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Jun 26 2015

Empty Chairs Memorial, Krakow

While I was exploring Krakow with a friend, we came across a square that had a number of chairs in it.  These chairs were permanent fixtures, but we didn’t know what they represented until my friend looked it up in her guide book.  Then, I did some of my own research.  As it turns out, …

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Jun 16 2015

Sampling Monastic Life in Wadowice

At some point during my stay in Poland, I had to visit to Wadowice, the town where Pope Saint John Paul II was born and brought up.  So, one Saturday, once I had finished work, I packed my stuff up, and went on my way. When I arrived at the tiny bus station in Wadowice, I …

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Jun 12 2015

The Queen of Krynica’s Spring

There is always a little surprise hidden somewhere, whenever I travel to a new place in Poland.  Last weekend, I spotted this while taking a stroll around Park Zdrojowy on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Krynica-Zdrój – Poland’s biggest spa town.  Until then, I don’t ever recall coming across a statue of the Virgin Mary in a …

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Jun 09 2015

Hiking from Gora Chelm: Some Valuable Lessons Learned

Thursday last week was a national holiday in Poland.  That meant I had a day off – yay!  The thing is, it was one day midweek, so I couldn’t stray too far.  For that reason, I decided it was time to explore the area around me.  I live in a small town called Myslenice about …

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Jun 05 2015

An Underground Medieval Town in Olkusz

During my short visit to Olkusz, I came across this in the market square.  This entrance is covered in glass, hence the poor quality of the photo on a bright, sunny day.  Nonetheless, I have decided to use it because, after doing a bit of research, I discovered it has an interesting story that I’d like …

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Jun 02 2015

When Independent Travel Doesn’t Go to Plan

Things don’t always go to plan, especially when you don’t have a plan.  Err… that makes sense!  Well, I sort of had a plan, just not a concrete one. Plan I wanted to go to the desert near Krakow.  It has been on my list of things to do for a while.  So, when I finished …

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