Summer Trip 2016 Part 2 – Łódź

2016-10-23 at 15:28

Street art in Łódź
Street art in Łódź

From the train station it was a 15 minutes walk to the hotel. I did a small detour because I could walk most of the way in a nice park. Check in was smooth at the Boutique Hostel. The room was 14€ a night – it was clean and good!

My Hotel Room in Lodz
My Hotel Room in Lodz

My Hotel Room in Lodz
My single room in the Boutique Hostel in Łódź.

Ulica Piotrkowska or Piotrkowska Street

The central axis of Łódź was revitalized from 1990 on. Part of it is now a pedestrian only street with a lot of beer gardens and restaurants. You still find many shops there as well. And lots of the nice old houses. I took a few pictures for you:

House in Piotrkowska Street

Old House in Piotrkowska Street

Old house in Ulica Piotrkowska

It's fun to stay in the YMCA!
It’s fun to stay in the YMCA!

Old building next to Piotrkowska Street
If you go in one of the side streets from Piotrkowska Street you find a lot of buildings like this one. A sleeping beauty waiting to be kissed from an investor prince.

Square next to Piotrkowska Street
A sad square next to the street. Only parking and trash. Looks like there was a club on the right before.

The other side - more of the old houses
If you turn arround – it does not get better

Julian Tuwim
Julian Tuwim – he was a poet

back on Piotrkowska Street
Back on Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Piotrkowska Street

Parking in Lodz
Can you imagine how it will look in winter?

Polish Craft Beer
Got some food and did stop at one of the small super markets. Those 5 bottles where less than 5€ and one was better than the other. The last one on the right was my dolce. It is brewed with honey.

Wonderful sky on the way to get some breakfast. After that is was time to walk to the bus station

Polski BusI love it: Polski Bus – great!

Polish Bathroom
The bus did stop in a bigger place and we had 15 minutes. There was a big shopping center so I went to use the bathroom there. I did see a lot of bathrooms in my time but never something like that!

Polish Bathroom

Polish German Border
Polish German Border – where is the blue sky gone??

Summer Trip 2016 Part 1 – Poland

2016-10-10 at 20:51

A few days after I got back from Amsterdam it was time again to hit the road again. Decided on a “3 Stop Tour” Poland – Berlin and Dutchland again. Visit friends and see some of Europe. The trip did start at the Bus Station at Stuttgart Airport. There was too much traffic so I came late and had the last seat in the rear of the bus. This way I can use the window to lean on. That was the only good thing in that bus. Not a lot of leg space and no WiFi 🙁
The ticket was also quite expensive for a bus. 72€ for an overnight trip. They had 2 girls working in the bus – selling ticket and serving coffee. TWO GIRLS??? Wow – at the other buses one of the two bus drivers is doing that. And I have no clue what took them so long. They where going back and forth for hours.

Bus from Stuttgart to Siradz

Bus from Stuttgart to Siradz

Bus from Stuttgart to Siradz
View from my seat. Thanks to my Doc I had good sleeping pills and did make it all the way to Sieradz. Had only to wait for a few minutes and Michal did pick me up.

Home Sweet Home
He had to work so I could rest a bit. In the afternoon it was time to go to Warszawa

At the Hair Dresser
Short stop at the hair dresser – visiting the girlfriend does require that – I guess?

Looook – A bird at the gas station!!

Best Food
Pierogi!!! My favourite food in Poland – and Slovakia 🙂

Mr Tyson
How low can you go – that low 🙁

I need food
They are asking for food with this flyer

Chopin Piano Concerts in Royal Łazienki Park

Free concert in the summer every Sunday at the park. There are two recitals of Chopin’s music at noon and 4 p.m. from May to September. Not my cup of tea but worth to see if you are close.

