Klezmer band called ‘Muzykant’ in Praga

August 5, 2018 This band played in our neighborhood last night.  I would call their music Klezmer, although I do not know what they call it.  Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe dating to the Renaissance.   We do not possess musical notation of the earliest forms, however when Jewish musicians came to … Read moreKlezmer band called ‘Muzykant’ in Praga

Klezmer on the streets of Warsaw

August 4, 2018 on our street in  the Praga district of Warsaw      

The Royal Castle in Warsaw

The Royal Castle served as the official residence of the King of Poland starting with Segismundo starting in the 16th c, before that serving a ducal palace since the tower was built in the 14th c.  The lower part of the tower still stands.  The Nazis destroyed the rest subsequent to the uprising of 1944.   Segismundo was … Read moreThe Royal Castle in Warsaw

WW2 in Warsaw

July 30, 2018 Today we took our 3rd walking tour of Warsaw. In the first we went to various locations in the Stare Miasto, Old Town. The second was about Communist Warsaw, led by a woman who grew up during that era.  She had to stand in line for everything,  and witnessed the suppression and … Read moreWW2 in Warsaw

Wroclaw: Complex history, rich culture

July 2018 The train carried us for a bit over two hours in a full six person compartment, my 20 kilo suitcase perched precariously above our heads.  We are going from Poznan to Wroclaw.  Wroclaw has a complex history.  It was born in Poland, later controlled by the kingdoms of Bohemia, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire,  Prussia. and  Nazi Germany.  … Read moreWroclaw: Complex history, rich culture

Poland’s Enigma in WW2

We ran across the sculpture and exhibit concerning the breaking of the German Enigma code while walking in the downtown area of Poznan.    I’d heard both that the Polish a Brits broke the enigma code.  There is an excellent movie called “The Imitation Game” about Alan Turing, (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing )  In late 1932 Marian Rejewski broke … Read morePoland’s Enigma in WW2

Churches of Poznan

There are three outstanding churches in Poznan.  The most important and oldest is not the most beautiful although in its setting it is quite charming.  The other two rank as among the best Baroque churches anywhere, which I say having been in all of the great ones in Rome, Palermo and elsewhere in Italy.  I … Read moreChurches of Poznan

Murals in Poznan

Poznan has some excellent murals.  The largest and most fabulous is in the  Śródka district, one of the oldest towns in Poland, now a district of Poznan near Cathedral Island.   ul. Kantaka 8/9,  Created by Italian street artist Blu, who has also painted murals in Wrocław, Gdańsk, and Kraków

Strolling Torun

Torun is small and thus easy to walk.  It is full of remarkable architecture, with many restaurants, bars and cafes to add to your enjoyment.   The buildings range from the brick structures daring from the 14th century Teutonic Knights to the Gothic to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.   The town was not damaged in WW2, so … Read moreStrolling Torun

It’s impolite to stair!

It is impolite to stair! Our place for a few days in Torun. It’s two flights up, a piece of cake for us without baggage, a puffer with my 20 kilos. The exterior and staircase both need renovation, but the flat is beautifully done with some odd things left out, such as towel racks, soap … Read moreIt’s impolite to stair!

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