a weekend trip to Wroclaw
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When my boyfriend, Lorenzo, came to visit me to visit me to Leipzig last October we wanted to travel around for a few days. Neither had been to Poland before and on map it seemed to be close by, so we rented a car and bought a map of Poland. I though it would took us only around a few hours to drive to Wroclaw from Leipzig, because it was 324 km away, but because we took a long, slow route, it took us the entire day to reach Wroclaw. So in the end of the day we were really tired, but the city - especially the Rynek (Old Market Square) was so beautiful that it was definitely worth the long trip. After finally managing to find a parking place close to our hostel, checking in and sleeping for an hour or so, we went to look around and have a dinner in the city centre. I was happy to see that the central market square was rather a peaceful place (no groups of youngsters binge drinking in the streets like in some cities) even though it was Friday night. We had a dinner in the Pizzeria Oregano (http://www.oregano.com.pl/). The food there was very good (but then again.. we spent the entire day without eating anything at all and we were so hungry that almost everything would have tasted delicious). The website was in Polish so at first we were worried that they would have only Polish menu, but staff spoke English very well and we got a really good service there.
The following day we woke up early and spent half a day walking around the city before heading back to Leipzig. It was lovely day - rather warm and sunny, even though it was early October. The beautiful architecture and green areas in the old town promenades made the city look very charming. We liked especially the Szcytnicki Park that is one of the oldest definitely one of the most beaufitul park in Wroclaw. We were told that Prince Frederick Louis Hohenlohe-Enelfingen bought the forest to Wroclaw in 1783 and turned it into one of the first English-style gardens in Europe. There are various species of plants and replicas of ancient sculptures as well as a Japanese garden small 16/17 century church. We went to visit also the Cathedral Island where the the former abbey of the St. Augustine Canons is situated. It was build in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and it was once one of the wealthiest in Wroclaw. The abbey and the Gothic church that was built in the 14th century look absolutely amazing. Also the view of the island and the scenery over the river are pittoresque. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to look around in Wroclaw, because by the time we left the Cathedral Island it was already afternoon and time to head back to Leipzig.