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    • Day 11

      Es wird sehr katholisch

      September 19, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Kurz nach Sandomierz nehmen wir die Gelegenheit wahr und überqueren die Weichsel mit einer Fähre. Anschließend haben wir das Gefühl, zu Hause im Alten Land zu sein: Links der Deich und rechts endlose Apfelplantagen. Das Renaissanceschloss in Baranow Sandomierski, unser erster Stopp auf dem Weg nach Westen, ist eine prachtvolle Adelsresidenz und sehr gut erhalten. Zeit für einen Kaffee in der Nähe. Wir verlassen nun die Polnische Toskana in Richtung Niederschlesien. Unterwegs halten wir in Tschenstochau am berühmten Paulinerkloster, der heiligsten polnischen Stätte. Das Kloster auf dem Jasna Góra wird jährlich von Millionen Pilgern aus aller Welt besucht. Hier, wo das Gnadenbild der Schwarzen Madonna aufbewahrt wird, hielt der Papst Messen vor mehreren hunderttausend Gläubigen. Dann erreichen wir bei Oppeln wieder schlesisches Gebiet. In der Stadt eine Schülerdemonstration, „Fridays for future!“ Es wird vorübergehend „deutscher“, zweisprachige Ortsein- und Ortsausgangsschilder, Schrebergärten, sehr gepflegte Vorgärten und gefegte Gehwege. Wir übernachten im Schlosshotel Prawdzic Pałac und scheinen die einzigen Gäste zu sein. Auch nicht schlecht, dann fühlen wir uns mal eben als Schlossherren.Read more

    • Day 6

      Am Jezioro Mucharskie

      June 22, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Der Jezioro Mucharskie ist ein Stausee an der Skawa in der polnischen Woiwodschaft Kleinpolen. Der Stausee wurde im Jahr 2017 geflutet. Er wird sowohl als Badesee als auch als Schutzspeicher gegen Überflutungen sowie als Wasserkraftwerk genutzt.

      Am Ufer des Sees haben wir einen netten Stellplatz gefunden. Heute Abend gab es mal wieder Futter aus der eigenen Küche.
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    • Day 2


      July 6, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      [JJ] A very sobering experience. No words are able to truly describe what went on here.

      We saw corridors upon corridors of prisoners' belongings taken from them: kids' shoes, spectacles, cooking pots, even human hair. We walked through the gas chambers, we saw the giant Auschwitz camp, then Birkenau, which was 25 times larger than even that.

      I walked a million steps last month, and if every step were a person dying then it still wouldn't be as many people that died within these fences.
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    • Day 45

      Family time in Katowice, Poland

      April 30, 2023 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Friday 21/4 - Oslo to Katowice, Poland
      Our short stay in Oslo ended with a quick train trip to the airport, travelling through low hills covered in tidy pretty farm buildings and what looked like freshly cut hay but that seemed a bit odd for being barely into spring. Our Ryanair flight was two hours, completely hassle-free, and Andy met us at Katowice airport. There was no passport control, no officials of any sort that I can recall, hardly any bags (most people just have carry-on), just walked out.

      It was lovely to see the family again after four years, Patryk now 12 ½ and Ellie very nearly 8.

