Walked the short distance of 6 km from the Bożkowice Wroclaw University Retreat Centers to Zlotniki (gold workers), so named because of the gold mines that existed in the vicinity. We then took a bus to the spa town of Świeradów-Zdrój, a favorite town of Eddie’s, mainly because of the beautiful views from the nearby mountain.
But when we arrived and tried to look for lodging, we soon discovered it was very pricey and nearly zero availability, unless you went some 10 miles away. We felt bummed about that and the downpour that we barely avoided by having lunch under a large umbrella. Eddie checked in with the Local Information Office and located a cute room at a private residence for $15 for both of us!
The rain hasn’t let up, so we postponed our gondola ride until the morning after which we’ll head to Luban by bus (we already walked all except 1.5 km to Luban when we veered south to Olszyna).
Some interesting tidbits on the way to Świeradów-Zdrój: old German farming implements the Germans abandoned when they were ordered to leave Silesia at the end of WW II; Patton’s Army apparently had pushed as far as Orlowice here in Poland (wow); and in Giebułtów a monk who was dispensing sins yet to be committed apparently helped trigger Luther’s Reformation (I have no reference, except Eddie!).
When we first arrived here, we filled our bottles with their famous spring water laden with curative powers. I’ve also included some shots of the main street and their huge hotel.