The Silesian City of Wroclaw – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Wroclaw is a small city in southwest Poland, and like several Polish cities, its stunning architecture attracts tourists. I too had to see this city for myself, and it was much bigger than I’d expected. (Helpful tip: it’s pronounced VROTS-WOV)
Something fun: My great-grandmother came from a small Silesian town near Wroclaw. She was a Polish Jew who married a Catholic Irishman – in the 1920s. How progressive is that?
That’s on my mother’s side. What’s funny is that earlier ancestors on my father’s side came from the same area of Silesia! Small world. I know it doesn’t matter … Continue reading
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Reflections on Auschwitz-Birkenau
One of the places I’ve always wanted to see is Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland. It is and has been on so many peoples’ travel lists, including mine, but I couldn’t tell you why. It’s supposed to be a sobering experience, and something that makes people realise how lucky we are to have what we do. I guess that’s why I wanted to go. I wanted to get emotionally sober, to feel more emotions than what I normally feel.
I was nervous going into the camp. I thought maybe I’d accidentally or unknowingly say or do something wrong, or that … Continue reading
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The Polish Capital, Warsaw – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Krakow is the most popular destination in Poland, but Warsaw is the country’s capital and it has a lot to offer. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect before visiting but I actually really liked it. It’s a great place to spend a few days and such an overlooked vacation destination.
The History of Warsaw
Warsaw is relatively new, with continuous settlement estimated since medieval times. However it became more important towards the end of the medieval ages. It became the capital of Poland in 1596 due to its central location. Like much of Poland, Warsaw’s golden era was during … Continue reading
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Discovering the Beauty of Krakow: Things to Do & Travel Guide
Krakow is by far the most popular area of Poland for tourists. Because it was minimally destroyed in the war and it’s close to Auschwitz, it makes an excellent trip for people who want to visit Poland. It was the last stop on my Poland trip and I have to say that it was a fantastic place to be.
Krakow first started over a thousand years ago on what is today Wawel Hill (which you can visit). It shortly became a centre of trade, a position it held for centuries. Its heyday was in medieval times (around the … Continue reading
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Poland Is Underrated – Here Are 7 Reasons You Should Visit
It was time to tell my friends and family about my next destination, and I told them: I’m going to Poland!
Poland? Why Poland? Yes, my ancestors are from there, but it wasn’t an ancestry type of trip. So why’d I choose Poland?
Well, I thought, why not? Actually, I was inspired by so many of my friends who’d gone to Poland. Mainly they went for Auschwitz and then went to Krakow and Warsaw. But there was something that drew me to the destination. It looked so beautiful, and I wanted to go someplace in the central-northern Europe region. So … Continue reading
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The Port City of Gdansk – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Gdansk is a city in the north of Poland, and it only made it to my list because of the reviews other travel bloggers gave it. I wasn’t sure about its size or charm. However it ended up being the city I enjoyed most in Poland! It was completely rebuilt after World War II and it is so colourful and gorgeous. I was blown away by its beauty. Most people post pictures of the riverside and the old gate, but that’s a small part of the Old Town Gdansk has to offer. It was definitely a highlight of my trip … Continue reading
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Torun, Poland’s Gingerbread Town: Things to Do & Travel Guide
You’ve heard of Warsaw and Krakow, but have you ever heard of the medieval Polish town called Torun? It’s a great stop on your tour of Poland and also makes a great day trip from Gdansk or Poznan. It’s been inhabited for millennia but its prime time was in the medieval era. It became an import trade route and hosted a Teutonic fortress in the 13th century. In the 15th-16th centuries, it was even one of the largest cities in Poland. It is also the home of Nicolas Copernicus, the astronomer who discovered that the sun is the centre of … Continue reading
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