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Wieliczka's 'Sodium City': More than a Grain of Salt

Saturday, 12 Mar 2016 | Views [344]

Before coming to Wieliczka in Southern Poland, my idea of what it might be like in a salt mine was informed largely by Hollywood and the Cold War. Hollywood - didn't Ben-Hur (AKA Chuck Heston) start his working life in the service of the Roman Emperor ... Read more >

Tags: medieval salt mine

Photos: Scopophile

Saturday, 16 Jan 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Kraków: The Auschwitz Experience, Proof of Evil

Saturday, 16 Jan 2016 | Views [512]

Whilst I was anticipating my upcoming trip to Poland with much relish, and to Eastern Europe as a whole, the prospect of visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau site wasn't one I was looking forward to. I wasn't at all keen on visiting the former Nazi ... Read more >

Tags: historic site, wartime concentration camp

Photos: Apodysophilia

Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Kraków: Enamel Factory of Memory and a Survivors' Arc

Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | Views [312]

From the street it still looks like what it was in 1945, a small factory in an out-of-the-way industrial part of South Kraków. Inside Oskar Schlinder's "Factory of Enamelled Vessels" ( Fabryka Schindlera ), it is more than a tribute to the heroic ... Read more >

Tags: jewish life under occupation

Photos: Agastopia

Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Kraków: Charming Old Town, Massive Square

Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016 | Views [479]

The road that goes south from St Florian's Gate ( Brama Floriańska ) to the main plaza and then east through Ul. Grodzka to Wawel Palace bisects the historic centre of Kraców. In monarchical times in Poland this was the "Royal Road" ( Via Regia ... Read more >

Tags: cloth hall, old town, palace

Częstochowa: Noir Lady Madonna & a Drove of Pilgrims

Friday, 1 Jan 2016 | Views [398]

The town of Częstochowa is situated in southern Poland, in the Silesian region. Jasnogórski (Pol = "Bright Hill" or "Bright Mount") is a Pauline monastery, a shrine to the Virgin Mary which Catholic pilgrims flock to (the collective noun for ... Read more >

Tags: religious tourism

Warsaw: Where Everything Old gets Recycled, even Old 1970s Rock and Roll Bands

Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | Views [333]

Rynek  Starego Miasta, the Old Town Market Place, is the historic hub of the city. The square is over 700 years old, dating from more or less when Warsaw was first founded. It's a great spot to eat at the many restaurants in the open square (or ... Read more >

Tags: city wall, entertainment and youth culture

Photos: Gymnogynomania

Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Warsaw: Exploring Jerusalem, the New World and the King's Muzeum

Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | Views [411]

If  you walk east from Warsawa Centralna on Al. Jerozolimskie you will eventually reach Rondo Charles De Gaulle (monument to De Gaulle). The rondo is easy to spot, in the middle is the only (artificial) palm tree in the city! Turn left here and ... Read more >

Tags: city tour, museums

Warsaw: Pounding the Tourist Beat with Pse

Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | Views [414]

If you take a walking tour of Warsaw with friendly local legend Pse, it's just like being there ... and feeling like  you are a local, such is the insight into the city he energetically imparts! More than a vicarious experience! I did three 'Psexceptional' ... Read more >

Tags: jewish quarter, new town, old town



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