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Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Krosno January 24th 2015

Kraków js a really cool city. Met some crazy Aussies and Dutch people who literally don't sleep. While I got the chance to visit the salt mines and auschwitz I didn't really get a chance to explore the city other than through guided vip bar tours put together by the hostel. Definitely one of my favorite weekends so far. Off to Budapest this afternoon for a day or two by bus where I will be sleeping the entire time; Should be splendid.... read more
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Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Rzeszów December 1st 2014

We settled down in Przemysl rail station to wait for our return chariot to Rzeszow. The waiting room was nice and warm and must have been too comfortable. We were now experts in the pronounciation and were possibly sat congratulating ourselves. We could say where we'd been......... "Shem shell" ........ or is it "Shem ish"........ and to where we were heading back to ..........."Chez ow". The latter must be said at speed or they will still look at you as though you've just landed from the moon. Mind, plenty of people do that at work and there is a big difference between Teesside and the moon. There was a misjudgement in how long it would take to wander across to Platform 3, but we made it with a few minutes to spare. It could have transpired ... read more
Rzeszow
Rzeszow Castle
Corner Bar

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Przemysl November 30th 2014

The centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 has been much in the news at home in recent months. The focus understandly has been on the British & Commonwealth forces activity on the Western Front. The fact that we call it the Western Front recognises that we acknowledge the Eastern Front, but we never really talk of it or understand the events upon it. In the years before 1914, the Austrians as the dominant power in this part of Poland created the Fortress of Przemysl. An inner ring of smaller forts was supplemented by much larger forts a few miles outside the town. We enquired in the Tourist Office, as to the best bet to visit. Fort Werner is the best choice. Fort Werner its was then - but how to get there? A taxi ... read more
Fort Bakonczyce
Przemysl
Austrian WW1 Cemetery

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Przemysl November 29th 2014

After the football distraction of the previous day, the Man in the Middle was on a mission. The nearest information he had was that his old man hailed from these parts, before WW2 intervened and circumstances meant that he had a spell under duress making ball bearings in a foreign land. The details are scarce. The exact route to the UK is even more of mystery, but what is known meant leaving Przemysl sometime in the years after 1941 and rolling up in the UK after the cessation of hostilities. Alas, there is no BBC TV crew on this trip with us to point him in the right direction of all things family tree and it was always going to be just a trip to be into the dark. We left Rzeszow on the regional train. ... read more
Przemysl
Przemysl
Przemysl

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Mielec November 27th 2014

The 1974 World Cup was the first major international tournament that I was exposed to. The 1970 matches in Mexico had been on too late - sent to bed and I had to make do with highlights on TV, such as they were in those days. England had to beat Poland to qualify and after a defeat in Katowice, the return at Wembley took on crucial significance. The esteemed football men of the day assured us that it would be a mere formality. After all, they had a clown in goal. The clown played out of his skin, we didn't qualify and Poland went on to become the surprise packet by grabbing 3rd place in World Cup. The top scorer was a balding right winger by the name of Grzegorz Lato. This must have made a ... read more
Stadion MOSIR, Mielec
Home Army Square
Stadion MOSIR, Mielec

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Rzeszów November 25th 2014

The mother tongue was not English, as the Ryanair plane taxied across the runway. We were on the commuter express from Mansfield of wherever and most passengers were just heading home for the weekend to see the folks. Ryanair have a new plan to get you to check bags into the hold. A maximum of 90 carry-on pieces allowed and our stuff was placed in the hold free of charge. It was a bit irritating and transpired to cost us any chance of getting the bus to town in Rzeszow. The girl on the information desk helpfully pointed out that 10 minutes ago we had a bus, but now we had a 1 hour 50 wait. A taxi will be 59 Zloty. It was a very precise figure and true to her word, came in spot ... read more
Rzeszow
Rzeszow
Rzeszow

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Przemysl May 18th 2013

Nowy początek :) / New beginning.... read more

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Rzeszów » Mielec January 1st 2013

www.theredquest.com Okay, put your hands up if you've heard of Rzeszow. Thought not. Well neither had I. But that was until I went on a website that sifted through every flight to depart from Manchester Airport on New Year's Day. The result was a Ryanair to Rzeszow. But where the hell was Rzeszow? After a bit of Googling, I found out Rzeszow was in southwest Poland, quite near the Ukrainian border. It was a fairly large city, with a population of just under 200,000, and judging by the photos I found, it had a nice old town with a pleasing central square. There was only one more thing I needed to know, and that was how to pronounce it. Was it something like Res-zow? Or perhaps Zez-ow? Or was it Res-oh? No, the actual way to ... read more
Spires of Rzeszow
Symbol of Poland
Rzeszow Castle

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian February 8th 2009

Yep, got a bus to Krynica in the Polish countryside. Unfortunately for me, I didn't have time to enjoy the spa or the skiing since I was only spending one night. My 3 hour bus got in pretty much on time - give or take 15 minutes :) I met Kasia, my host for the night and did a quick night tour of the town since as it turns out, she didn't live in Krynica but in the next town over. Krynica reminded me of Tahoe in the winter. It's touristy but not overly so and stunning with its blanket of snow. We headed out for her village, Powroznik, and 5 minutes later, we were there. It's really cute with just one main road running through the town. Her place was towards the end of the ... read more

Europe » Poland » Subcarpathian » Jaslo October 21st 2008

Gorlice is near Jaslo. I drove through many towns on the bus heading towards the Ukraine, and one town was Jaslo. The choices of towns on this blog site is limited. Gorlice is situated near Slovakian border, in the high hills of southern Poland. I spent two days here and learned alot about displaced Ukrainians after the uprising in 1949. The Ukrainians wanted their own state, and when their uprising was over, they were sent to northern Poland. Many of their Greek Orthodox churches were converted to Roman Catholic. Eventually some Ukranians came back, and now live peacefully with Polish people in the area. Every July, there is a bonfire celebration and Ukranians from around the world attend. (reminds me of Acadian history)... read more
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Garden in Gorlice




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