We parked in the secure parking area under the bridge which is next to the river and right on the outskirts of the old town. It cost 35 Polish Zloty’s which is about 9 euros or $12.50 Australian. This allowed us to park for the day and stay overnight, which we did. During the day the carpark is full of buses coming and going filled with school children and other tourists, but at night it was almost empty and a very quiet place to spend the night. After parking up and having lunch we set off to see the sights of Torun. One of the things that the place is famous for is that Copernicus a (Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its centre) was born there.
We explored the old town and after a couple of hours we finally found a tourist information place to get a map. When we looked at the map we realized that we had already seen most of the interesting places. The place was full of interesting street art and many times you had to look up to see it. After an iced coffee which was more like soft iced coffee icecream , we strolled back to the parking spot and watched as the buses filled with school kids and headed off.
Our destination today 26th May Tuesday [sometimes we lose track of the days, it gets worse when you lose track of the country you are in] was the town of Plock. It is located on the Wisla River north west of Warsaw. As we approached the town from across the bridge we could see a perfect spot to stay for the night, a carpark on the riverbank just below the town. After parking up and having lunch we set of to have a look around.
The town was up a set of stairs and it wasn’t long before we were in the old section of the town. Our normal plan of attack is to visit the local tourist information office, most places have them but the response can be very varied. At some the workers almost try an avoid you and at others they are really friendly and helpful. The young lady there was in the friendly category and even had relatives in Australia.
The town although interesting needed some TLC as many buildings were in disrepair. After the old town centre we strolled along the shopping streets coming across a local market area, where food, clothes, flowers and other good were displayed. I spent up big a bought a pair of sunglasses for 15 Zloty’s [$5.00 Australian]. We had walked a good many kilometres and we arrived back late in the afternoon tired and hungry.
Some things don’t work out the way you plan them for example we had found a camperstop in two sources, a Dutch site, Camper Contact and a French site CampingcarInfo. Both told us that the place was at the back of a house in a village, it was free but you paid for electricity and water, sounded fine to us. After driving off the main road and down some narrow roads we found the place, only to find the main gate locked and after going through a small gate finding no-one home. So change of plan we continued on we stopping next to a church for lunch and consulted the “oracle”, the Autoroute Map on the computer with all helpful points of interests loaded on. A small campsite was only 25 kilometres away so off again and on towards the town of Warka.
We decided to stay there for a couple of days. For one it had good wifi, it was very quiet, on the first night we were the only people in the campsite, the second night we were joined by another couple in a caravan and a young couple with a dog on push bikes. The deciding reason in the end was that we needed to do some washing and conveniently they had a washing machine which they didn’t charge an arm and a leg to use.
There is always the mundane things to do while travelling, it’s not all glamorous sightseeing, having coffee and cake and watching the sunset. We do have to shop, wash clothes, clean the motorhome and do some regular maintenance. For the 2 days in Warka we did 2 loads of washing, washed the outside of the “Bunyip”, polished the bugs off the bonnet, fitted a couple of hinges to a cupboard door, gave the wheel rims a coat of paint, cleaned inside and defrosted the fridge. There was some time to visit the town and then relax with a beer and cider. Our next destination is Radom where we have read that they have an open air museum, I think we will give the town a miss and see what the museum has to offer.
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