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Oh no you didn’t!
Oh yes, I did!
I mentioned the complicated relationship between Germany and Poland a few years ago, and all I got was a barrage of insults and outrage!
Neither side were happy.
In this context however, I’m referring to Görlitz – commonly known as Görlitz – Zgorzelec – a tiny little city in East Germany, so entwined with it’s neighbour that you merely have to walk across a single bridge and you’re right there.
So we did.
We walked over the bridge!
Are you still with me?
To a border town called Zgorzelec.
In fact, not only are you in another country, some might say that you’re almost in another world!
It wasn’t enough to just skip over the bridge, ‘cos I wanted to learn and see things too.
In this case, the home of Jacob Böhme!
Jacob Böhme was a German shoemaker, a 17th-century mystic and a Protestant theologian to boot!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Boehme_Haus.JPG”>
Do you see what I did there?
A peasant whose books caused a scandal!
Of course I wanted to visit!
The Jacob Böhme House is not only a monument / museum, it’s also the Zgorzelec Tourist Information Office!
It was supposed to open at 10:00.
We’re German now, so we arrived at 09:45!
And we waited.
At 10:30, we heard a slight movement, and a quiet “click!”
Just a grumpy stare.
I’m not at all deterred, so we had a good look at the exhibitions and bought postcards and stamps.
Funnily enough, as soon as the museum assistant realised that although I spoke German, I was in fact British, he spoke to us warmly, and was even quite chatty!
In fact, he was so delighted that he allowed me to stamp the postcards with the Görlitz – Zgorzelec heritage mark, and encouraged me to choose a book, which he then gave me as a present!
I was really looking forward to visiting the Lusatian Museum in Zgorzelec – an exhibition about the city, history and culture of Upper Lusatia.
It was supposed to be open, but was firmly closed.
Such a shame!
We then took a quick sprint up Raven’s Hill, and then gently strolled along the river bank of Neisse, and had ALL our lunches and dinner in the local restaurants.
I highly recommend the Piwnica Staromiejska /Altstadt-Brauhaus / Old Town Brewery, which you can find in the courtyard of the Dreiradenmühle / Granary Mill on the edge of the bridge in Zgorzelec!
We absolutely loved it!
As well as the Restauracja PRZY JAKUBIE /Jacobs Inn, right next door to the house of Jacob Böhme, which was delicious!
Both restaurants are highly recommended.
For better value, pay in zloty if you can, rather than in Euros!
It has to be said, we really like Poland, and are always delighted to get as much chance as possible to visit.
The food is great.
The people are lovely.
But the politics.
Not at all.
But this blog isn’t usually the place to get all serious …
I said usually!
So I’ll leave you with these photos of one of the world’s most delicious food you can ever find.
So bite me!
See you soon!
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