Started by Maciek, May 02, 2007, 02:51:23 PM
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Quote from: MrOsa on May 03, 2007, 03:55:43 AMWell, looks like you're in for quite a cultural shock (the wedding party, I mean)... And if the music is going to be anything like the typical Polish wedding party fare - brace yourself! BTW, that's pretty eccentric - going all that long way only to stay a few days in Bydgoszcz and then straight to Budapest. Not that I have anything against Bydgoszcz, or Budapest for that matter - both lovely cities and all (and probably good idea to humor your son's future in-laws too ). But, you know, I wouldn't place Bydgoszcz on the top 20 Polish towns to visit.
Quote from: knight on May 03, 2007, 09:10:38 AMI have long had the salt mine on my list of places I NEED to visit.....my appetite is whetted.
Quote from: MrOsa on May 03, 2007, 09:15:05 AM(Actually, you're confusing Oswiecim and Auschwitz. Those are two different places. The Auschwitz camp was next to Oswiecim.)
Quote from: carlos on May 03, 2007, 08:07:52 AMMaybe you should visit this place also,named Oswiecim.This happen there in May-June 1944. To the right,slavelabor; to left, gas chambers.
Quote from: knight on May 03, 2007, 09:10:38 AMMaciek, What stunning photos....all in the best light and weather conditions.
Quote from: knight on May 03, 2007, 09:10:38 AMI have long had the salt mine on my list of places I NEED to visit.....my appetite is whetted. This summer we are bound for Finland and Estonia.
QuoteJane wants her Venice fix in the autumn, a friend has asked me to Barcelona next March then Jordan to see Petra in April....all I need is money, good health and to lock my son into a cupboard each time we leave on holiday. Not much to ask really.
Quote from: Don on May 03, 2007, 09:28:26 AMWell, Bydgoszcz is where the wedding takes place, so that's where I'll be. Nothing eccentric going on here. We have a tour that starts in Prague and ends in Rome. There are just six days between the wedding and tour. We wanted to spend that time in Vienna, but it didn't work out. Budapest was our second choice, and we'll get to Prague a couple of days early to see the sights.
Quote from: Choo Choo on May 03, 2007, 09:31:28 AMMaciek, thanks for posting those fabulous pictures.
QuoteI was already planning a side-trip to Cracow on my next C.Europe jaunt. Now I'm thinking I should spend longer & venture further North.(And yes, I was planning to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. But visiting Dachau - grim though it is - didn't lessen my love for Munich.)
Quote from: rubio on May 03, 2007, 10:06:30 AMThere are many beautiful places in Poland, and I usually go there a couple of times per year as my wife is Polish. Most of the times I only go to Cracow (where she is from).Last year I also attended a Polish-American wedding in Cracow. It was really some of the most extravagant things I have been to. It lasted for 2 days, and it was a real feast of food and drink. The wedding itself took place in the very beautiful St. Marys church in Cracow, and after the ceremony several people in Polish folkloric costumes threw flowers at the couple. Then there was a parade through the city with jugglers and so on. Many people were standing in the street and watching this parade. It ended in the Arqueological musem next to the castle where the was a reception, party, entertainment and a MASSIVE dinner.The day after they had something like a poolside barbecue with dancing in their property close to Czestochowa (Alexandria). It looked like what I see in an American movie (hanging around the pool ). As the father owns a butchery there were a lot of excellent steaks and sausages. That wedding was really an experience.
QuoteThere are many nice places in Poland. I especially love Zakopane due to the nature/mountaineous surroundings, and Krakow as it is the only major city unharmed by the war (with a lot of historical buildings and sites). Wroclaw is also a very nice city as well as Gdansk. Warsaw is the big city that was severely damaged by the war, and it really is amazing to see how the old town has been rebuilt. The cultural palace next to the railway station is a fascinating building (the George Orwell like Russian gift). I can highly recommend a visit to Poland.
Quote from: MrOsa on May 03, 2007, 01:08:30 PMThanks for those impressions. Actually Cracow was bombarded a tiny little bit... by the Red Army. Gdansk is a town that was left more or less unharmed by the Germans. But then the Russians came in and (after German capitulation!) destroyed about 80% of the historical part... Thankfully, many of the smaller towns of great historical significance (Zamosc, for instance) came out of the war relatively unharmed.I like Zakopane very much too. But I love Bieszczady (another mountainous region) even more.Maciek
Quote from: rubio on May 03, 2007, 01:37:43 PMI think our next longer trip to Poland will be to the Eastern part including Zamosc and maybe Lublin. I would also like to go to the large forest region in the North East with the bisons (I don't remember the name right now).
QuoteThis has to be combined with a visit to Lvov. I find it amazing to have learnt that the German population of Wroclaw was replaced by the Polish population of Lvov after the war. Stalin was totally crazy at that time. I was also surprised to find out that Wroclaw (festung Breslau) fell 1 month (?) after Berlin. The Germans staying there must have been incredibly fanatic .
QuoteBieszczady, is that the mountain range closer to Nowy Targ (w/Dunajec)? Do you have any nice villages/places to recommend visiting in this region?
Quote from: MrOsa on May 03, 2007, 02:43:51 PMThere are these unbelievable, gigantic green meadows ("połoniny").
Quote from: MrOsa on May 03, 2007, 02:43:51 PMThere's a Fransciscan monastery there and they keep a "Dom Pielgrzyma" (Pilgrim's House) which is a sort of hotel actually. The standard was really decent, and it was extremely cheap.
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