11. Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Day1.

After an overnight stay in Brussels, we finally took off for Krakow. My first glimpse of Poland was from the air and I was surprised to see how the crops were planted. As far as I could see were long strips, making an interesting design of the land.

Polish farmland approaching Krakow

Polish farmland approaching Krakow

When we arrived at the Krakow airport, Zenon was waiting for us with smiles and quickly whisked us off to Old Town Krakow for a visit to the Ethnographic Museum. The museum was dedicated to the culture and ways of life in Poland, particularly the Podhale region. Here we saw a reconstruction of an actual home, mill, and school from the region, all from the original materials and items. We also saw many of the beautiful costumes worn in different regions.

Afterward, we took a beautiful drive south toward the mountains to the Nowy Targ county area. The rolling hills reminded me of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, while the thin pines reminded me of Alaska! Odrowaz is a beautiful small country village, hidden in the hills. Our guest house was number 38, but the house numbers are not in order, so it took us a little time to locate it. We stopped a nice gentleman who was tending to several cows, and he directed us back to the correct road and we were there in no time. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by several sheep who bleated their hellos to us. We quickly dropped off our bags and went off to look for something for dinner.

Our Guest House

Our Guest House

We found a nice open-air bar that reminded me of a combination of beach side hangout and rustic Alaska cabin, complete with sod roof. Here I had my first REAL Polish Kielbasa! Soon the jet lag set in and I was nodding off before we even got back to the guest house.

Where we had our first meal

Where we had our first meal

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2 Responses to “11. Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Day1.”

  1. Veronica Layo says:

    Hi Shellie, are we related?
    veronica

  2. Veronica Gaudlip (Kadlub) Layo says:

    I have been reading over your travel diary. It sounds like we may be related in some way. please contact me as I would love to speak with you. contact me at my email address and I will give you my phone number.
    thank you in advance for your consideration.
    Veronica, granddaughter of Andras and Veronica Kadlub

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