnade and interior lobby of one of the building's sculptures.

Construction started in 1952 and lasted until 1955 during the Soviet occupation of Poland as an imposed and unwanted "gift" to the people of Poland. As one commentator describes it, the Palace "was a "gift of the Soviet peoples to People's Poland" that Warsaw could not refuse. It was erected with great propagandistic fanfare and named after Joseph Stalin upon its completion in 1955

The Palace of Culture and Science is highly controversial. It is often viewed as a reminder of Soviet influence over the Polish People's Republic, a coalition of veteran and nationalist groups, as well as Law and Justice have called for its demolition. In 2009, then Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski supported the demolition of the Palace noting the expense involved in its maintenance. Other prominent government leaders have continued to endorse demolition plans, including the current Prime Minister


what is a major city without a Hard Rock cafe, and no we didn't go inside but afterward Mom thought she should have gotten a Tshirt

We also saw this strange roof when we drove by , and now we know it's a mall called Zlote Tarasy


We noticed a man walking on top of it so let's go inside and look if we can see him


This place is enormous and they have no issues with dogs coming inside. We didn't feel like shopping but a nice latte and a rest wasn't totally wrong. The nice lady even gave me a water bowl


Walking around we both noticed how clean the streets are, no ciggbutts or gum. It's nice to see how Polish people still clean outside their shops before opening.

We also noticed these poles in many places and a closer look showed it's a bicycle fixing station with tools and air.

Actually, it's for all kinds of small repairs on the go

How cool is that?

And sure Mom lied, there's a butt

A nice statue we thought but no explanation


A James Dean look alike? no explanation on who he was

  Leaving this area there was time to head towards the old city and looking at the app it showed us walking through a big park. That suited us both great. 

covering 15.5 hectares, this splendid garden, founded in the late 17th century, became Warsaw’s first public park in 1727. Initially modeled on Versailles, but later relandscaped in the more natural English style, the garden is filled with chestnut trees and baroque statues Once serving as the gardens of Saxon Palace, this magnificent park features shady tree-lined avenues, and an elegant 19-century fountain 

If it looks as though the gardens are missing a palace, you’d be right. The Saxon Palace was, like so many other buildings, destroyed during WWII. All that survived were three arches of a colonnade, which have sheltered the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since 1925. Plans to rebuild Saxon Palace from scratch at fabulous expense, so far, remain unfulfilled.

we were so lucky that we walked into a celebration of some sort, the only thing we could figure out was an anniversary of the park. People were dressed so pretty and there were ompaompa bands

a reporter


The ladies all looked amazing 


Mom is glad the hospitals have better tools now




Our picture is now hanging on the wall in Chopin's house...............;-)


This is supposed to be a bike, but neither one of us could figure out how to ride it


These bikes Mom would have known how to ride, but they weren't there to be tried out and there was no place for me anyway


we better not try any of these bikes


A nice paperboy handed Mom a newspaper, but it's in Polish so we can't read it, It was nice though


Looking at how well-dressed these ladies are Mom started to think how much more ladylike women looked in the past. 


We had a great time in the park but we had to move on to the old town as planned.

Outside the park were these old cars parked


As we're walking on the main street looking behind us is first a police car and after it a mob of people. Oh no, it's a demonstration of some sort? hope it's a peaceful one we thought.
As they're coming closer we noticed all the costumes and were told it was something created on TicTok 

a fur suit walk...............well I have the suit, don't I? WFW = Warsaw fur walk



This is a very nice costume, but it must have been very hot in there................he was carefully approaching the cop for a high five


The streets became very crowded and since there were so many restaurants close by and suppertime why not sit down and watch while having a beer and a bite.

 Mom ordered  Zurek because she had read about it being a traditional soup. It's a rich soup soured with fermented rye starter, served with a boiled egg – halved – and a meaty white kiełbasa. Served in a bread bowl

Honestly, it didn't look so good, but it was delicious and very nicely spiced. I did get a little taste of the kielbasa


Finally, we reached the old town and now we were both pretty tired so we just sat on a bench for a while taking it all in
Sitting in the center is the Old Town Market Square.

This large, open square is surrounded by numerous restaurants. In the center of the square, is the mermaid statue.


Two Polish ladies came and sat next to me so I did my usual hello kissing, who knows she may have cookies in her handbag.


