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May 01 2015

Nowy Sacz Royal Castle

As you will have undoubtedly noticed from the title, I have another castle for you this week. Well, I’m in Poland, and you can’t go far without seeing either a church or a castle. So, castle it is! Nowy Sacz Royal Castle dates back to the 14th century.  It was built around the same time as Wawel Royal …

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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 14 2015

With Limited Time Off You Can Still Travel

I was at work on Saturday morning, chatting to one of the other teachers before our lessons started, and the topic of travel came up.  He was saying that he hasn’t seen much of Poland because we only get one day off per week.  The thing is, I get the same amount of time off as …

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