      Through the week it’s been generally quiet, kids have been at school, Andy and Justyna working various hours but we have:
      • Been to a food fair in an old factory-turned event centre, brick, lined with beautifully restored machinery along the walls, lots of space for food and drinks from a few countries and local, as well as seating for maybe a couple of hundred. There was a lot of chocolate and I can vouch for the choc-dipped strawberries BUT not tempted to sample crispy insects (looked a bit like cockroaches) or insect chocolate
      • Eaten lunch with Justyna’s extended family for brother-in-law’s birthday: traditional Silesian roll of beef stuffed with a small sausage and gherkins on a bed of red cabbage; I had the most enormous schnitzel and really nice red onion and gherkin pickles; berry or mango shots; and there was a pretty-near perfect PAVLOVA with fresh berries for dessert.
      • Had an evening out with just Andy to catch up with their friend Jarek, bar manager 27th floor of the Marriott hotel, lovely to see Andy’s oldest Polish friend again (we had first met him in late 2007 on our first trip to Poland, Andy had moved there early that year). Then we went to a bar that serves ONLY a kind of cherry drink, obviously made of cherries with, I think, vodka, quite drinkable though not as more-ish as a cherry liqueur I have had on earlier trips. And we finished with burgers in a really nice, quite small, American-style diner with a quite odd baseball/music/movie star theme, good food, sports on one screen and MTV/sixties and seventies British music videos on the other. Good food and we enjoyed our few hours including the easy train ride to get to the centre of town, which has been cleaned up quite a bit since our last visit four years ago. It’s a city with a major train hub, national conference/performance centre, big sports stadium and a really good coalmining museum which gives the history of the Silesia area and the industry, a bit interactive (no, you don’t have to dig for coal), very interesting.
      • Seen the family of wild boar (boars?) that lives in the bush just across from Andy and Justyna’s gate, I think seven babies with stripes on their backs and two rather large and wary parents digging up the paddock but also keeping a good eye on nosy neighbours. Justyna said they also see foxes, I’d love to have seen them, lots around apparently. Katowice, even though it’s a city, has a huge amount of park and forest land within the city; very obvious when we looked down from the 27th floor bar on Wednesday

      Aslan the cat is beautiful, pretty snobby, dying to go outside but isn’t allowed – has lovely blue eyes except when he’s planning evil, then they turn luminous amber. True story.

      Things I’ve noticed:
      • Polish self-checkout supermarket – I went shopping with Andy, self-checkout, then to get out of the place you had to scan your docket and then a gate would open to let you out. I was amazed by the foresight, considering in Nelson I was standing at Countdown Trafalgar and the manager, Damian, was saying to one of the staff ‘did you see that woman, she just walked out with a trolley full of groceries’. It was a shoplifter and they can’t do anything, he said. Nothing happens like that in Lidl Katowice, so efficient – and the groceries are pretty cheap too but then, the wages are so much lower, so it works out I guess.
      • TV programmes dubbed into Polish only have a male voice, so when you see women speaking it’s a man’s voice that comes out. Hasn’t changed in several years, very odd.
      • School hours are seriously strange. Some days it’s (approximately) 11am – 1.30pm, 8am to midday, other days 9.50am to 2pm……..I take my hat off to Justyna keeping track of it all as she and Andy ferry the kids to and from school which is about 4km away. Grades 1-3 have lunch supplied, 4 – 8 take their own. 8 – 12 is high school with, I think, more regular hours. There is before- and after school care which is good if they need to drop Ellie off with Patryk.
      • Pete had a haircut – asked for a number 3 cut, numbers must be different in Poland because he’s pretty bald! Funny. There was a lot of white hair on the barber’s floor.
      • Polish cocktail prosecco and limoncello must have been double strength, my head was reeling after we had been out for pizza on Friday night

      Sunday 30/4 – and here we are in Billund, Denmark, the whole family having flown over this afternoon for a day at Legoland on Monday, then we’ll be in Copenhagen until Sunday. Denmark reports will be posted……….
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    • Day 411

      Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps

      June 23, 2023 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Today we had a very solemn experience, but we could not leave Europe without paying our respects.

      Auschwitz was the largest Nazi Concentration Camp created by the Nazis. In conjunction to it later becoming classified as an Extermination Camps well, 1.1 million of its 1.3 inmates were killed. The most well known group of these victims are those of the Jewish faith/ethnicity, but a large portion were also that of the 21K Romani (formally known more commonly as gypsy).

      The first transport of prisoners arrived on June 14, 1940. It contained 728 Poles & political prisoners. Of the 960,000 Jewish people that came to the camp, 865,000 never spent a night at Auschwitz. Many were assessed upon arrival on how fit for work they were. Only about 25% were admitted and the rest were gassed immediately.

