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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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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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Highlights of the Masurian Lakes – Part 1

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The Masurian Lakes is a district in the northeast of Poland, containing more than 2000 interconnected lakes. It is a very popular area, not only because of its natural beauty, but also because of the many cultural, historical and religious places and buildings. The Wolf’s Lair is only one of them; take your time to explore this area. This is…

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Photo Essay – The Wolf’s Lair

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First of all, since Ingrid is seriously ill, I am taking over the website for the next 6 weeks. Three years ago, Ingrid and I saw the movie Valkyrie, based on the 20 July plot. During this event Colonel von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler in the Wolf’s Lair, one of Hitler’s most important military headquarters in the east of Europe.…

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