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Mielno and Slupsk

Mielno and Slupsk

Mielno This is the village were Sofra is located. It is slotted in on a spit between the Baltic Sea and Lake Jamno. The next village along is Lazy. Sounds like my sort of place. Mielno exists as a tourist destination and health retreat. The spit between the lake and sea would be less than […]

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Sofra

Sofra

We have been resident in a Health Spa on the Polish Baltic coast at Mielno for a week. We are having the 1,000 calorie or 4,200 Kilo Joule diet supported by exercise programs and “treatments”. It is clearly working as we have both lost weight and girth. Our clothes are not nearly so close fitting. […]

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Szczecin

Szczecin

Today, Friday, June 21, we arrived in Szczecin in the north western extremity of Poland. We left Krakow last night and spent just under 12 hours on a very comfortable sleeper train. Anna and I had individual compartments which made for a relaxed trip. Yesterday in Krakow was very hot and humid and the train […]

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Fabryki Oskara Schindlera

Fabryki Oskara Schindlera

Welcome back to my blog. Over the next 3 months I will be adding travel articles that I think will be of general interest. This entry relates to a permanent exhibition entitled Krakow under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945 which is housed in Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory. My first impression as we neared the factory was “Wow, […]

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Floriade 2011

Floriade 2011

Since 1988 Canberra has hosted a major flower show known as Floriade. It runs for the months of September and October. Commonwealth Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin is used to provide hundreds of hectares of garden space. The beds are principally bulbs such as tulips and daffodils but they are also jollied […]

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Barcelona

Barcelona

The trip from Onda to Barcelona took us through hilly country with what might have been spectacular views of the coast except for the mist which hung low and thick. As usual the expressway was excellent and had a speed limit of 120 which was consistently ignored. Our first stop was at Barcelona soccer stadium […]

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Valencia

Valencia

This day we headed to Valencia. It was a long ride in the bus. We left so early it was still dark and we arrived at 3 in the afternoon. The hotel staff did make us breakfast though. We pulled into a parking area beside the Science and Arts quarter. A bloke named Santiago Calatrava […]

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Cordoba and Alhambra

Cordoba and Alhambra

We left the hotel so early that we were given a plastic bag breakfast. The staff would not work so early. The breakfast complemented the previous evening’s meal. It was pretty poor. We had a long run to Cordoba but still arrived around 9.00 am. We crossed the bridge to the old town. The bridge […]

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Seville

Seville

It was a long drive to Seville. We arrived in the early afternoon and rushed off to the Cathedral. The building started life as a mosque but became a Church when Seville was liberated (captured?) by the Christians. The original minaret has become the spire. The top fell off during the earthquake and has been […]

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Lisbon

Lisbon

We began Saturday by heading past Lisbon to Cabo da Roca or Rocky Cape. This is the most westerly point in Europe. The lighthouse keeper had fine accommodation. Unfortunately it was raining so the views were limited. We continued along the coast to the “blow hole”. The surf was all of 15cm so I had […]