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2021.11.11 – … PREPARATIONS …

A VERY VERY IMPORTANT DAY

 

FROM THE CRACK OF DAWN, i.e. FROM 9:20 a.m. ONWARDS, WE DROVE AROUND THE OFFICES. OF COURSE, WE HAD A DRIVER AND A “SPECIALIST OFFICE WORKER” – 2 IN ONE. FIRST STOP – THE OFFICE IN THE CAPITAL. THE NEXT IN BAMBOO. THE SECOND ONE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IF IT WASN’T FOR THE KINDNESS OF THE OFFICIAL WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO DRIVE TENS OF KILOMETRES FURTHER – TO BLACK RIVER.

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20.07.2021 – WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO FEEL IN HERAKLION LIKE ON SANTORINI

 

We are just about to embark on our first overseas trip. The first post-Covid and the first in 2021, of course. For the last few months, we have been exploring the unknown for us areas of the Polish Republic, full of pro-PiS voters (PiS – Low & Order Party – very right-winged and nationalistic). We must admit that we were surprised by the standard of living of these PiS voters (PiS = ***) of a society that does not love him too much (*****).
Now, having twice visited the Polish Baden-Baden (better known as Busko-Zdroj), we are flying to Crete for the sake of balance.

We had a plane from Balice Airport at 7:55 a.m. Just after the border of Malopolska voivodship, we got into the rain. It accompanied us to the airport.

We left the car at “Samolocik” parking place. This place, about 1500 m away from the terminal, has very high ratings and low prices. Fourteen days cost 95 PLN.

The security check went quickly. There were unexpectedly many staff and few travellers.

Oncoming Greece can be recognized from afar by the colour of the sky. The closer to the target, the more azure it is.

Renting a car at the airport for a reasonable price is quite an art. However, we tried to find some. After hearing – having a fully covered small car for 14 day’s, we had to pay 870€00 – we jumped into a taxi and drove to the rented apartment.

SYLVIA HOME stands on one of the narrow streets of the old town. Surrounded by a high wall, the place looks brand new or newly renovated. It stands out from the rest of the street, encouragingly shining as a Greek vacation sun.
The entire property – surrounding walls; the patio, stairs plus all rooms; the windows and doors – has been painted in a regular, very light colour. Probably a shade of white. I personally associate this colour with white mixed with a few drops of British Duck Egg Blue tint. But that is not important. The important thing is that a visitor standing at the front door of this property is under the impression he has landed on Santorini, not in Heraklion. The first thing you see behind the metal door is a large patio, which connects via a staircase, the ground floor bedroom and kitchen, with the bedroom and a large partially shaded terrace upstairs.
Both small bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. However, they lack space to spread out their belongings. There is neither wardrobe nor shelves, unfortunately. Personally, it didn’t bother me, but the other three persons, yes. The biggest attraction of SYLVIA HOME is the spacious terrace prepared for eating. For us, living in a temperate climate, eating outside is a real treat. Therefore, the possibility of dining outdoors made everyone very happy.
The large kitchen on the lower level of the lodge has an air conditioning unit and, if required, a TV.
As a welcome gift, we got a quarter of Rakia. A nice gesture from the manager.

Having left our belongings in the rented apartment, we set off for a short survey. On the way, we bought something to eat for dinner and breakfast. We also saw some monuments.

When travelling in 4, you have to take into account the needs of fellow travellers. Our friends – Rude eat more often than we do. That probably is more normal, I guess. However, we only need two meals a day. They are getting 3. But that’s not a problem. When they feel a little hungry, they can buy a sandwich plus something to drink, and we are out of the problem. It would be worse if a “Big Hunger” would be involved. The travel program prepared by Wombat does not include a lunch break. Following our rules is hard work. It’s not a factory job.
There is no room for downtime and strikes.
And Rude know it.
They almost always have an alternative. That’s because Wombat’s travel plan gives our friends free rein over their time. Only a few days – those in which we change the accommodation – are excluded from this. Just because, going to a new place, we often stop to see something along the way, and we can not afford any time deviations.


