Matthew Bogdanowicz

Polish Prince

Matthew Bogdanowicz

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

Europe » Poland » Silesia » Czestochowa June 1st 2012

A few trains and a short trip to Poznan to break up the trip to Czestochowa. We will get a better view of the Black Madonna tommorow and then on to Krakow.... read more
Poznan Square

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Elganowo May 28th 2012

Today was a very important day. Very fulfilling and I'm sure it was a very special Mother's day for mom. We would be travelling to her grandparent's villages. We had already visited the Archives in Krakow and submitted a search for the Foyt's (fojt) orgin. When we return to Krakow June 4th I will check on the progress of the investigation. After breakfast I went to pick up the car that was not far from the square where it was parked overnight. In the garage I found I could not get the car into reverse gear. I actually put it in neutral and twisted the wheel to get it back enough so that I could turn it safely out of the lot and drive it up the ramp where mom and dad were waiting. OK, so ... read more
Praying outside the church
After Mass
Little girls

Europe » Poland » Kuyavian-Pomeranian » Torun May 26th 2012

Home of Nicholas Conpernicus. We toured his house. Very lovely old town. Almost free of any devastation from WWII Not far from the villages of Great grandparents on mom's side. I'll attempt to rent a car on Saturday and make the 23 mile journey one way to the village. It is Mother's day in Poland tomorrow. See the lovely roses and how they wrap them in the thin grass. 10zl or about $2.85 cents US! Everything is so cheap here. A Pint of ale is like $1.40 US. You can order a large pizza for about $5... read more
Wedding dresses

Europe » Poland » Masovia » Warsaw May 25th 2012

Polish Military Musuem. Most of these guys must have had incredible strength and endurance. We then made it to the Castle/Palace. Many protests throughout the city against adopting the Euro slowed mom and dad by taxi; I ran everywhere a mile or so to go get the train tickets an a couple miles back to meet them at the Palace. It was a long tiring day in the heat and humidity, but I still found the will to go for a run. Some amazing photos - take a look Off to Torun- a beautiful city. Warsaw has its history but is crazy, sort of like a New York or L.A. A couple days is enough. Matt... read more
In the Palace
Time for a snack and a beer

Europe » Poland » Masovia » Warsaw May 24th 2012

WE have been really busy the last couple of days. We were able to make an inquiry into our family tree at the archives here in Krakow. Leaving Warsaw for Torun. Check out all the photos. Limited time to post, due to school work - I have a final paper due. Management issues in Heritage Tourism.... read more
In the castle wall Krakow
Zeilakowski house

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków May 21st 2012

We had a wonderful little breakfast on the square this morning and then proceeded to Wawel castle. I intended to visit the tombs and the tower but those tickets were not on sale until 12:30PM perhaps I can visit the attraction on my way back in a couple of weeks. Dad and Uncle Frank toured the armory at Wawel castle (ancient swords, armor, etc) and Karen, mom and myself took a trip down the cave to the lair of the dragon. This is the legendary Dragon of Krakow defeated by a shoemaker. We then took a boat ride down to the river on the Wisla. It was very warm today at least 80 degrees. We attended the Chopin piano concert in the Bonerowski Palace. About 70 in attendance for an intimate performance by a very talented ... read more
In concert

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Bochnia May 19th 2012

We toured the Salt mines in Bochnia. It was very interesting and basically the key reason Poland became so powerful back in the middle ages. One large "snowman" of salt could buy and entire village! 2KG of salt was worth 1KG of Gold. I won't bore you with the history. We had an engineering student who spoke English pretty well, as our guide. Just the three of us and the one guide Piotr (Peter); he was a second year engineering student in Krakow. He was nervous - but did a great job. Mom was a trooper with all the stairs. I took a long slide down into one of the caverns, where people can acutally spend the night, host parties and play indoor soccer. The air is very good for healing alergies and other ailments. They ... read more
Boat ride
Beds for overnight stay

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków May 18th 2012

This afternoon, we had a very well informed walking tour with a knowledgeable guide named Doroto (Dorothy). We started at the Florian Gate- named for ST. Florian the patron Saint Krakow. This is one of the last remnants of the wall that is still remaining. We went through the Old Town and ended at Wawel Castle where all the original Kings were buried. I'll have to go back for a separate tour and explore the Crypt and the upper rooms of the tower. It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining. After the tour I ran back to the flat to pay the owner the rental fee. Mom and Dad took a wrong turn and ended up lost, but called the apartment owner who ordered them a cab ride back. Mom did quite well ... read more
Florian Gate
Main Square
St. Mary's Interior

Europe » Poland May 18th 2012

What an adventure. So tired from the jet lag. Our Polish taxi driver did not speak English- good thing dad was there to interpret. We ended up at the apartment complex- with no way in and no key. We were on the cell phone of the driver for over 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get in. I did email from Frankfurt but did not recieve the email for the owner (who als did not have my contact information) because I did not have internet access. Finally they got a hold of someone who said they would be down in 30 minutes to meet us. In the mean time we were waiting on the side of the street, with our luggage and it was getting dark. We were hungry and cold. WE had no ... read more
Polish resteraunt
Wild boar and potato pancakes

WE made it to the airport. Mom has a wheelchair so we are about to go through the express security line. We just finished some Japanese soup at the food court. They have free wifi here. Long flight ahead of us. John dropped us off at the airport and I said goodbye to Sonia and the babies at work. I miss them so much already. Here we go - the start of our adventure!... read more

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