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Old 13-05-2020, 12:54 PM   #26
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Crossing Western Poland


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Running out of time and curiosity to follow the Polish coast further east towards the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (former German Koenigsberg) we aimed for the historically significant Oder and Neisse rivers junction near the German border again, die Oder river marking today's border for about 150km or so.

Didn't expect to find the sole North-Polish ski-resort of Koscalkowo barely 50km from the Baltic seaboard though...and amidst a rolling but mainly featureless landscape packed with the waterways and lakes of the Radunia river, the "red string" of the far-flung Kashubian Outdoors and Holiday areas (mainly local tourism).




















Thanks god for Google Translate, that pizza-menu is a handful with all those "c","z" and "s" in a row...





Stumped!!

With another couple having stayed overnight, this is breakfast-for-4
Oh...I missed the sweet-selection in that shot...





Needed a walk after that...






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Old 13-05-2020, 12:54 PM   #27
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Drifting further west through small towns, taking the backroads towards the German border and the Oder River




























The small village of Trzebiechˇw holds another surprise, as we find out after following this local van for a little while...





What a place !!







Taking the bed upstairs?


























Oh....and the breakfast?

Wanna check out the bill for this little caper?

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Ruegen Island...the East

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A historic blue-blood country estate, now converted to up-market holiday flats











The old seaside health resort of Binz










...while the countryside offers some excellent gravel roads!










The old Ruegen-Bridge offers another engineering marvel....an electrified rail and road flip-bridge in constant daily use.


While "up" to allow boats and ferries into the shallows....






...it's bloody neat how all the bits fit when the bridge gets lowered.
That overhead centenary linkup is trick.









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Old 20-05-2020, 04:43 PM   #29
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Rivers, Wars and Borders...Oder-Neisse

Most likely THE most crucial border for Germany over the last few centuries, the Oder and Neisse rivers have always constituted a somewhat natural border line as they run nearly straight south-to-north into the Baltic Sea. The Neisse river is a long but small river without trade or shipping originating in the Czech Republic and flows into Germany at the 3-country-corner at Zittau.
A few hundred kilometers to the north it flows into the Oder river, which leaves Poland and tacks north at Kosarzyn and flows north into the Szczecin Lagoon / Stettiner Haff before entering the Baltic Sea.





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oder%E2%80%93Neisse_line


We followed the Oder/Odra river for its last 90km in Poland and tried to find the confluence of the Neisse.
Then follow the Oder-border north towards Stralsund for a little, for a quick peek at Eisenhuettenstadt (of Tom Hanks Travel fame)
....and Germany's second Frankfurt





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Barely an hour later, the little ferry across the Oder at Brody/ Poland






Part of the Polish road-system...no charge, smiles only
















The old pre-war bridge at Krosno Odrzańskie (fmr. German Crossen/ Oder) a neat little rivertown mostly living of the river-tourism nowadays.



















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Old 24-05-2020, 04:26 PM   #30
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A quick Gmap shows it best...





....the near-deserted lakeside resort Nad Borkiem at the bottom edge of the map





the small village of Kosarzyn and the river-meadows and flood-dam of the Oder river as well as the Neisse river confluence, with the German-Polish border following the center of each river.

Following the footpath along the Polish Neisse bank out to the spit...










After all the stories, the press articles, the historic references in books and school texts, the place somewhat feels like a major let-down.

This is IT?

The Communists, the Nazis, the Bolsheviks, industry, money and political power, the military, the war, decades of blood and misery, war and oppression...and that's it?

Sitting at the spit watching the water join and flow north, the disappointment and hollowness slowly vanish.

In the end all the idiocy DID stop and things came to an end!

It's peaceful now, the rivers keep washing the wounds.





It's a quiet stroll back to base....






Back on the road the next morning there's an endless string of tiny towns and villages along the German banks of the Oder, many sprouting small docks, a rack of dinghys, some overgrown soccergrounds or a waterfront "Pub and Dancehall" straight out of the mid-18hundreds.








Let's treadle a bit harder then for tonight's bed...see ya in 30k's.


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