Sunday, 2 November 2014

Poznan to Riga

This was my second time in Poznan this year, except on this occasion cold winds weren't sweeping through the streets and the sun shone on the art nouveau facades. The venue for the show was Troche Kultury, a widely used space for experimental music. Bachorze ( ) was the other act on the bill, a local improv-trio who played an exciting mixture of prepared guitar, droning synth and baritone sax. Their blend of sounds tended more towards the harsher end of drone, with the synth underpinning frequent squalls from the sax or guitar, and occasionally rising higher in the mix, bubbling away with melodic series of bleeps.


Poznan City Centre

Art Nouveau Ghetto (above / below)

Following the advice of the Tourist Info office I went on a solo walking tour of a district that contained many art nouveau facades, that was away from the city center. Situated across the railway lines, this region of Poznan has not been cleaned and polished in the same way as the center. Unfortunately, my camera battery died half way through this jaunt, but I did manage to capture a couple of nice examples.

This was the last date of the trip, a twenty hour bus ride back to Riga loomed, broken only by an hour stop off at Vilnius bus station. Fortunately, the Globe bookshop in Prague had furnished me with some excellent reading material making the journey smoother.

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