Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wroclaw in Poland

Mrs C and I flew with part of the orchestra to Wroclaw (say “Vrots-lav”),
from East Midlands Airport, on the Sunday last week. EMA is very handy
for us, as it’s bus ride from our city centre straight to the main door
of the airport. Unfortunately we hadn’t reckoned on the bus service
being reduced to every half hour on the Bank Holiday Sunday, to get us
into town, so we had a brisk walk with our suitcases instead. Oh well,
we needed the exercise, as we were sitting around most of the day.

If you have a few minutes to spare, have a look at this Wikipedia
article about the city. It’s the fourth largest city in Poland. It
has a university and several architectural & cultural attractions,
including the old buildings in the main square, the cathedral, the
Leopoldinum Hall, and the Racławice Panorama, which is stunning.
(The colours of the painting shown in the photos in this Wikipedia
article are rubbish, compared with the dazzling colours of the real
thing).

The panorama is the city’s main tourist attraction … it stirs up a
lot of nationalist feeling and pride for the Poles.

The city was badly damaged in WW2 as it was a German military
stronghold, but the centre has been beautifully restored since. Below
are a couple of photos of the Leopoldinum Hall, showing how well it’s
been restored. The main halls seem to have been undamaged …
they’re used for the university's ceremonies and for concerts also.



Above: the magnificent interior of the Leopoldinum Hall..
Below: the old town hall in the city centre ..
.... there is a veggie restaurant very close to it.

4 Comments:

Blogger angel said...

wow, it sounds like a fabulous trip to a fascinating place!

6:26 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Yes, it was a great trip, Angel.
We were in Prague later in the week, and that was breath-takingly
beautiful.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous LOM said...

The Leopoldinum looks like a beautiful place

9:58 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Yes, it was, LOM ... it looked like a palace.

9:51 PM  

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