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Town hall. You can see the top of a Gothic tower in the background.

When driving through Poland, be aware of radar cameras set up to catch speeders in just about every little town!  I was too busy trying to look at the scenery and navegate to speed, so no problems there, but it is something to keep in mind.  Another thing to be prepared for is a lot of wild passing on narrow roads.  You have a combination of slow trucks, fast sportscars, bicycles and pedestrians walking on the side of some roads.  So, you really have to be careful, especially when it's dark.  The pedestrians especially can be really hard to see.  Another thing I noticed is a lot of inspections where drivers are pulled over to check documentation. 

We're on our way to Mazuria, and on the way I wanted to visit a Mazovian town called Pułtusk.  Pułtusk is one of the oldest towns in Mazovia and is known for having one of the longest market squares in Europe and also for Dom Polskii which was the castle of the Bishop's of Płock.

  Its location on the Narew river gave it some strategic and economic importance through the ages and it was destroyed and rebuilt a number of times and has Baroque, Neoclassical and Renaissance elements. 

Dom Polskii is the "House of the Polish Diaspora" and has a nice hotel and a very famous restaurant.  I'd heard about this town and its famous market square, so it was definitely a place that I wanted to stop and explore a little.  The market square is really very long.  Maybe I expected something more exaggerated, but it is long, and being a Saturday there were many stands set up where people were buying just about anything you could need.

I also read that this town was the site of one of the greatest battles of the 1806 Napoleonic campaign.

Dom Polskii
That victory of the French army was immortalized in the inscription on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. If anyone happens to be in Paris, maybe they can let me know if you can actually see such an inscription there.  The green house in one of the pictures that I've added to this entry is the home where Napoleon stayed after the battle.  It's located right on the market square. 

We would have liked to have something hot to drink - coffee, tea or something - but there was no place to go inside.  We wandered around the square, and down to Dom Polskii and took some pictures.  It was pretty cold, so we ended up heading back to the car and continuing on our way toward Spychowo.

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Town hall.  You can see the top of…
Town hall. You can see the top o…
Dom Polskii
Dom Polskii
View of one end of the Market Squa…
View of one end of the Market Squ…
Driving around Pułtusk!
Driving around Pułtusk!
Pułtusk market square.
Pułtusk market square.
Another view of Pułtusks market …
Another view of Pułtusk's market…
Pułtusks market square
Pułtusk's market square
Gothic tower in the center of the …
Gothic tower in the center of the…
Yikes!
Yikes!
Plaque on the house Napoleon staye…
Plaque on the house Napoleon stay…
House where Napoleon stayed after …
House where Napoleon stayed after…
Pułtusk.
Pułtusk.
Nice country road.
Nice country road.
Pułtusk
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