What’s your unique travel style? – Travelling my way in Poznan

FYI guys – This post was sponsored by Nectar as part of their #MakesMeMe campaign but all words and thoughts are my own.

Do you have a particular style of travel? Something you have to do in every place you visit? What makes your travel style unique?

I love to travel, I think that is pretty obvious, but there is a HUGE variety of places to visit, things to try and styles of travel out there and not everything is for everyone.

Some people won’t leave home unless it is to stay in a fancy 5* hotel, others would always choose wild camping or backpacking over luxury. Many people love to visit all the museums they can when in a new town, where as others might prefer an adventure activity or day filled with coffee shops and talking to the locals.

What’s your idea of perfect travelling? Do you have something that you do in every new place you visit?

Poznan architecture

For me the best bit of travelling is the actual physical act of travel. Be it the plane journey to a new destination, a train ride between cities or a crazy bus ride in India … of which I have had many! I am never happier than when looking out a window en route to a new adventure. There is something about the anticipation and excitement for what a new location might bring. New people, new foods, new experiences.

Poznan

Malta Lake, Poznan

flowers in Poznan

If there is something I would love to do in every place I visit it would be cycle. I am not a keen cycler at home, I don’t even own a bike, but it is fast becoming a ‘thing’ that I do when travelling. Hiring a bike and cycling around a new city to explore is a great way to see a place in a day. I always had a bike as a child but roads in London terrified me and so my cycling days slowly dwindled. However visiting Denmark brought back my love of cycling, as Denmark is possibly the world’s capital for cycling culture. Everyone rides a bike in Copenhagen and the city’s infrastructure is built to help everyone ride a bike. Cycling around Copenhagen for the Scavenger Hunt I took part in was the perfect way to tick things off my list of what to do, whilst seeing everything in between. Passing by locals, cycling through parks and stopping at ‘off the beaten path’ quirky cafes.

Poznan cycling

Poznan cycling

Cycling culture in Poznan

When visiting Poznan last weekend as part of my adventures with RoomAuction I was given a ‘free ride’ to do whatever I wanted with my time in the city, to explore it my way. I chose to ride!

I was blessed with my first proper spring day of the year whilst in Poznan. A balmy 17 degrees, it was positively glorious. A perfect day to cycle, my way, around the city. I had met with Wojciech (voy-check) the night before for a delicious modern twist on traditional Polish food, including soup two ways and duck pierogi, washed down with some Miod (meed) at Dragon bar. Wojciech offered some top advice for where I should visit on a sunny Sunday and with a bike I just about covered it all.

The Puro Hotel where I was staying offered free hire of their cute basket bikes, so as soon as I woke up I was ready to go.

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Poznan Bridge

My first stop was the island, a cute part of Poznan just out of the city centre with modern cafes and old architecture. It felt more like I expected Poland to look, with traditional wrought iron balconies on concrete high rises, which are surprisingly beautiful. Travelling across the bridges I found my way to Malta Lake. Everyone was out enjoying the first days of Spring, the sun glistened off the lake as children played, youngsters went running and old folk marched on by with their walking sticks.

Malta Lake (Malański) is only a short walk or cycle from the city centre and is clearly a hub for both locals and tourists to gather whatever the weather. On the north side is a small water park, a spa and the rowing club and on the south an all year round ski slope, kids play area and zipline fun course. There is certainly plenty to do. I stopped by the Sailing Club for an early lunch (cycling is tiring!), before heading on my way to what else I could explore.

Poznan boat club

Poznan cycling

Poznan cycling

Poznan cycling

Poznan’s Old Town is set in a circle in the middle of the city, where once a wall was marking the city limits there is now just a circular road that surrounds the Old Town. I cycled around the South side of the city heading to the student area on the West to seek out the world’s best latte artist. The Brisman Cafe didn’t look like much from the outside, but inside the two friendly gentleman serving were happy to try out their latte art (on a hot chocolate because I don’t drink coffee :/) for me and even tempted me with a piece of mouthwatering chocolate cake.

Brisman coffee, Poznan

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Brisman coffee, Poznan

After my fill of double chocolate I hopped back on my bike to work off a few calories as I headed back into the Old Town. The architecture astounds me each time I set eyes on the brightly coloured buildings in the square. So much of Poland’s cities were destroyed in World War Two. In many cities as much as 90% of a city was knocked down by bombs. Not wanting to be defeated they decided to rebuild the city back to its former glory which is why today we get to see the old Poland as it was before the war. Magnificent, colourful and standing tall.

Poznan Old Town

Poznan goats in the Old Town

Poznan is a perfect city to enjoy by bike. It is flat, the streets are reasonably bike friendly and there is definitely less traffic than I am used to in London. They have a few bike lanes in the city, but I am certain this will only increase as Poznan’s government realises how its cycling culture is massively on the rise.

what is your unique travel style?

So tell me how do you travel in a new city or country?

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Comments

  1. says

    I used to be such a cyclist when I lived with my parents (actually I used to cycle pretty much every day but maybe that’s because I had more time and the roads were definitely more safer than in London!) but the only cycling I’ve done whilst travelling was in Amsterdam. I thought it would be super scary (um, and it was a little bit, in the city) but as soon as we got our into the countryside it was the BEST, and I realised how much I missed it. Looks like you had a beautiful day of cycling, Jen. I think I might look into more cycling tours when I go away next :)

    • Jen Lowthrop says

      Yay cycling is such a great way to see a place. It’s faster than walking but you don’t miss things like you do on public transport. I’m thinking about getting a bike at home, but I think there might be a few too many hills! :/

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