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Poland

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Gnomes of Wrocław

Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | Views [1780]

What does one do in Wrocław on a cold and rainy All Saints Day when nearly everything is closed?  Why search for gnomes, of course!  They aren’t hard to find once you get the hang of it, even easier today in the deserted square. ... Read more >


Through Polish Eyes

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | Views [815]

Muskauer Park straddles the Poland/Germany border at the town of Łęknica and it is really out of the way, unless you are determined to visit each of the World Heritage sites in Poland.  The Park is the brainchild of Prince Hermann von Pückler-... Read more >


Peace Churches of Silesia

Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | Views [829]

One thing just leads to another . . . and another.  Take, for instance, the World Heritage “Peace Churches” of Swidnica and Jawor in the part of Poland known as Silesia.  The Thirty Years' War in Europe ended in 1648 with the ... Read more >


Photos: Silesia

Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Auschwitz

Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | Views [2381]

The overnight snow turned the countryside into a winter wonderland but even a blizzard couldn’t disguise the horror of Auschwitz.  It was – and shall remain always – a bit of hell on earth.  No one should desire to visit Auschwitz.... Read more >


Photos: Auschwitz

Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Krakow, Part Two

Saturday, 27 Oct 2012 | Views [1547]

But wait!  We returned to Krakow today, a cold and rainy day, and guess what?  It was a totally different city.  The rain kept the tour groups at bay and the city seemed to glow.  We walked many of the same streets and saw new things.... Read more >


Pass the Salt

Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | Views [736]

More precious than gold, salt has been a critical element of civilization.  It has been used as currency and coinage – the word “salary” has the same root as “salt.”  The Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town where ... Read more >


Photos: Krakow

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Krakow, the Soul of Poland

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | Views [1228]

To appreciate Poland you must understand Krakow, its soul and the one-time capital.  And it helps to be Catholic. In fact, the ability to speak Polish and the  Catholic faith are the bond between Poles, whether they live in Warsaw or London ... Read more >


Zakopane and Chocholow

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | Views [1629]

Zakopane is a ski town in the Tatra range of the Carpathian Mountains.  Unlike many other ski towns with their "faux Tyrolean" architecture, Zakopane has its own.  Zakopane style was pioneered by Stanislaw Witkiewicz who took his inspriation ... Read more >


Wooden Churches of "Lesser" Poland

Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | Views [1576]

Most ancient churches were built to last, eternal monuments to both their benefactor and his god.  In Poland, where granite and marble weren't available, ancient churches were made of brick.  And in places where brick wasn't an option, they ... Read more >


Zamość and Sandomierz

Sunday, 21 Oct 2012 | Views [2163]

Zamość is a World Heritage site. Sandomierz is not.  Zamość has existed pretty much unchanges since the 16th Century.  Sandomierz has been sliding downhill literally!  The sun was shining on Zamość.  Sandomierz was cloaked in ... Read more >


'Shrooms

Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | Views [1176]

If we stopped for every photo opportunity we would never get anywhere!  In that respect, Poland reminds us a bit of Romania, one of our favorite countries.  Old farm houses and old ladies, interesting churches and auturmn trees - the choices ... Read more >


Bialowieza National Park

Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | Views [1658]

It's a long drive from Toruń to Hajnowka and Bialowieza National Park but a gorgeous fall day like yesterday was the perfect day for it.  The maple trees glowed  amber with a carpet of fallen gold beneath.  The oaks and beech ... Read more >


Photos: In the Country: Warsaw to Krackow

Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Toruń

Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | Views [1169]

We left Warsaw in the rain after visiting the Chopin Museum and took a long, dreary drive north to Torun.  Getting out of Warsaw isn't as easy as it sounds but once on the road things went smoothly.  It's odd being behind the wheel again after ... Read more >


Frederic Chopin and the Chopin Museum

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | Views [1186]

When it comes to classical music, my tastes run towards full symphony orchestras complete with strings, winds and brass.  Or for a change of pace, a string quartet. So I didn't know much about the life or music of Frederic Chopin.  If the piano ... Read more >


"To the Barricades!" The Warsaw Rising Museum

Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | Views [1215]

Poland was the first country attacked by Nazi forces, September 1, 1939.  five years later - five years of depravation and domination during which they watched their Jewish neighbors being shipped to Treblinka - the residents of Warsaw fought back.... Read more >


Old Town, New Town

Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | Views [1676]

We changed hotels and were exploring Warsaw's empty streets before 9 AM.  Ther is something special about old European cities on Sunday mornings.  The squares and plazas will be packed later but for now only a few regulars sit at the cafe tables ... Read more >


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