Wrocław, Poland | Interrail

After that little travel blog break, I think it's time to jump back onto telling you guys about my interrail trip. I wasn't really sure how to set these posts out, so I am literally just writing about the places that we went - if you guys have any suggestions or requests, please do let me know in the comments or tweet me - I know a lot of people have upcoming interrail trips or are thinking about doing one, so I'd like my blog to me as helpful as it can be from my experiences!

I've previously written about Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague, which made up the first week of our trip. Next up, we took a trip to Poland.

We knew that we wanted to head to Krakow at some point in our trip, but after a bit of research on my part, I discovered the city of Wrocław. The images of the colourful buildings and lights by night won me over, and so we planned a couple of days there as a stop-off between Prague and Krakow.

Wroclaw (pronounced vrots-wahf) was like a colourful fairytale.
It was one of those places that you can walk into and just go ‘yep, I like it here’. We didn't have much time to explore the entire city, so we stuck to the old town, where our hostel was luckily situated.
Home to many bars, restaurants, shops and sights, we we spoilt for choice - especially as two indecisive hungry girls looking for somewhere to eat.
We aimed to find a vegetarian restaurant that we found in our Europe book, but after walking round the same spot where it was supposed to be for far too long, we gave up and headed into an italian, with our stomachs speaking much louder than our heads or hearts.

The next day we went on a gnome hunt. Yes, gnomes.

In the 1980s, a gnome was created to represent a protest movement that used to dress up as gnomes/dwarves in order to use humour to create a peaceful yet effective movement.

“Can you treat a police officer seriously, when he is asking you the question – Why did you participate in an illegal meeting of dwarfs?” - Waldemar Fydyrch

Since then, businesses and companies have their own gnomes created and placed outside their place of work, and mostly have the identity related to the business. Can you guess where I found these?

There are plenty more where that came from, but I shan't subject you the them all!

Also, this was my favourite art that I came across:
The anonymous pedestrians by Jerzy Kalina. A memorial to the introduction of martial law in 1981 and the huge amount of people that disappeared (‘went underground’) in the middle of the night courtesy of the militia.

Wroclaw is somewhere that I'd definitely visit again. I feel as if there is so much more to see and so many gnomes to discover (haha), I just didn't have my fill of it in the extremely short time that we were there. Ah well, till next time!

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