Katowice – You are a beauty!

The train finally arrived at 23h50 as scheduled and we got on and made our way to Katowice the last city in Poland where we will be taking a connecting train to Czech Republic. We shared a carriage with some young couple who spoke a little bit of English and after establishing our destinations (small talk), we “reclined” our seats to sleep as much as one can sleep in these trains.

Arrived in the early hours of the morning, 06h10 and the plan was to immediately take the next train during the morning still, as we saw on our printed schedule there is one. Well, it looks like we missed it by few minutes. That meant we can only take one in the afternoon, and at least we got to explore thcity which didn’t look promising at all at first.

Katowice Train Station

But in the meantime, we needed to wait for places to open. Luckily there was a nice franchised coffee shop at the station which was open and the great smell of freshly brewed coffee was an absolute joy. We found ourselves a cosy place to sit and enjoyed the coffee – that was the best latte I’ve drank in a long time. Hubby decided to snooze for a while and me engaged in what I love best – people watching. People are fascinating and interesting creatures and whenever an opportunity arises I grab it.

One of the many monuments

This city turned out to be a real beauty, first of we thought it was just a small town but we quickly discovered that it’s massive. In fact, it is one of the biggest cities in the EU. Just loved the way the cosy shops are situated – on the lower ground with apartments on top floors, it’s got that intimate charm of a small town. Really beautiful small parks here and there, in the middle of the city. People taking a break and just sitting, watching activities of the day, reading a newspaper, having a sandwich or walking the dog.

 

The Cathedral

We used the opportunity to buy souvenirs and collected everything we needed that will remind us of Poland. We found the post office to send postcards to friends and family. Indulged ourselves with lunch and headed back to the station just in time for our departure. 

That should have been the end of the Polish story but NO, the train didn’t budge at 14h00 as scheduled. It is possible that there was an announcement or notification but as we don’t understand nor able to read the language, we will never know.

 

So, we double checked with the sales clerk about the next one which was at about an hour later and actually found out that we needed to reserve our seats on this one at an additional cost, which was now charged in euros…Huh! We crossed fingers that it actually was running and, yes it arrived exactly on time and looking better than before.

Leaving Poland

On board we experienced for the first time in our trip the really first class service. Ticket officers here spoke English, there was a restaurant on board and meals and/or drinks could be brought to your compartment at your request. After the formalities of checking tickets, we immediately moved to the restaurant to enjoy some chilled beers, which we could even pay in euros. Aah! we realised that the final destination of the train is Wien, Austria that is why it’s so efficient. It’s now dealing with clients across the border and thus probably stepping up to meet the standards of other countries.

We had an awesome journey as we descended south to enter Czech from Bohumin town.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. adinparadise says:

    That train does look very smart and clean. Glad you had a bit of luxury. Where do you find room to stash souvenirs when you’re backpacking? 😉

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      We won’t buy expensive souvenirs (well Eastern Europe is very reasonable) so we can post them by mail and find them waiting for us when we get back home.

  2. Intercity are really good trains in eastern european countries 🙂 Glad you had positive experience and thumbs up for the patience to cross Poland in few days 🙂 Enjoy Czech Republic, I’ll be definitely following those posts to check what you think about it 🙂 Prague’s the best 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Intercity trains are really good, I would highly recommend them. By the way, we did trip in summer last year – I’m now reliving the memories:-). Keep tuned for the next episodes:-). Thanks for following…

  3. Ruth2Day says:

    you are really introducing me to places/countries that I had never thought of travelling to before. Lovely journey you’re taking us on 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks for following Ruth. There’s so much to see and marvel at in the Eastern Europe alone, we still want to go back to visit other countries there. It’s a matter of time and money, of course:-)

  4. It looks and sounds like an absolutely fabulous trip Cocoa 🙂
    *hugs*

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      It was fabulous Hope, that’s why I’m reliving the memories:-)

  5. optie says:

    Looking forward to your next instalment 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks Optie for following:-)

  6. footsy2 says:

    It does look so clean and neat and tidy. What a pleasure.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Yes it is, and beautiful:-)

  7. Gilly Gee says:

    I have a Polish friend at work and from hearing her talk about home I’m developing a desire to visit, thanks for your posts 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      It’s a pleasure Gilly, I’m glad you enjoyed the posts. Hope you do visit one day, Poland is lovely and people are so friendly and helpful. You’ll enjoy it.

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