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I like Lublin! I didn't expect it to be so pretty and well-preserved.  In a few weeks when the leaves are back on the trees this will be amazing.  I was writing in my journal in the hotel and being with my friends from Argentina some of it is in Spanish...

We got up around 9.  The hotel bathroom is set up for people in wheelchairs or other mobility problems (I don't know if it's an obligation or not, but it's a nice detail) -- anyway, the bathroom is enormous.  Anyhow, a good hot shower and I was ready for another day!  As this is a Gaucho / Polski trip we started the day off with mate and cookies - except for Sebastian who opted for cold pizza - his favorite breakfast.  Actually, we all ended up eating cold pizza - even the dog! 

Finally we decided that we wouldn't keep the room for another day.

  We'll either head to Zamosc or Chełm or Nałęchów and decide where to sleep later...  we're improvising...  I like this....  We pack our things into the car, take the dog and start our wanderings around Lublin.  Actually, before the wandering we had a few more mates... these guys always have a thermos of hot water handy! 

Once we get on our way, we head towards Stare Miasto - the old town - which we entered through the Cracow Gate (Brama Krakowska).  Brama Krakowska is supposedly one of the symbols of the city.  I'm not sure if a lot of this is reconstructed like Warsaw's old town.

  In any event, it's a really lovely place to wander around, with nice Mannerist and Baroque facades with a lot of intricate ornamentation.  In some areas we saw some Socialist Realism decor - probably some refurbishment carried out in the 50s.  Not too far into the the old town is the market square with colorful buildings.  In the center is a nice building that used to be the city hall but now is a museum.  There are a lot of Easter decorations, flowers, eggs, rabbits, chicks... making it really cheerful.  The weather is also treating us well, the Sun even peeks out now and then.  There are a lot of beautiful churches.  One that I would recommend seeing is the Dominican church which was rebuilt in the 16 and 1700s and has some fantastic baroque chapels.
Brama Krakowska

After wandering around a while we head out the back of the old town through the Jewish Gate.  This leads toward the Lublin Castle which at some points was also used as a prison and was used by the Nazis for a lot of killing...  Unfortunatly the Castle is undergoing some refurbishment and we weren't able to visit it.  There's supposedly a nice chapel and museum inside.  I took a lot of pictures around here.  The view of the Old Town is really nice from the Castle.

After the Castle we headed down towards a large Bazaar or open-air market.  I liked seeing the food.  The way all of the fresh fruit and vegetables are displayed is really nice.  I noticed that prices are significantly lower than in Warsaw.  I like seeing how people live and shop in different places.  We bought some biscuits and took some pictures.  Then we went to a café and had a coffee.  We decide not to drive too far, and instead of Zamosc or Chelm we will head for Nałęchów.  At the local tourist information office we get a map with the location of agro-tourism places.  We decide to stay at one of these places.  Magda manages to contact one by phone.  We can bring the dog and they even have a barbecue that we can use, so off we head for Nałęchów.  On the way we stop at a supermarket to buy food to cook for dinner.

boxinbcn says:
That's the problem with some of these holidays... the pastry shops weren't open!
Posted on: Mar 25, 2008
robert99 says:
If only I could write like you. I liked your account, but you need to visit more pastry shops.
Posted on: Mar 24, 2008
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Brama Krakowska
Brama Krakowska
Brama Krakowska
Brama Krakowska
Brama Krakowska
Brama Krakowska
Detail of a window on the market s…
Detail of a window on the market …
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
View of old town
View of old town
Ruins of St. Michaels Church, bui…
Ruins of St. Michael's Church, bu…
Jewish Gate at the other end of Ol…
Jewish Gate at the other end of O…
Lublin Castle
Lublin Castle
a view of Lublin
a view of Lublin
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Lublin Castle, Too bad it's bein…
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