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The Flour Mill in Miedzna Drewniana

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Some of the more "modern" mill equipment. While we were traveling to the church in Żarnów we were passing through Miedzna Drewniana. Miedzna Drewniana is a small village that is the home to a relative. Gosia mentioned that there is a mill nearby that belongs to this relative & we should stop and see...
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Research from Końskie Area Churches

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Św. Mikołaja (St. Nicholas) church in Końskie When I was researching my own family, thousands of hours were spent building the family tree while going through rolls of microfilm from a number of churches. My Firkowski family is scattered all over Poland & sometimes I did not know where other...
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Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea) in the Tatry Mountains

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This morning we were up and about early, because we were heading to the Tatry Mountains. It is not really that far of a drive, but because it is so popular, the traffic is unbelievable, and they are working on the road down to the Mountains, so road construction does not...
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Tarnów

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Town Hall in the Market Square Although I have been to Tarnów before, I had not toured the city. Five years ago, I had some client research that needed to be done in the Diocesan Archives & there was no time for seeing the sights. This year, I wanted to...
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Czchów Castle

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Along the Dunajec River you will find the small town of Czchów that has the remains of an old small castle called Czchów Castle. Only one of the towers remains along with remnants of its original walls, but a person can climb to the top of the tower and get some fantastic...
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Wooden Church, St. Ursula in Gosprzydowa

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Only about 6km from Lipnica Murowana, there is another wooden church built in the 17th century in the village of Gosprzydowa. The Uszwica River runs through the center of the village & the church of St. Ursula is just outside the main village along the main road from Lipnica Murowana...
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Lipnica Murowana Wooden Church

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St. Leonard If you are traveling along the trail of wooden churches in the area of Kraków, you will come upon the small town of Lipnica Murowana, where there are three churches. It is unusual to have so many churches in a small town, but I guess it is known...
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Nowy Wiśnicz Castle

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Nowy Wiśnicz Castle is located in the village of Stary Wiśnicz in southern Poland. This castle was originally built in 1397 and has had changes to its structure over the centuries. It is a wonder to behold all by itself, but you get a guided tour of the inside where not only...
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Cistercian Abby in Mogiła (Kraków) & Wooden Church

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After our visit to the Home of Jan Matejko, Gosia & I went to see the Cistercian Abby in Mogiła (Part of Kraków). The Abby can bedated back to 1222 when it brought to Mogiła.  We were going to look around and take some photos, but as it turned out, one...
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Home of Jan Matejko

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There are many famous people who are from Poland and one of the well known artists in the world, also was from Poland. I had the chance to see his home in Kraków-Krzesławice, which included some of his works of art. The display of old furniture is fantastic and are really...
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Kraków Rynek in Daylight

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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki) I finally did have the chance to see Rynek (Marketplace) in Kraków at night during this trip, but it is still wonderful to see it during the daylight, so after the visit to the underground museum in Rynek, we took in the sights in daylight....
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Underneath Rynek in Kraków

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In 2005 archealogists dug up the Rynek (Marketplace) in Kraków to learn what was underneath their feet. Everyone knew that there was something under Rynek, but nobody knew what & finally permission was given to explore. I was there in 2004 & in 2006 & I never had known that it...
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Niepołomice Castle & Museum

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Niepołomice Castle was bult in the 14th century & is often called the second Wawel (After Wawel Castle in Kraków). It wasrenovated in the mid 16th centry. Today it houses a museum and is also used for weddings.  Just outside the castle is Osada Podegrodzie which is a small Ethonographic Museum....
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Church of 10,000 Martyrs

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Located in the town of Niepołomice is a church called Church of 10,000 Martyrs to honors those that have died because they were Christians. Today, a Christian will die about every 10 minutes because of their faith. The church was originally built in the mid fourteenth century with funds from Casimir...
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Benedictine Abby in Staniątki

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Sunday morning we started out by visiting the Benedictine Abby in Staniątki which is a village near Niepołmice. The day started out with some rain, but that did not deter us at all, as umbrellas did the job of pretecting just fine. This trip I now have had the opportunity...
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Kraków Rynek at Night

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Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) I have been to the rynek (town square) in Kraków many times, but had yet to see it at night, so Gosia decided that we would goand see the night activity in Kraków. It had been a hot Saturday and the evening temperature was beautiful. Everyone was...
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Camaldolese Abby in Bielany

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There is a little bit of an interesting story behind this post. It has actually taken 5 years to complete my exploration into the Abby. In 2011, I was flying into Kraków & with the GPS camera I had I took a photo of an interesting structure on a hill. I...
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Przegorzały Castle

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Przegorzały used to be a seperate village near Kraków, but now it is a part of it. High on a hill while driving along the highway, you can see this large mansion which is called Przegorzały Castle. It was built during WWII in about 1 year for the governor of the...
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Kościuszko Mound in Kraków

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There is a man made mound built on top of a hill in Kraków. This mound is 35.5 meter high & is in the middle of an old fortress which it is one of four such mounds in Kraków. The mound is named after Tadeusz Kościuszko who is famous in...
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Tyniec Castle & Benedictine Abby

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Not far from Kraków there is a castle in the village of Tyniec. It is called of course - Tyniec Castle, which lies along the Wisła River. Tyniec Castle contains a famous Benedictine Abby formed by King Kazimierz in 1044 & is the oldest monastery in Poland and is still in...
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