Never one to follow the guide on the well trodden tourist path, I'd feel barbaric if I totally ignored the historic city centre, so the first evening I go where the action is.
This is one of those sultry evenings that I yearn for so much in the colder seasons.
What I find around the ratusz, town hall, pleases me. The quiet murmur of tout Wroclaw and small groups of tourists from Spain, Germany and the US.
The prices in Poland are still in Zloty, and haven't crept up to euro standards, so being there is very affordable for us 'westerners', whether it's lodging, food or other products.
I find the façades really impressive and charming. This being the centre, the buildings are well maintained or in the process of restoration.
(As we'll see later, outside the centre the situation is much less favourable).
It is getting dark, and anyway I have left the camera in the hotel. Now I am just taking in the impressions. The photos here were made during the following days.
Here the centre as seen from the footbridge of the Mary Magdalene church's twin towers.
Here's another one from the centre: the Mary Magdalene church watching its reflection in a modern building's mirror façade.
Can anyone tell me what NIE PARKOWAC means?
In my book a visit to a foreign city is not complete without a seeing the railway station, so here it is (much more later).
A useful general link about Wroclaw
Here is a satellite view of Wroclaw, with its amazing maze of waterways that I found so appealing.
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