Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lively Wrocław

Sun-Ling writes: Wroclaw is super easy to enjoy, but very difficult to pronounce (vro-tz-woff). It is known far and wide for its liveliness. We were not disappointed. Wroclaw was much devastated during WWII, but not all of the old quarters are yet restored; I think for that reason Wroclaw itself is not a UNESCO. What they lack in historical buildings, they more than make up in liveliness, thanks to the large population of university students, and being the Europe Cultural Capital for the year helps too. We love it.

Wroclaw's main square is supposed to be second to Krakow. We were particularly taken. The complex in the center of the square is so huge that there are streets going through the buildings! Best of all, there is a vegetarian restaurant right on the square. Around town there are more vegetarian restaurants than we can visit, let alone eat at them all.

The city of Lublin was staging an outdoor performance for the upcoming weekend in the next block from our guesthouse. We happened to catch the dress rehearsal. I was thoroughly impressed by their extravagance and sophistication - Magician of Lublin?

On the train to Wroclaw, somewhere west of Lublin.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw's Town Square was huge and colorful. This shot only shows about 1/8th of the square as the building on the right, the New Town Hall, is not a bordering building but in the middle along with the Old Town Hall and bunch of other buildings.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Looking down past the Old Town Hall to the only Modern building on the square..
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

But first, lunch at Vega vegetarian restaurant.
Wroclaw, Poland

Pierogis at the supermarket.
Wroclaw, Poland

Gotta like a city that builds a park (with plenty of seating) on its waterfront instead of condos or malls or parking lots.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The old Markethouse is a beauty, in and out.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

We bought some pastries.
Wroclaw, Poland

Creating a mosaic at the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Wroclaw, Poland

The architectonic ceiling at Church of the Holy Name of Jesus is a big attempt, but ultimately too busy and too overhead.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The University building is over 100 meters long.
Wroclaw, Poland

The Green Bus - a vegan food truck/van. We checked them out but did not eat there as the menu offerings were solely pizza and veggie burgers; we are trying to eat as much Polish food as possible.
Wroclaw, Poland

Crossing Most (Bridge) Tumski on our way to the twin-spired Cathedral (back right).
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Inside the White Stork Synagogue.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

New-ish trams.
Wroclaw, Poland

We decide to try all five veg cutlets served at Vega, plus the vegan stuffed eggplant. ;-)
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Evening stroll past the very red-orange outdoor Lublin Exhibition, into the Square, and towards the Cathedral.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Day Two: On our way to the Architecture Museum we encounter the massive brick Post Office with attached in-progress very modern WHITE apartment building.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The Architecture Museum, housed in an old church, exceeded our expectations with an exhibit on Art Nouveau ceramics ...
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

...er, and this Art Deco Stove.
Wroclaw, Poland

Plus Werkbund in Poland.
Wroclaw, Poland

Just can't get enough of Polish self-service food. This at Express Kuchnia Marche, our new fav.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

We cross Most Grunwaldski, walk along a shaded path, and cross Most Zwierzyniecki to checkout Centennial hall (built in 1913) and the multimedia fountain behind it.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Centennial Hall and the fountain (with pergola) are popular with tour groups of all ages.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

A great example of Werkbund architecture in Poland, the Park Hotel, is located nearby.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

And the entrance to Centennial hall in all its glory.
Wroclaw, Poland

The former Jewish Hospital.
Wroclaw, Poland

Balconies.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The Lublin Exhibition just off the Wroclaw Market Square.
Wroclaw, Poland

Evening stroll.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

And back to the Lublin outdoor performance.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The Rudolf Petersdorff Department Store and two additional Modernist buildings in the Old Town area.
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

4 comments:

Kathy said...

Very nice, but no gnomes?

Crash Eddy said...

We've been away Sierra Club volunteering in NYC Riverside Park. Will take some time to catch up with your prolific posts which seem to get longer each time.

I'm confused by the three wheel bicycle. Is the third wheel a trailer?

And you say Wroclaw was devastated in WWII but, based on your photos, appears much escaped such.

john said...

kathy, The touring schoolkids were certainly enjoying the gnomes. ;-)

john said...

Ed,

Just a 3rd wheel with panniers.

Wroclaw was devastated in WWII then mostly rebuilt during the period of Soviet domination, and then more rebuilding and modernization after the Soviet Union's demise in 1990.

-john