Wroclaw, in a historic nutshell, was from the very beginning of its existence an object of desire. It's not surprising, thus, that throughout its past it was passed from hand to hand - from Czech to Polish to Hungarian, Austrian and German rule. The Walloons of Belgium settled here, alongside Jews, Italians and Ruthenians, their different nationalities, religions and cultures integrating with one another. The area of Wroclaw has always been regarded as the land that "lies in between." Over time, this became one of the city's greatest assets as it became Europe's gate, connecting the West with the East. The beautiful city, commonly regarded as the "Venice of Poland," abounds in monuments that tell the story of the area's long history, while its countless rivers and canals, and beautiful old town area offer a romantic tour. The local cuisine is also one rooted in the landscape and the history. The turbulent past of the Lower Silesian region contributed to the fusion of various cultures and the formation a unique blend of styles and traditions. The culinary landscape is influences by tastes of the Southeastern borderlands, Jewish, German, Czech, Balkan, Ukrainian and pre-war Polish tastes. It's no surprise that you can find some unique dishes on the local menu! The richness of the regions cuisine is also rooted in its local products. Fish from its rivers and lakes, honey, homemade breads, local beers, goat's cheeses, beef dishes and some of the finest wines in Poland are just a few of the products it can boast of! Aleksandra will explore all these aspects of Lower Silesia with a visit to Wroclaw, a river ride to one a charming riverside Tavern in Olawa and a visit to the Adoria Winery - one of Poland's the most up and coming wineries among the 400+ found in Poland today (owned and operated by a fellow American from California!).
Episode Duration: 26 minutes and 46 seconds
Episode Number: 108
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