Brunnen

20.10.2018 – A RIDE THROUGH AACHEN, ONCE AQUAE GRANNI

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WE SWING BY FOR A SHORT TIME TO AACHEN, CALLED FOR A LONG TIME AQUAE GRANNI, WHICH FOR CENTURIES WAS A VERY INTERESTING PIECE OF LAND FOR EACH OF THE RULERS OF THE SURROUNDING STATES. TODAY, THE CITY LIES AT THE JUNCTION OF THREE COUNTRIES – BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY. (more…)


14÷16.09.2018 – PRZESIEKA. A CLASH WITH THE KARKONOSZE NATURE

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WE WENT ON A LONG-POSTPONED VISIT TO FRIENDS FROM LOWER SILESIA. WE SPENT A FEW DAYS WITH THEM, GETTING TO KNOW ONE OF THE LESSER-KNOWN CORNERS OF OUR COUNTRY – PRZESIEKA – A VILLAGE LOCATED IN THE CZERWIENIA VALLEY, MYI AND PODGORNA VALLEY. (more…)


22 ÷ 26.08.2018 – BARYCZ VALLEY ATTRACTIONS

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THE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT IN “W STARYM MŁYNIE” (IN THE OLD MILL). I WILL START WITH THIS – BECAUSE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT TRAVEL IS GOOD ACCOMMODATION AND TASTY FOOD. LOCATED ABOUT 5 km FROM MILICZ, THE “IN THE OLD MILL” INN INCLUDES 9 ROOMS WITH BATHROOMS AND A SMALL RESTAURANT. (more…)


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. (more…)


30.10.2017 – MIEDZYGORZE

DO YOU KNOW MIEDZYGORZE? NO? REGRET… THIS BEAUTIFUL SETTLEMENT LOST AMONGST SUDETEN FOREST CORNERS IS PARALYSING WITH ONE’S CHARM. MOSTLY UNTOUCHED BY THE ARCHITECTS OF THE POLISH CROOKED COMMUNISM ERA, IT MOVED US TO THE BEGINNING OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. GREAT PLACE FOR A FEW DAYS GETAWAY. (more…)


17.08.2017 – WELCOME TO BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS

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YESTERDAY IN THE LATE EVENING WE ARRIVED AT THE BIESA PALACE IN OLSZANICA FOR THE NIGHT. HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT UNTIL THE MORNING WE WERE ABLE TO APPRECIATE THE PLACE, WHERE WE SPENT THE NIGHT. (more…)


16.08.2017 – THE CARPATHIAN TROY

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WE MADE PLANS FOR THIS TRIP FOR MONTHS. THE INITIATOR WAS MY MOM, WHO A FEW YEARS AGO LEARNED ABOUT THE WONDERFUL DISCOVERY OF POLISH ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN THE SWIETOKRZYSKIE VOIVODESHIP. FOR A LONG TIME, WE WERE UNABLE TO COORDINATE THE DATE OF THE EXPEDITION TO SUIT ALL INTERESTED PARTIES. EITHER SOMEONE COULD NOT GO, ANOTHER TIME THE CAR REBELLED. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS THE ATTEMPT TO COMBINE A TRIP TO TRZCINICA – CARPATHIAN TROY WITH THE VISIT TO A DISTANT “FAMILY” IN THE BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS. SUCH A VISIT COULD ADD BLUSHES FOR OUR OUTING, AROUSING MEMORIES. IT ISN’T HOWEVER EASILY TO COORDINATE THE TRIP TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS WITH THE CARE OF THE CAT, EVERYDAY DUTIES, AND THE VISIT TO THE PLACE THAT ONE SAW LAST IN 1983. ESPECIALLY, IF WE HAVE AMONGST SIGHTSEERS TWO AGEING LADIES. (more…)


03.08.2017 – ZEROMSKI AND SUCHANEK IN ORLOWO

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UNFORTUNATELY, THE GATHERING CLOUDS HERALDED RAIN FOR OUR FAREWELL. (more…)


03.08.2017 – FAREWELL TO ORLOWO

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IN THE MORNING, HAVING A MOMENT OF TIME, WE POPPED OUT ON THE GDYNIA ORLOWO PIER. ORLOWO HAS CHANGED A LOT. IT BECAME PRETTIER, TOOK ON EUROPEAN CHARM. CLEAN, NEAT, PROSPEROUS. (more…)


02.08.2017 – CROWDED GDANSK

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IN THE MORNING WE RACED AGAIN WITH TIME. WE HAVE BOUGHT ONLINE ADMISSION TICKETS, ENTITLING US TO ENTER THE MUSEUM OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR BETWEEN 10 a.m. AND 1 p.m. TOURING SHOULD LAST ABOUT 4 HOURS. THEN WE WILL HAVE MEETING OUR FAMILY AND SHOW THEM AROUND THE CENTRE OF GDANSK. WE HAVE AN APPOINTMENT AT 2:30 p.m. (more…)