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Category: Europe

Apr 28 2015

Discovering Sucha Beskidzka

On one of my recent jaunts, which seem to have become a weekly thing, I ended up in Sucha Beskidzka (pronounced Sue-har Bes-kid-ska). I had never heard of this place until I was thinking of places to go on my next day off.  I looked at a map, and saw Zywiec (the town where Zywiec beer comes …

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Apr 24 2015

Our Lady of Czestochowa: The Black Madonna

Since I wrote about Częstochowa earlier in the week, it seemed appropriate to complete it with a Foto Friday of the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa* (the Black Madonna), which is the main reason so many people, pilgrims and tourists alike, flock to the city. As always, I like to give you a brief …

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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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