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Category Archive: Europe

Apr 21 2015

Discovering Czestochowa

After living in Poland for 7 months, I finally made it to Czestochowa (Częstochowa, which is pronounced Ches-to-hova) at the weekend.  It was high on my list of places to visit, but took me a while to get there.  Like most people, I was there to visit Jasna Gora, and to see the Black Madonna (the …

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Apr 17 2015

A Clock with a Difference: The Astronomical Clock in Olomouc

The first place I stayed at on my recent visit to the Czech Republic was Olomouc, and one of the many interesting things I came across during my time there was the astronomical clock. This striking astronomical clock is integrated into the Town Hall.  It was created somewhere around the 15th century.  This astronomical clock …

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Apr 10 2015

Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic

This might seem like a bit of an odd one, granted, but one of the things I wanted to see during my recent visit to the Czech Republic was the Sedlec Ossuary.  One of my flatmates, who joined me on my Czech adventure, discovered this place while searching for places to go and things to see before we …

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Apr 03 2015

Poznan Cathedral

Poznan (Poznań) was one of the cities I had been planning on visiting for a while.  What I hadn’t realised was the fact that the cathedral is on an island, which is aptly known as Cathedral Island or Ostrów Tumski in Polish.  As that seemed a little unusual to me at the time, with the cathedral’s history, …

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Mar 27 2015

Niedzica Castle, Southern Poland

Last weekend, I headed off on an adventure to see what I could find locally.  I didn’t have to travel far to come across, yes, you’ve guessed it, a castle.  It’s been a while since I wrote about a castle, hasn’t it?  The last one was Malbork, which is at the opposite end of the country.  As …

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Mar 24 2015

My Boss Told Me to Go to Hel, So I Did!

If your boss tells you to go to hell, that’s not normally particularly positive, is it?  In my case, however, it was.  That’s because he was referring to the Hel Peninsula in Poland, not the place where the devil supposedly lives.  It sounded great for two reasons: Firstly, my house in the UK is near a peninsula, …

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