If you remember a few posts ago I talked about The Anonymous Passers-by and my visit to Wroclaw in Silesia, Poland. And for no reason other than Wroclaw is a lovely place, here are some more photos from my Wroclaw visit. One of the most popular attractions in Wroclaw are the gnomes (or ‘krasnale’). They are dotted everywhere and some are far harder to to find than others. We only found a few but looking for the gnomes was a great way to discover Wroclaw. Do you know of any other city which has an attraction like this?
Should you be lucky enough to go to Wroclaw (pronounced something like Vrods-wav), check out the brilliant “Wroclaw In Your Pocket City Guide”. It’s online and free and excellent. Here’s what the Wroclaw In Your Pocket people say about the gnomes:
“Although it sounds like little more than a twee tourist gimmick, gnomes have long held a place in Polish folklore, and their current iconic incarnation as symbols of Wrocław actually has a direct correlation to the political climate of the 1980s. Under communism gnomes became the absurdist calling card of the ‘Orange Alternative’ movement – an underground protest movement that used absurdity and nonsense to stage peaceful, yet subversive protests…” To read more follow the link above.