Archive for the ‘Traveling Poland: our recommendations about the tourist attractions’ Category

Country Party in old good style!

Friday, March 24th, 2017

 

Since 2013 our guests participating in Galicia Tour are hosted by the Cultural Center in Strzyżów and “Kłosowianie” folk group. These country parties became the tours highlights! Watch some of the best moments from 2016.

 

 

More details about the tour: http://galicia.polishorigins.com

Enjoy!

 

Aga

Kingdom of Poland Tour – 2016 upgrade.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

 

2015 was the first season of our Kingdom of Poland Tour. Months of preparations resulted in one ‘debut’ trip.

Winter is always a time for improvement, because after each touring season, we analyse our guests’ feedback, and focus on every single detail of the finished tours, to strive for excellence! We want you to be immersed deeper into the atmosphere of the country, and have the chance to better understand the stories behind the places that you are visiting.  During the organization process of each of our tours, we also put a lot of effort into building a good, long lasting relationship with the hotels, restaurants, local guides and all of the people that  are cooperating with us. We believe that it has a strong influence on the ambiance of our Tours.

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Tykocin, an important residence of Polish and Lithuanian kings since medieval times.

This year We made several improvements in the itinerary, to make it even more attractive for you. See below what we have changed.

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Bobbin Lace Festival in Bobowa

Monday, December 21st, 2015

There is a little town named Bobowa in Poland. It is situated in Old Galicia, south-east of Krakow. There is not much more than a few streets, two churches, an old synagogue and a main square. But there is also something that you do not see at a first sight – the old tradition of bobbin lace making. It is  not widely known today, but this beautiful handicraft art is still practiced there.

The most tireless bobbin lacemaker in Bobowa :) She works regardless of the weather, the seasons and time of day or night

The most tireless bobbin lacemaker in Bobowa 🙂 She works regardless of the weather, the seasons and time of day or night

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What My Ancestors Ate and Drank in Middle Ages?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

If you ask a contemporary Pole what are traditional Polish dishes, certainly, among others, he will mention ‘schabowy? (pork chops) with potatoes or ?bigos?. But only a few know that both dishes are quite new to Polish cuisine.

Potatoes were brought to Europe from America, initially as ornamental plants. Their culinary advantages had not been noticed until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. In Poland, potatoes became widespread by the end of nineteenth century, which was slightly more than 100 years ago. ?Kotlet schabowy? became popular in the PRL period (Communist Poland 1945 – 1989), and it is a copy of the Austrian Viennese style schnitzel (not Wiener Schnitzel which is made from veal). ?Bigos? was already known in the sixteenth century, but, in fact, it was rather similar to contemporary ?goulash? ? just pieces of chopped meat. It did not evolve into the contemporary form ? dishes made of cabbage and meat ? until the eighteenth century.

Polish Cuisine. Picture source: smakiwroclawia.pl.

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Bobbin Lace Making Workshop

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

According to the legend, the first lace was woven by a spider on looms left by the weaver.

The woman was delighted when she saw the subtle weaves and wanted to make the same shape. To make her happy, her beloved made for her some bobbins.

And that was the beginning 🙂

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War cemeteries in Western Galicia.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Usually, when we think about the First World War in Europe the image of the western front line appears before our eyes. In France this conflict is called ‘the Great War’ and some of the famous battlefields were at Verdun, Marne and Ypres.

The Eastern European front line is sometimes forgotten and we should remember that  many battles  took place in the territories of today’s Poland.  When World War 1 ended in 1918, Poland was able to regain its independence, after many decades of foreign rule.

Polish people had been living under three partitions: Prussian, Austrian and Russian, and the Polish soldiers fought for all 3 of these armies, sometimes against each other. Just another dramatic fact in our turbulent history.

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War cemetery in Sieklówka.

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Szczawnica: modern spa resort in good, old style.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Szczawnica is a resort town, located about 100 kilometers south-east from Krakow. It is  well-known for being a tourist attraction since the mid-nineteenth century. Due to the presence of sorrel springs and the favorable climatic conditions, many respiratory and digestive tract illnesses are treated there.

Before the war the resort was owned by the Stadnicki family and since 2005 it has returned to the family descendants. Recently they managed to restore its former splendor and elegance.

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Szczawnica.

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PO Galicia Tour Video.

Friday, February 21st, 2014


Here it is. PO Galicia Tour video.


We have tried to fit in the five minutes all those emotions, landscapes, sounds, tastes and emotions that we have witnessed in last season of our tours in 2013.


We hope that our video will help you to feel this ambiance:

 


See more details about PO Galicia Tour, including dates available for 2014: http://galicia.polishorigins.com .


PolishOrigins Team

The Greek orthodox church of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hańczowa

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Hańczowa is a large village between Uście Gorlickie and Wysowa. As most of the villages in the area, it used to be inhabited by Lemkos.

The old, wooden church is located in the village center. It is the church of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary (in eastern tradition it is called Pokrov).

The oldest part of the church is its tower, built in the 18th century.  The remaining parts of the building were constructed in 19th century.

After the Vistula operation and the displacements of people the church was being used as a Roman catholic parish. As its condition was very bad, in 1956 there was the decision to demolish it. Fortunately at this time some Lemko families came back to their homeland and were pushing to obtain  and restore the building. In 1958 The orthodox parish had been re-established in Hańczowa.

In the interior there is a polychrome from the 19th century. The nave and sanctuary are separated by the  complete iconostasis – wall of icons and religious paintings, created by Antoni Bogdański and his sons: Michał and Zygmunt. They were the members of famous artists family, coming from Jaśliska (the little town in the South-Eatsern Poland), painting the icons in the whole Galicia area.

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The iconostasis in the orthodox church in Hańczowa. Source: http://cerkiew-hanczowa.pl/Start/Start.html

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St. Michael the Archangel Greek orthodox church in Pielgrzymka

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Pielgrzymka is a village located in South-East Poland, in Beskid Niski, a few miles near Nowy Żmigród.

Till 1946 it was the Lemko village. In 1785 Pielgrzymka was inhabited by 638 Greek Catholics, 48 Roman Catholics and 8 Jews. After 1947 during the “operation Vistula”, Boykos and Lemkos living in this part of Poland were forced by the communist authorities to displace to the western Polish territories. The church was abandoned and ruined. Some Lemko families came back to Pielgrzymka and in 1960 the orthodox parish had been re-established there.

The wooden church in Pielgrzymka was built at the end of 18th or in 19th century (the exact dates are not known). This is typical construction for the Łemko churches. The building is composed from three main parts: the presbytery, the nave and the vestibule, above which there is a belfry tower.

Inside, the walls are covered with polychrome paintings from the 19th century.

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The iconostasis in the orthodox church in Pielgrzymka. Source: http://cerkiew-pielgrzymka.pl/Start/Start.html

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