Time to get the mail

Time to get the mail

 Living now here in Bydgoszcz I am starting to take things for granted like the main post office here in town.  I drive past this building a couple of times a week and love it.  I also walk past it on the opposite side of the street because there is a small mall and part of the city hall which we lived at when we first couple months while we were applying for a resident visa to stay in Poland(fudge, the time is right around the corner again to reapply for our visas, UUGGHH!)  Anyways, there are 2 tram tracks and a major road separating the 2 sides so I never have walked on that side before.  Well a few nights ago I was meeting my husband and a new co-worker that just moved Bydgoszcz for dinner just down the block from the post office.  Since they were not there yet from work, I took the extra time to finally explore this unique building.

It is one of the oldest buildings here in town as it was built between 1883-1885.  I am so glad they were late a few minutes so I could finally walk around it and check out the inside.

Welcome to the Post Office.

Welcome to the Post Office.

This building is just a wee bit on the big side.

This building is just a wee bit on the big side.

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I love the roof line.

Love the metal window detail.

Love the metal window detail.

More detailed work.

More detailed work, the symbol of the postal system here in Poland.

The main doors.

The main doors.

The inside the lobby of the post office.

The inside the lobby of the post office. (NOTE: when taking sneaky pictures make sure your flash is off! I am not speaking from experience of course.)

When you see signs like this on buildings here in Poland that means it is some sort of government building.

When you see signs like this on buildings here in Poland that means it is some sort of government building.

Lots of stained glass.

Lots of stained glass.

This building had figures as well but I think there are few weeds that have grown in places that probably should not be!

This building had figures as well but I think there are few weeds that have grown in places that probably should not be!

I am so grateful that my husband got stuck at work for a few extra minutes so I could finally check out this building.  I have a few other buildings here in town that I need to check out as well, so I guess I need to start scheduling a few more dinner dates!

Are there any buildings where you live that you have always wanted to explore?  On my bucket list in Bydgoszcz is the court-house.

 

love kelley
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6 Responses to Time to get the mail

  1. Randy Wolfinger says:

    When I saw you guys on House Hunters International I could not believe it. I am a teacher in the burbs of DC whose wife , an electricsl engineer, is originally from Poland. We have a place in Bydgoszcz and I have spent two weeks or more there each summer for the last 20 years. I feel very much at home there but never met another American there until 2 years ago. I saw some American military personnel there this summer (we were there for 2 weeks in July after we spent ten days driving around Holland, which I remember you moved from, with friends from Poznan). I can tell you All about restaurants around Bydgoszcz and beat dat trips from there. Have you been to Chelmno? I bet you do know Torun. Anyway, glad there are more Americans in Bydgoszcz and hope you come to like it as I do, although I was not happy with all the roadwork this summer. Best. If you guys are there next summer it would be neat to meet. By the way I recognized all the places where the TV showed you looking for houses I think. Beata’s cousin lives near, I think, where your first choice was. By the way,too ad the house near the Philharmonic wasn’t done, huh! But I bet it STILL isn’t finished, lol. Best! Randy

    • Randy,

      Can the world get any smaller? Next time you make it back let me know!! Haven’t been to Chelmno but is on our list here in a couple of weeks. We were suppose to go for Valentine’s Day since it is the city of love but life just got in the way. As for the TV show, the house wasn’t finished still isn’t finish but to be honest it wasn’t even really an option for us because actually dear friends of mine own it and they are redoing it for themselves and it is the whole house which is like 7 bedrooms plus all the other rooms the house is HUGE. We had to use it in a emergency situation which you can read here…http://neveradulldayinpoland.com/behind-the-scenes-on-house-hunters-international-tv-show/

  2. Wes says:

    Good job; being born in Bydgoszcz, and living here since, I also like the GPO building (as well as some other). However, i am not sure if there still is a notice on the building forbidding any photography (or taking pictures). And you being American so freely and in detail gave testimony to the beauty of its architecture. It just proves that the times they are a-changing!
    Good luck in your writing,
    Wes

  3. Wes says:

    Hi, By GPO building I meant General POst Office BLDG, i.e. Poczta Główna in Polish.
    Perhaps they have given up such notices (a crossed-out camera), and they are no longer pinned to ‘militart’ or’strategic’ sites.
    W

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