I awoke at 8:30 to see that Chris was not feeling too well. I said that we could eat breakfast up until 11:00. We fell asleep, blinked at 10:00, and woke thereafter at 11:15. I rushed to dress and head downstairs. The buffet was still open, so I made a plate for Chris. The waitor was nice enough to send a tray upstairs for sick Chris, while I ate downstairs and headed to the pharmacy. The walk outside was quaint, until I turned the corner to a magnificent main street with XV C (15th Century) buildings on either side, cafes lining both sides, and what felt like a flea market lot of vendors (cotton candy to amber jewelry). After 500m, I turned a block and found the pharmacy. A digital thermometer and fever medicine (found out later it was Tylenol with Codeine) for 18 zloty (~6 dollars). Chris opted for the last of our Extra Strength Tylenol, several glasses of water, and then he wanted to go. It was now around 1:00pm. We followed an adapted walking tour from this website, The Visitor
. We were already at point 10 but decided to trek to 1 and start again. The Wyżynna Gate was still under construction but much like the Isartor in Munich. Continuing on back to the gate and toward the hotel, we saw the Executioner's House and Prison Tower, now an Amber Museum.
Lots of stairs and piped screaming was wonderful prelude to our lunch. We diecided to venture out of the main drag to a pizza joint we had a coupon for (even though we forgot to use the coupon). We had a medium pizza ham, a beer, a coke, and 2 salads for around 16 dollars, not bad.
We saw a few more large old buildings (the tour was packed with them), we strolled Długa and Długi Targ streets, which I'd seen on the pharmacy route. Each building was marked by its differing gargoyle (or like kind) statues.
Main City Hall and Artur Court were closed, so I'll see them this week while Chris is at his conference. We did see quite the tourist photography at the monument to Neptune (wrought iron gate added in 1633 - ha, later, when our country still didn't exist).
At the end of the street was the most memorable for us under the Green Gate, a pair of accordionists playing Bach. It was so amazing that I purchased the CD.
The bridge across the Motława river finished our tour East as we travelled then North along the banks. I found a WC (toilet) that cost 2 zloty. Now on tour stop #11, The Crane, 5 ton capacity from 1400's with man-sized gerbel wheel.
Continuing along the water, we located the philharmonic hall
that is the center of the IHW (International Herpes Workshop - can't wait for the t-shirt). Getting colder with the wind and the cloudy skies, we headed back through the town, not main street, to the hotel. We happened upon a church (turned out to be #22, so what if we skipped 11 others - as I said, big old buildings, mostly churches). We peeked inside, noticed some photography, ventured in, and soon afterward service started. It is the largest cathedral in Poland.
The organ played a bit, and we quickly exited. Not much later we arrived back at the Raddison after Chris nearly had a run-in with a pigeon. Chris slept, I blogged, the sun set. We went downstairs to the bar for a burger and a drink at 10pm, our bodies still not adjusted. Chris went back to practice his talk now that with more Advil he was feeling better. I went downstairs to lounge around and blog some more. I hope today's recollection is worth the read.