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Throwback Thursday – Jelenia Gora And The Skull Chapel

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Jelenia Gora was our last stop in Poland, before spending our final week of our 2015 summer trip in Germany. Same procedure as usual: upon arrival, we looked for a place to eat and drink something. And we didn’t have to look far this time; opposite the apartment we rented was a restaurant and cocktail bar. Lars and I enjoyed…

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Jasna Gora

Throwback Thursday – Looking At The Black Madonna

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The Black Madonna of Czestochowa (in the south of Poland) had been on our bucket list for a long time; in the Summer of 2015, we would finally meet her. But first things first, after having arrived in Poland after a long drive Lars and I were hungry. And thirsty. We were indeed in desperate of a cold Polish beer,…

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The Przemyskie Foothills and the Sanocko-Turczanskie Mountains

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First of all, a happy 2015 for all our readers! Ingrid and I are ready for new trips, new experiences and new memories! The area mentioned in the title of this post is located near the town of Przemysl. It’s a vast area, which has to offer a bit of everything: nature, history, culture and architecture. Located not far from…

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Photo Essay – On the Way to Przemysl

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After Ingrid and I left Warsaw, we drove southeast, to a town called Lublin. I had been here once, and thought it was a good idea to stretch our legs in Lublin. Ingrid agreed. Lublin has about 350.000 inhabitants and is often called “little Krakow”. It does have a charming old town… … and lots of churches! Outside town is Majdanek,…

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One Side of Warsaw

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The tourist information office of Warsaw proposes various trails you can follow in the Polish capital. Ingrid and I chose the theme of “Warsaw Judaica”, with three trails. Here are our highlights. The ghetto of Warsaw When the Germans invaded Poland, they treated the Jews of Warsaw in the same way as in other cities. They put them in a…

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Warsaw

Falling in Love with Warsaw…

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… wasn’t easy. Vilnius, Riga and especially Tallinn had been small, compact and cozy. Now, we found ourselves in an enormous city with 1.7 million inhabitants and with motorways everywhere. Quite a difference! With all the roadworks going on, our GPS soon became disorientated and it took her 17 detours before we finally arrived in our hotel, a huge concrete…

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Highlights of the Masurian Lakes – Part 2

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Himmler’s Bunker/Hochwald I think this is the biggest discovery Ingrid and I have made this year… Himmler – chief of the Gestapo and the SS – had his own field headquarter, a small complex of bunkers, protected by mine-fields. It was built in 1941 and destroyed in 1945. Himmler’s bunker is the best preserved one. We actually found this thanks…

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