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Wednesday morning was a walking tour of Krakow. It was one of those perfect fall days. The sun was shining and the weather was about 75 degrees with a slight breeze. We took a short bus ride through the streets of a very old part of Krakow. This is where all of the Jewish people lived before the war. It was also the most filmed area of Krakow for the movie, Schindler's List. Schindler's factory was just a short distance from where we were. We began our walking tour at Wawel (pronounced, Voval) Castle and Cathedral. Krakow is the city... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2009 at Patty and Dan's Polish Adventure 2009
As we left Auschwitz, we were a tired and somber group. It definitely took a lot out of everyone emotionally. We boarded our bus and headed towards Zakopane, a beautiful city situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. We stopped along the way at a lovely mansion that had been converted into a restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner and then drove another two hours before finally reaching our hotel in Zakopane. It was already 10:30 an night, so we went right to our room to go to sleep. Dan looked out the window as he shut the drapes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2009 at Patty and Dan's Polish Adventure 2009
We traveled for about two hours through the beautiful countryside of southern Poland, thoroughly enjoying the view. As we entered the charming little village of Birkenau, suddenly there it was. Such an ugly contrast to the beauty we had been enjoying. Birkenau was the site of Auschwitz II. It was sobering to see the long stretches of electric fences, strung with barbed wire as an extra precaution. The imposing fences contained over 300 buildings, some brick, but mostly wooden structures that had once served as field stables for 52 horses, During the war they were used to accommodate up to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2009 at Patty and Dan's Polish Adventure 2009
Dzien Dobry! (jyen dobri) means Good Morning or hello. First, let me finish where I left off...we did have a fabulous dinner on Sunday night. When we arrived at the restaurant, we had a table for twelve. In fact, we were the only customers in the restaurant for the entire evening. It felt like we had our own beautiful, private dining room. In the US, if you were the only customers in a restaurant, it would feel like you picked a bad place, but in Europe and many other places, it doesn't seem to be an indicator. Anyway, our food... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at Patty and Dan's Polish Adventure 2009
We began our day at 9am this morning. Our first stop was Lazienki Park. This is a very large and beautiful park in the city. Within the park is a wonderful rose garden with hundreds of red rose bushes and in front of the roses is a heart-shaped pond and an enormous bronze sculpture of Frederic Chopin. Polish people are very proud to be able to claim Chopin as one of their own. Our many stops today included the tomb of the unknown soldier, and the monument of the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Each stop provided a difficult history... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2009 at Patty and Dan's Polish Adventure 2009
We arrived in Poland yesterday morning after a 9 1/2 hour flight. There are twelve people in our party, all cousins and all Polish! Even though our plane was a Boeing 767, which is like an old DC10, the seats were unbelievable close. Dan and I had to sit a little sideways because our legs didn't fit. You can imagine how great we felt at the end of the flight. At the airport, we were met by a van and taken to our hotel. We all checked in and then, even though it was 10:30 am in Warsaw and 3:30am... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2009 at Patty and Dan's Polish Adventure 2009
Today I am attempting to pack for my upcoming trip to Poland. Because Dan is completely entralled with the website onebag.com, I am challenged to organize my belongings and make sure they fit in only one bag! My skin care, cosmetics etc. would ordinarily take up one bag. I have read the site and I am supposed to choose a basic color theme, like black or gray. Then add a few shirts, a sweater or jacket etc. This task has made me realize that I am not a very effecient shopper. I have a lot of brown shirts and gray... Continue reading