Villa Carpatia

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Today we head to Zolynia for several weeks in a health spa. We were met at Rzeszow by Anna’s cousin Piotr Who took us to lunch in his café in Kolbuszowa. Our last decent feed for a fortnight. Thank goodness it was a great one. A bowl of

Villa Carpatia

Villa Carpatia

chicken soup followed by a huge serve of Kotlety Schabowy with lovely vegies and side salads and finished off with coffee and cakes. Then Piotr blew us away. He said we could take his car for our stay in Villa Carpatia. This was wonderful as it gives us freedom to move around. The Villa is 2km out of Zolynia.

Piotr set up the GPS and adjusted the seats and taught me how to drive the car. It is a keyless Citroen with an automatic shift unlike one I have experienced before. With a little bit of luck we were eventually on our way.

The Citroen is big and the roads we were travelling were not. It was a bit of a white knuckle drive for the first little while. The wrong side of the road for me and the A pillar is in two parts and very big so it does limit vision in the left quarter.

A while along I decided I did not need the radio so I asked Anna to turn it off. She did so but also turned off the GPS. Whoops. We are totally bushed without it. After some worrying moments she was able to get it back. Unfortunately the backlight was off so it is a little harder to read but at least we had it.

The back yard

The back yard

The trip to Villa Carpatia was uneventful. We checked in and were shown to

Our room

Our room

our room. It is pleasant enough. It is very well lit with a huge ceiling window. It is sort of an attic apartment.

Our meals have been Spartan. Vegies and fruit only. Tasty enough, if you like barszcz (beetroot soup) and cabbage soup. The salads have been wonderful. Mostly carrot with stuff but lunch today offered shredded apple with blue berries. Whilst I am sure the menu is very healthy, it is not energy dense and I am starving.

Carrot salad

Carrot salad

On our first full day it was quite cold. Anna and I joined the 8 o’clock forest walk. It was lovely but too cold for me. I withdrew after a kilometre. We joined an exercise class at 10 o’clock. It was mostly static floor exercises. This was fine until we got to the leg raises. Both our lower backs are not up to this level of stress.

Dill pickle and cauliflower salad

Dill pickle and cauliflower salad

It meant that our movements were fairly ginger for the rest of the day.

This morning we went to a pool, some 30 minutes away. We had to buy sandals to walk in. Anna needed a head cover. I still have mine from earlier trips. We were given an electronic bracelet without instruction. This turned out to operate the entry turnstile and a locker in the change room. Pretty flash.

The pool was heated of course and very pleasant. It has some incredible features based on high pressure water jets but the best was a stainless steel ring in the middle. Imagine a circular solid fence/wall person high and about 2.5 metres diameter with a metre wide entry. Like an over large letter “C” I had no idea what it was for. Then we saw people walking/running around the circumference inside. The idea was to create a circular current and be swept along with it. Huge fun. There was also a Jacuzzi which was pleasant. We did not go into the Olympic pool. There was a waterslide but it was not operating. This was a wonderful complex, originally funded by the EU. What a pity about Brexit. Poland could use more English money.

This afternoon Anna took the Citroen to go to the hairdresser. She told me it was not going when she pressed the accelerator. I started the engine. This seemed to solve the problem. On her return she informed me that as she left the driveway and turned into the road she drove on the wrong side. An oncoming car had to also drive on the wrong side to pass her. Then when she turned right onto the main drag she went to the wrong side again. The two cars behind her must have wondered. Thankfully, she got back safely.

Whilst she was in the village Anna bought me some black tea. They only offer herbal here and a man can only take so much of it. She is brewing up right now. I cant wait. She has also smuggled me in some black pepper.