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blog Blog 2016 Poland

The Gates of Gdansk

Gdansk has numerous impressive gates allowing entrance into the old town.  The first two you see here are about 50 meters apart, in between there is another old structure that houses the amber museum, amber having been a major trade item in earlier times.  Golden Gate The Golden Gate in the style of Dutch Mannerism […]

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blog Blog 2018 Poland

G’day from Gdansk, 2018 version

  G’day from Gdansk, on the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.  From here Lech Wałęsa led the dock workers union Solidarity on strikes and other actions that set in motion the downfall of the Soviet Union. It has been important in other eras, such as the 1700’s, when it too, like Krakow, was a member […]

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blog Blog 2018 Poland

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

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blog Blog 2018 Poland

Solidarity Forever

June 28, 2018 Yesterday we took a walking tour offered by the tourist bureau.  There are two, and we chose the Solidarity tour, which covers the period starting in 1945.  She made no comments about the present disturbing situation in Poland, although it was clear she is not a supporter of the current authoritarians in […]

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Czech Republic to Poland 7/98

Poland 07/01/1998 07/02/1998 Best restaurant in Poland 07/03/1998 Wieliczka Salt Mines DaVinci’s fabulous “Lady With Ermine.” 07/04/1998 Auschwitz and Birkenau 7/05-06/98 Torun 7/06-07/1998 07/01/1998 We bused to the station and boarded the 7:45 a.m. train for Krakow.  Four hours and four passport checks later, we changed trains at the border.  This change was a bit […]