20-21.07.2018 – IN THE “SIEGED” MALBORK

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THE TRIP TO MALBORK HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR A LONG TIME. THIS TIME IT’S A FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRIP. FEW NO SPRING CHICKENS AND THE KIDS. THE IDEA IS TO USE THE ANNUAL HISTORICAL STAGING ORGANIZED THERE, TO INSTILL THE DESIRE FOR LEARNING THE NOT-DISTORTED HISTORY OF POLISH SOIL IN THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

DIRECTIONS FROM KATOWICE (502 km) TOOK US 5 HOURS. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW THE ROUTE: PRACTICALLY ALL THE TIME YOU ARE DRIVING E 75 – DUAL CARRIAGEWAY ON LAWS OF THE MOTORWAY, AND A1 – AMBER HIGHWAY. AT PRESENT, 120 km OF A1 (FROM THE NOWA WIES TO SWAROZYN) IS PAYABLE. IN MY OPINION A LOT, BECAUSE 25 PLN. AFTER LEAVING THE HIGHWAY IN SWAROZYN, YOU STILL HAVE 25 km AHEAD OF YOU. ABOUT HALFWAY – ON THE RIGHT DRIVING TOWARDS MALBORK – THERE IS A LPG (ONLY) STATION – THE CHEAPEST ONE ON THE WHOLE ROUTE FROM SILESIA. IF YOU USE LPG, FILL IN THE TANK HERE, BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE OWNER CLOSES THE STATION AT A STRANGE TIME.

WE BOOKED ACCOMMODATION A FEW MONTHS EARLIER. MALBORK ATTRACTS CROWDS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS, SO ONE HAD TO PROTECT YOURSELF. ALL THE MORE SO BECAUSE WE PLANNED THE STAY ON THE DAYS IN WHICH THERE ARE HISTORICAL STAGINGS NAMED “THE SIEGE OF MALBORK“.

WE CHOSE THE NIGHT SHELTER DISTANT AT THE c. 1500 m FROM THE CASTLE. “VILLA OPTIMAL” IS ACTUALLY AN OPTIMAL PLACE FOR NOT VERY DEMANDING CUSTOMERS, WILLING TO PAY A RATHER HIGH PRICE FOR THE NIGHT. THERE ARE SMALLER AND LARGER APARTMENTS, CLEAN AND FAIRLY FRESH LOOKING.

THE DOWNSIDE OF OUR APARTMENT – APART FROM THE INADEQUATE PRICE – WAS THE LACK OF A REASONABLE WARDROBE IN WHICH ONE COULD HANG THINGS ON HANGERS; TOWEL HANGERS IN THE BATHROOM PLACED VERY FAR FROM THE SHOWER CABIN, AND NO ROOM THERE FOR SHAMPOOS, SOAPS, SPONGES, ETC.
PROS: IS A FAIRLY LARGE FREE PARKING FOR CUSTOMERS, A GARDEN WITH A TRAMPOLINE FOR CHILDREN, THE PROXIMITY OF A LARGE DISCOUNT STORE “NETTO”, SILENCE AND THE VERY COMMUNICATIVE, OBLIGING OWNER.
THE OBJECT IS CONSTANTLY MODERNIZED AND THERE IS A CHANCE TO BRINGING IT TO A STATE THAT IMPROVES THE VALUE FOR MONEY.

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MALBORK – NAUGHTY? … WELL, LET’S DRAGGED HER TO THE STOCKS

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FOOD

 

DURING THE SUMMER, THE NUMBER OF PLACES SERVING FOOD IN THE VICINITY OF THE CASTLE IS HUGE. WHILE WALKING AROUND WE SAW MANY INTERESTING LOOKING DISHES. UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT ABLE TO WRITE ABOUT MOST DINERS NOTHING MORE, THAT THEY LOOKED GOOD. DURING OUR STAY, JUST BEFORE THE ENTRANCE TO THE CASTLE STOOD A DOZEN FOOD TRUCKS, EXPANDING THE CULINARY OFFER.  A SO-CALLED “FOOD TRUCK’S TASTE FESTIVAL” WAS JUST GOING ON HERE.

PERSONALLY, WE CHECKED 3 PLACES SERVING FOOD: ONE OF THEM IS A RESTAURANT “U FLISAKA” ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE CASTLE, ON THE BANK OF THE NAREW RIVER. THE CHOICE HERE SEEMED LARGER AND MORE INTERESTING TO US THAN IN OTHER PLACES. IN ADDITION TO THE KNUCKLE, BIGOS OR GRILLED SAUSAGES – SERVED EVERYWHERE STANDARDS, ONE CAN GET HERE FISH SERVED IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, CEPELINAIS (SOLD OUT IN A FLASH) AND VARIOUS LETTUCES. WE TOOK AN INTERESTING-LOOKING PORK KNUCKLE. WAS GOOD, BUT WITHOUT MADNESS. AS FOR ME –  TOO FLAT TASTE. I WILL NOT TRY THE SECOND TIME. THE “RAFTER’S” BEER COSTS A FEW PERCENT MORE THAN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. BUT THEY SERVE WINE !!! ON AVERAGE, DINNER PER PERSON COST PLN 40.

TWO OTHER EATING PLACES THAT INTERESTED US, HAD WHEELS. YES, YOU ARE RIGHT – WE CHOSE FOOD TRUCKS! THE CROWD SWIRLING AROUND THEM + WILLINGNESS TO EAT SOMETHING LIGHT, LED US TO CAREFULLY REVIEW THE OFFER OF THESE SEVERAL MOBILE DINERS. AS A RESULT, WE CHOSE: WOMBAT – BELGIAN FRIES; I TRIED DISHES OF THE “POSZARPANI” COMPANY – A BAGEL WITH JERKY DUCK MEAT, RED ONION JAM, ROASTED CHEDDAR, PEAR AND FENUGREEK, AND SPICED UP BY NAGA JOLOKIA – UNTIL RECENTLY, CALLED THE HOTTEST PEPPERS IN THE WORLD (OVER ONE MILLION UNITS ON THE SCOVILLE’S SCALE). I HAD TO SIGN A STATEMENT RELEASING THE DRIVING KITCHEN FROM LIABILITY FOR POSSIBLE DAMAGE IN MY BODY. I ALMOST MISSED, BEING EATEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH, BY THIS PAPRIKA …

 

SIGHTSEEING

 

MAGNIFICENT CASTLE. A LOT TO SEE. IT TAKES AT LEAST 4 HOURS TO CALMLY WATCH EVERYTHING. CROWDS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. I RECOMMEND SIGHTSEEING WITH AN AUDIO GUIDE. AS I NOTED, GUIDED TOURS CAN BE VERY INTERESTING, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, OFTEN EVEN A SUPERMAN HAS TO LIMIT THE TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE DUE TO THE RUSH. MYSELF I HEARD THE DESCRIPTION OF ONE OF THE CHAMBER (ROOMS BELONGING TO THE TREASURER) IN THE PERFORMANCE OF 3 GUIDES. A COLOSSAL DIFFERENCE !!!

PARKING CLOSE TO THE CASTLE COSTS A FORTUNE. IT IS BETTER TO LEAVE THE CAR 500 M FROM THE CASTLE IN THE MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT. PREFERABLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. TICKETS BUY VIA THE INTERNET USING, FOR EXAMPLE, FREE WI-FI. YOU WILL SAVE A LOT OF TIME.

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