One of my favourite pastimes is to look up. That is to say, we almost always look straight ahead when we walk, and in London, some of the best bits of our architectural heritage are actually above us.
So when I went to Wroclaw this week for a few days, I reminded myself that this beautiful, resurging town of Medieval origins probably had a lot to offer above the parapet!
Known as the Venice of Poland and built on a series of canals interspersed with small islands, Wroclaw suffered damage in WW11, as did much of Poland, but has more recently embraced its rich architectural and cultural heritage and embarked on an ambitious programme of sensitive and beautifully executed restoration.
The result is some stunning pockets of medieval and later buildings, rich in carved stonework, frescoes, gargoyles and soaring spires. From the central, picturesque town square, you can spend very pleasant hours walking across the numerous bridges, including the famous bridge of locks, along perfectly preserved cobbled streets and step back into what feels very much like medieval Europe.
The capital of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw is a gem of an unpretentious town that is rebuilding its glorious visual past. Definitely worth a couple of days to explore.