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POLAND: Krakow to Gdansk

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An Eastern European country Poland has lots of culture, history, and scenery to absorb. Whether you travel its landmass from north to south, or south to north you'll be enriched with it's diversity and remarkable people.




WIELICZKZA SALT MINE
www.wieliczka-saltmine.com

One of the few cities in Central Europe to withstand its medieval buildings during the "WAR" days, Krakow is filled with many sights to explore. There is Old Town, Wawal Castle, Wawal Cathedral and the not to be missed Wieliczka Salt Mine. Built in the 13th century the mine has been in operation for over 700 years and is a whirlwind of chapels, galleries, monuments, statues, tunnels and lakes all carved out of rock salt by the miners. There's even an underground sanatorium where people with allergic diseases are treated overnight. Not far from Krakow are the Carpathian Mountains with their majestic high peaks. The resort town of Zakapone that is popular in the winter for skiing and hiking in the sum…

Chopin & Poland

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Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quality of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.   Frederic Chopin

C H O P I N'S   W O R K S:  (A MUSIC GENIUS)

Ballads, Chamber Works, Etudes, Impromtus, Mazurkas, Minor Works, Nocturnes, Piano Concertos, Polonaises, Preludes, Rondos, Scherzos, Sonatas, Variations, Waltzes

Zelazowa Wola, a small village located in east-central Poland is where one of the world's most famous composers and pianists was born long ago on March 1, 1810. His name?

FREDERIC CHOPIN

The home that Chopin was born in is visited by many people who want to view the "dworek" a little manor house. The house is surrounded by a natural park at the banks of the Utrata River.

A monument of Frederic Chopin designed by artist Josef Goslawski in 1955 was unveiled on July 13, 1969 and is adjacent to the birth house. It's astounding that for such a short life (Chopin died at the age of 39) he was a…

A "POLAND" VACATION!

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It's 2015…a new year. It's time to start planning where to go in the world in 2015. So many places to choose from. How about POLAND?

POLAND, the country that brought us Frederic Chopin, Pope John Paul II, Madame Curie, Joanna Krupa, Doda, Robert Lewandowski, and many more famous Polish people.

A country that has so much amazing architecture, history, and food. Krakow, Zakopane, Warsaw, Gdansk, Lublin, Malbork, Torun, Poznan, Tatra National Park, and Bialowieza Forest are just a few of the grand places to visit when in POLAND.

The city of KRAKOW is a good place to begin your tour of POLAND. One of my favorite places to stay is the comfortable "Tango House" in the heart of Old Town and "Piano Guest House" which is run by an artistic and friendly Polish family who serve one of the best breakfasts in all of KRAKOW.

PIANO GUEST HOUSE
pianoguesthouse.pl

TANGO HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
tangohouse.pl




POLISH TEA CAKES 

My Polish grandmother often made these traditional…