Had an amazing time sightseeing at Świdnica, Eddie’s home town. We selected five points of interest:
(1) the gothic church of Sts. Wenceslas and Stanislaus with a uniquely kneeling St. John Paul II next to it;
(2) the Evangelical Church of Peace, a UNESCO Heritage site, built from 1656–57 (we saw the other Church of Peace yesterday)–notice the wooden nails to fasten the timbers (no metal allowed) and we had a look at the neglected graves around the church–neglected because the Germans were expelled from the area;
(3) the town square where we enjoyed a great local beer;
(4) the Red Baron’s memorable sights, including where he lived, an unmarked memorial wall (with graffiti) and where he attended first grade (sadly, there’s no fuss made over anything–the Soviets apparently cleaned out his belongings when they left–yet Manfred von Richthofen, is the greatest ace fighter pilot who ever lived credited with 80 planes shot down; and
(5) lastly a life-size statue of someone sitting on the “throne” with his naked behind exposed–the statue to be found at the outskirts of the town in front of the sewage plant entrance.