      I took a lot of pictures where it was permitted. A lot of info on plaques in here. Below is a link to a zip of the higher res version of all my pictures. Feel free to go through them if you have the time.

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    • Day 43

      Sslzbergwerk in Wieliczka

      September 23, 2023 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Durch das prasseln des Regens ☔️ sind wir heute morgen aufgeweckt worden.
      Da wir aber sowieso weiter ziehen wollen, hat uns das nicht ganz so doll missfallen. Zwar ist das zusammen bauen im Nassen nicht ganz so einfach und die Hunde 🐕 🐕 finden das ständige Abrubbeln auch nicht so gut, aber was solls!
      Für heute hatten wir uns ein tolles Ziel herausgesucht und dafür ist das Wetter auch egal.
      Wir sind in eins der größten Salzbergwelten gefahren. In diesem Salzberg wurde seit dem Mittelalter durchgehend bis in die 90er Jahre Salz abbaut.
      Es gehört zum Unseco Weltkulturerbe.
      Spektakulär und einzigartig!
      Über 300 km lange Tunnel gehen durch das Salzwerk.
      Mehrere Kathedralen wurden hier unten erbaut, alles aus dem Berg geschnitten.
      Selbst der Papst war hier und auch unser Goethe hatte dies Bauwerk besucht, ihm wurde eine Kammer gewidmet, die Weimar Kammer.
      Insgesamt geht das S-werk 9 Stockwerke tief, wir wanderten knapp 2,5 Stunden in gerade mal 2 Stockwerken.
      Wahnsinn was früher ohne viel Maschinen schon erbaut wurde.
      Auf alle Fälle auch ein Highlight Polens. Unbedingt anschauen!
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    • Day 3

      Tag 2

      February 9 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Frühstück im Lieblingskaffee, die Inhaberin kannte uns noch vom letzten Jahr und hat uns ein Museum empfohlen. Das schauen wir vor der Rückreise am Montag an. Dann Mittagspause und dann Arena. Faze hat gewonnen, das Heimteam Ence aus Polen leider nicht, aber super Stimmung in der Crowd. Der Vizepräsident der Veranstaltung (sreihe) hat sich zu uns gesetzt und mit uns geschaut und nach Feedback gefragt, weil wir ja fast überall sind😅Read more

    • Day 5

      Guten Morgen

      February 11 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Wieder im Café gefrühstückt. Nächstes Jahr zeigt uns die Inhaberin ein paar coole Orte in Katowice, wir haben heute lange mit ihr gesprochen. Der Künstler von dem Bild was wir gekauft haben wandert übrigens aus (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung läuft wohl nach 8 Jahren aus) und das sind jetzt dann quasi die letzten Bilder von ihm. Schon sehr cool dass wir das Bild jetzt haben.Read more

    • Day 5

      Finale - Spirit gewinnt

      February 11 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Ein junges russisches Team auf ihrem ersten Event gewinnt! Der jüngste Spieler hat das beste Rating jemals bei diesem Event bekommen - ein Wunderkind. Er spielt das Spiel seit er vier Jahre alt ist. Da sie sehr schnell gewonnen haben, sind wir danach noch in eine polnische Bar zum Essen. 2x Pommes (mit Parmesan?!) und Cola für insgesamt10€👍Read more

    • Day 30

      Day 31: Chrvanow to Ostrava

      May 13 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Visited Auschwitz and Auschwitz - Birkenau. Our guide was local and amazing. Thought I’d be more emotional but I was just silenced by the enormity of it all. Too surreal to be real but it is. Moving through Czechia tonight.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Województwo Śląskie, Wojewodztwo Slaskie, Woiwodschaft Schlesien, Silesian Voivodeship, Silèsia, Slezské vojvodství, Silesia, Sileesia vojevoodkond, Behe Silesia, Voïvodie de Silésie, Provinsi Slaskie, Voivodato di Slesia, シロンスク県, Silezijos vaivadija, Silezië, Województwo śląskie, Voievodatul Silezia, Силезское воеводство, Schlesien, 西里西亚省

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