Chopin Piano Concerts in Royal Łazienki Park

Statue next to the Łazienki Palace
Statue next to the Łazienki Palace

Statue in front of the Łazienki Palace

Łazienki Palace
Łazienki Palace

Lubomirski Palace with the Tadeusz Kosciuszko Monument in front of the palace

Pałac Krasińskich

At the Square next to St. Kazimierz Church
At the Square next to St. Kazimierz Church

At the Square next to St. Kazimierz Church
Just hanging around

St. Kazimierz Church
St. Kazimierz Church

Mosaic House
Mosaic House

Ulica Brzozowa
Ulica Brzozowa

St. Martin's Church
St. Martin's Church

Church at Castle Square
The Church at Castle Square

Castle Square
Castle Square

Palace Of Science and Culture

The Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki) is the seat of different companies, cinemas, theatres, libraries, sports clubs, universities, scientific institutions and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It completed in 1955. It is still the tallest building in Poland, the eighth tallest building in the European Union and in a Top-20 of Europe with 237 metres.
Originally it was called Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science but somehow at the big “De-Stalinization” everything with his name on got erased.
The building was a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland and they did bring all the workers to build it as well.

Palace Of Science and Culture

Palace Of Science and Culture

Palace Of Science and Culture

Palace Of Science and Culture

Palace Of Science and Culture

Warsaw Downtown
With the construction of skyscrapers right next to the Palace Of Science and Culture it did lost a bit of the dissonance with the smaller buildings close to it. Now the new buildings destroyed the aesthetic balance of the old city even more than the big old “Palace”

City Beach
The City Beach in Warszawa. Great spot to hang out and see the sun go down. Lots of people do their bbq or just have a beer. There are a lot of guys selling beer as well. Later we went to a free open air concert a few minutes from here. Nice!

Street Art
Street Art

Michal and Marc
Back in Siradz Michal did bring me to the small train station in Sieradz. Thank you and see you next year 🙂

Old Train in Poland
Inside my Express Train to Łódź

Train in Poland
At the station in Łódź

Last days in Amsterdam

2016-08-21 at 17:57

A week is short and I only had 3 more days to go. More walking in Amsterdam. More meeting the guys down town and more camping.

The Citroen DS Car Collector

Next to the camp ground was a big old car collection. Most of the cars had no roof to park under and where exposed to the elements. Very sad to see them like this. Some where lucky and had at last a roof to park under or even a shed. The guy really was in love with the Citroen DS and had quite a lot of them. Who know how many more he stores in the sheds and barns on his land.

3 Station Citroen ds
3 Station Citroen DS

2 more Citroen ds
2 more Citroen DSs

3 Citroen DS waiting to see better days
3 Citroen DS waiting to see better days

But there where other cars and trucks as well:

Two Hanomag Kurier
Two Hanomag Kurier

A small Mercedes-Benz Bus
A small Mercedes Benz Bus

Mercedes Bus
There was a VW Bus as well but too much trash in front of it for a picture. A great place for vintage car lovers to spend a few hours and admire the old beauties.
The man has a blog with some of his cars as well: Use the navigation under Rollend Schroot to see the vehicles.

Back to the City

On the way to the city
On the way to the city I did walk along a bike path and this nice blue water. Next on a dike along a golf course and into the city. Small houses close to the water and next: Nieuwendammerdijk (see this post: )

Stretch 2CV
Did pass this Stretch 2CV because I decided to take another ferry today and not end up at the train station but over to Java Island and walk from there.

Stretch 2CV

Ferry in Amsterdam
One of the free ferries that took me to Amsterdam after my walk at the Nieuwendammerdijk

Ferry in Amsterdam

Wind mill in Amsterdam
Nice wind mill in the city

Cruise Boat in Amsterdam
Seems to be the thing to do in Amsterdam. Get a few friends together, some booze and go cruise the channels

Hungry Dee
Hungry Dee

Thirsty Jouke
Thirsty Jouke

Our caravan and a few more tentsThe last morning – Dutch weather again! Our caravan and a few more tents

Tippie and Trailer on the camp ground
Tippie and Trailer on the camp ground

Back to Stuttgart

Due to the incompetence of Deutsche Bahn (see this post) I had 5 trains to go and it would be a very long day on the rails. But sometimes I am lucky – and I was today 🙂

1st Train
Gerben did give me a lift to the train station. Got some food and coffee and boarded the 1st train today. It was full but I had a good seat next to the door and enough space.