The Ukrainian flag is on many buildings showing support for the people, which is nice. We got one for Lucy too


Leaving the square we ran into this guy and as usual Mom can't resist cuddling anything furry or feathery for that matter



This large, open square is surrounded by more colorful buildings, cafes, and the Royal Castle. Proudly standing in the center of the square, on top of the column, is Sigismund, originally erected in 1644 and is one of Warsaw's most famous landmarks as well as the first secular monument in the form of a column in modern history The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa who in 1596 had moved Poland's capital from Krakow to Warsaw.


The large, reddish-pink building that dominates Castle Square is the Royal Castle. It looks rather plain on the outside but it is very opulent on the inside.

 .For the first time in Poland, we were told I wasn't welcome............Oh well

We've been kicked out of better places, haven't we?  



We are both getting tired so we walked back to Lucy and fell asleep. In the morning we continued south and Mom had found this quiet peaceful little town to stay for the night.............and that didn't turn out as expected. There's a carnival of some sort here. We did walk around the lake but are too beat to join in any celebration.

Warsaw is a great city a lot to see and a lot of fun going on

Tomorrow is another day for adventure, today we'll rest

Wet Kisses 



Av EvaLena Hallgren - Lördag 27 maj 06:21

I was right when I said I will have to watch Lucy while Mom went to the castle. She wasn't gone more than a few hours, so it wasn't too bad.

Mom said it was amazing and well worth a visit 


the Grandmasters overlooking the place


this is a stomp mill


The miller's office


The floor in the grand hall looked like a quilt


Amazing how things will grow


This is part of the mechanism for opening and closing the drawbridge


Everywhere you look there are all kinds of figures


Nope not going there or there, some nooks are just scary looking and Mom is afraid of getting lost somewhere in the underground


How do they know who the finger belonged to? and why would anyone steal it?


this is the restaurant we took a break yesterday, No beer brake today because we're driving south again


we are now sitting in a parking lot in the middle of Warsaw and soon we're going to explore everything there's to see

Lots of wet kisses 



Av EvaLena Hallgren - Fredag 26 maj 06:15

Good morning, I think Mom listen to me about getting the circadian rhythm wrong because we stayed up past ten last night and it's now 6.30 am ............she's learning

Yesterday morning we had a show for breakfast. Four Poles trying to start a lawnmower and before that figuring out how to put a string in a weed whacker.


OH well, we went on the road early and we weren't spared any road construction today either 


Again we're driving through the gorgeous countryside lots of green and lots of bright yellow rape fields. They are a joy for the eye but not so much for the nose. The scent is like urine which doesn't bother me much but Mom hates it


Poland has a lot of storks, not our wood kind, but the baby-delivering kind, and their nests are huge. We watched for a while and noticed little birds nesting on the sides. Guess they're tenants 


We are now in a town called Malbork ...........surprise surprise, no xyjz in this name.  The campsite we found is almost empty so I get a lot of free runs. Mom set up our seatings but I don't know how she'll fit in that carriage


This was the home of the Teutonic Knights, a German chivalric order established in the holy land during the Crusades and they built this amazing castle.


The brethren knights came to the southern shore of the Baltic sea to wage war upon the pagan tribes of Prussia.

They established their own state on conquered land in the 13th century.


During the 15th century, it was the largest castle in the world, and yes it's huge, we walked around the entire castle and Mom got her 10 000 steps in. It was also one of the most important political and economic centers of medieval Europe.


The Palace of the grand masters build during the 14th century is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. You can really tell that this building was for the refined residence and not for an ascetic monk.


In the heart of the monastery is the church of St Mary. The most important religious and national ceremonies took place here. Holy mass services are held every day and sometimes flogging of a brethren knight. Maybe they prayed before the beating which will make it ok 


I wasn't allowed inside the castle, so I have a feeling I'll be watching Lucy for a few hours today, and I'll be fine with that as long as it doesn't take all day.


This lady gave off some really good vibes, so I went to sit with her while Mom are taking pictures 


After walking for hours and hours we got thirsty and finally, I'm getting to taste some really nice cold Polish beer.

This bar/restaurant was great with sunchairs placed looking over the water and castle................we feel no pain says Mom


This is a picture from the brochure, the only one Mom could find in English 

Mom am excite about going inside and meanwhile I'll be watching Lucy so she doesn't roll away.


Looks like it'll be another sunny day in Poland

wet kisses