Jasna Góra

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    • Day108


      July 24, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      So this is the second incarnation of this post which I accidentally deleted!

      In between Krakow and Warsaw, we camped in a wonderful little campsite near a town called Tarnowskie Gory. It was by the far the most sociable of the places we have camped despite its size. We met three separate sets of dutch campers and enjoyed an evening, a beer and a boardgame with them.

      Unfortunately since leaving Krakow I had been feeling quite unwell so the first few days I spent in the hammock reading a book.

      It was from here that we had travelled to Auschwitz. We also visited Tarnowskie Gory and had an amazing icecream for the equivalent of £1.. surely the best medicine. We also discovered the Silesian museum in Katowice. A super interesting find that had even Stuart and I wondering around the art gallery part! It also has a museum exhibit dedicated to the history of Silesia the area of Poland that - I did not know - we were staying in. The highlight though was the temporary exhibition room made up of mirrored walls and floor named “reflections”. Not sure what we reflected on but was a great spot for funny photos.. not quite sure that was the point but its what we got out of it! We also squeezed in a trip to the IMAX in Katowice to watch the new Spiderman movie. Very funny film and one I would highly recommend for Marvel fans out there.

      Checking the weather forecast on the penultimate day of our stay we decided to pack up early to avoid the torrential rain waiting on the horizon. Such a great decision as it gave us the chance to pack up a dry tent and an extra day before arriving at Warsaw which we spent in Czestochowa. The Jasna Gora monastery here houses a shrine to the Black Madonna. It is a place of catholic pilgrimage.. which you cannot really describe our 5 mile walk to and from the hotel.. nevertheless I found it a very moving place.
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      Anne Setters

      Hope you are fully recovered?

      Helen Price

      You can just see the cogs turning.

    • Day7


      July 27, 2015 in Poland ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Lundi, 27 juillet 2015
      Avant de quitter la République Tchèque, nous utilisons nos dernières Couronnes pour faire le plein ( le lt de diesel env. Fr.1.16). Le GPS prévoit pour rallier Częstochowa 240km et quatre bonnes heures, et c'est effectivement le temps qu'il nous faut. Nous faisons juste une courte halte pour chercher qq Zlotis à un Bancomat. Nous trouvons du premier coup le camping Olenka, gratifié d'une toute petite étoile dans le guide. Il s'avère très bien situé, à 5min. du sanctuaire et muni de quoi vidanger notre bus; a deux dernières étapes ce n'était pas possible. Une fois installés, les quatre-heures avalés, nous partons pour les lieux saints. Le sanctuaire Jasna Góra est un couvent fortifié qui domine la ville. Une immense allée de plus de deux kilomètres y conduit. La basilique est de toute beauté et la chapelle avec l'icône sainte aussi. Une foule très recueillie y prie le rosaire. Le soir nous y retournons et pouvons cette fois mieux voir la Madonna. Ce lieu est, tout au contraire de ce qui est noté dans le routard, très peu envahi par les marchands du temple, en tout cas bien moins que Lourdes ou Einsiedeln.. Aucun des quatre restos du routard (2014/15) est ouvert. Nous nous rabattons sur le premier qui veut nous servir à souper. La Najświętszej Marii Panny, la large allée, n'est peut-être pas l'endroit des petits bistros typiques. Une petite pluie nous accompagne pour le retour. La nuit va être reposante, il fait frais comme les deux dernières, une aubaine après un mois de canicule.Read more

    • Day57

      Our Lady of Czestochowa

      September 26, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      National shrine of Poland.
      Believed to have been painted sometime between the 8the and 12th centuries it was brought from Ruthenia (Ukraine) in 1382 and entrusted the Pauline monks.
      In 1439 it was renovated and repainted in a more gothic style after it was damaged by Czech Hussites. This is when it went dark as the different paints reacted.
      In 1655 the monastery was besieged by the Swedes but wasn’t taken after a 49 day siege. Our Lady was credited with the success and was crowned Queen of Poland.
      Place is nuts as almost every kid in Poland gets brought here. Small chapel with the painting. Huge baroque basilica with we hope very repentant Polish teenagers. Groups of every other shape, size and nationality. Older monk mad sure we were directed to the gift shop. Somethings are the same everywhere.
      Not a bad finish to Poland.
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