2nd Train
Second train – very plastic like but ok – and free wifi!!

3rd TrainThe good thing – it did not rain since the train to Germany stops all the way at the end of the track. And there is no roof and no seating. So we did board and the train left in time. But it did stop after 4 minutes – another train with a broken engine did block the train station. So after 30 minutes we did roll back into the station. After another 30 minutes the Dutch cleared the rails and we where moving again. But now I could not make my other 2 trains to Stuttgart.
So in Düsseldorf I went to search the office to sort that out. It was some sort of Japanese festival and the train station was full of cosplayers or whatever you call them. Full Japanese Carnival. Well the friendly woman in the office did stamp my ticket and I could take the ICE to Stuttgart. Great news – 25 minutes to wait and 75 minutes early in Stuttgart.

German ICE Train
The good old ICE on its way down south to Stuttgart

Walking down Nieuwendammerdijk in Amsterdam

2016-08-19 at 14:30

Nieuwendammerdijk is a dyke or dam in the Northern IJdijk between Buiksloot and Schellingwoude. On my way from the camp ground to Amsterdam down town I crossed it to get to the ferry. Nieuwendam founded in 1514 after one of the dykes broke. At the time the dyke lay between the IJ river and fields. Most of the people here where fisherman, traders, shipbuilder and ferryman. It was an important loading port for the goods from the farms way back in the hinterland.
The sluice of Nieuwendammerdijk is one of the most important parts of the village. Since all the good on boats from the farmland behind had to come here to get further onto other ships. The small boats docked in the harbour and the goods where loaded on bigger boats or distributed to Amsterdam.
The grain and peat trade started about 1450 when the first ships sailed from here.
On old paintings you can see many mills as well. Saw-, Wood- and Corn-mills.

From 1568 after the “Eighty Years War” more and more people did find work in the fast growing city of Amsterdam. Many ships where waiting in the harbour of the dyke village for good winds or load. This way they could avoid the higher port charges in Amsterdam. That did open another source of income. Shipbuilding and repairs.
Most of the old houses are made out of wood not stone. This way they are light and do not damage the dyke.

A lot of captains did build their homes there for their retirement. At the time they had a wonderful view over the IJ River and the boats coming and going. You still can tell the wealth from the beautiful facades of these houses.
At the big flood of 1916 a large part of Nieuwendam was under water. More and more the city did depend on Amsterdam. In 1921 it became a part of it. In the following years new development swallowed most of the village.

Old wood house on the Nieuwendammerdijk

Detail of a house on the Nieuwendammerdijk
Detail of a house on the Nieuwendammerdijk

White wood house
This one with white paint

Nieuwendammerdijk in Amsterdam
In the back you can see the “Café ‘t Sluisje” next to the sluice

Sluice at Nieuwendammerdijk
The sluice looking towards the hinterland away from Amsterdam

Seating area of the village pub
Seating area of the village pub “Café ‘t Sluisje” next to the sluice. The pub house was built in 1565. There is a yacht harbour now in front of it with some new houses as well.

Dutch House
The Dutch are really different from the Germans. In Germany most of the people do not want you to look into their homes. Here most of the people do not care. This way you can even see the garden behind the house.

Village Pub
One of the two pubs in the street

Old wood house

No. 161

Even if you do not have a garden – some flowers must be possible

Tree construction
They do love their trees!

Random Art
Art in front of a house

Looking down the street
Looking down the street. You can see that some house have a stone wall at the front but wood on the side to keep the house light.

Butcher Shop
Must have been the butchers…


Augustinuskerk or St. Augustinus church
Of course the village had a church as well: Augustinuskerk or St. Augustinus church. There was an older church on the same ground. Build in 1798. In 1882 construction of the new and bigger church started. It was finished in 1889.

The tower of Augustinuskerk
The tower of Augustinuskerk

One of the old original houses next to a newer and bigger one

End of the street
Almost over – 2 more minutes and you would be back at the big street again

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