Okay guess where we are right now:
Okay, you’re thinking “Looks Renaissance-y, bet you WOB and HOB are in Italy”.
Nope. This is Zamość, in Poland.
Yep, we’re in Eastern Poland. Here’s how we got here: ate breakfast at our hostel in Warsaw this morning and took a train to Lublin. Jumped off the train in Lublin and walked until we found a pierogi shop.
I didn’t know how to order so I pointed at a man’s meal and said in Polish “Two please.”
The meal of the day turned out to be kluski, potato dumplings and two lovely cabbage sides—one red and one green. The kluski, which were tender and comforting, were topped with a brown butter and flour sauce (’cause it’s always best to smother starch with more starch).
Our meal cost PLN 12.00, so about $1.50 each for a filling lunch. Plus we got to watch ladies buy huge bags of pierogi while we noshed.
Then we got an other train, which was wonderfully scenic and relaxing, stopping in dozens of small Polish towns. Our hostel is right next to the train station so we dropped our bags and walked straight into the walled city of Zamość.
Zamość, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, pushes all my buttons.
Renaissance arcades? Check.
Clean lined urban planning? Check.
An outstanding, secular-centered town square? Check.
A gazillion details to linger over? Check.
Poor HOB is not feeling well. He’s been down with a bad cold. You know those gross people who cough all over you on the airplane? Yup, that’s him this week. This is what he looked like when our alarm went off early this morning.
If you listen closely in this video you can hear HOB start to make a tapping sound. He’s mad because he warned me to make a video no longer than 10 seconds (and this is more like 24 seconds). That’s because he was fretting over the life of the camera battery, which I admit I gave quite a workout with all the pictures I took in Zamość today. I’ll be sure to write more about the town, and show you more details of the glorious town later. Now I’d better try to get some sleep next to the coughing man.
Where we slept: Hostel Zamość. Price: €32 for a double. Recommended: yes.