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Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 13: Back home.

Friday, July 4th, 2014

May 8, 2014

We left the agro-tourism at 8:30am. It was a 5 drive to Warsaw. We drove through the Swietokrzyskie Province. That was quite interesting to me as at one point I was the webmaster of this Province for PolandGenWeb. Zenon was kind enough to drive us to the airport hotel. We stayed at the Marriott, which is directly across the street from the Chopin airport. I can’€™t say enough good things about Zenon and his company PolishOrigins. We started our trip to Poland with the fantastic Magda Smolka and finished with the most excellent Zenon Znamirowski.  Thank you for making this a genealogical trip of a lifetime!

Travel home

Travel home


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 12: Adam and Halina.

Friday, July 4th, 2014

May 7, 2014

We spent the morning at a Skansen, which is an open air museum. It was very interesting to learn the true beginnings of the people of this area. Definitely a must-see for genealogical tourists who have family in the area. We always say that our ancestors came from Poland. But, where did our Polish ancestors come from?  The Skansen tells all.


Carpathian Troy skansen


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 11: Meeting with Anna Krok.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

May 6, 2014

Went to the church office in Debica. A kindly sister helped us look through the church registry. It was quite comical as at one point a priest came in and told her we were taking up too much of her time. I just kept smiling and she kept looking in the old books. She was so nice to us!!


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 10: Podgrodzie and Sieklówka.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

May 5, 2014

Was picked up by Zenon promptly at 9am. We drove off toward Podgrodzie. The town is on a hillside overlooking the Carpathian foothills. What a beautiful part of Poland. We then drove on to Debica, stopped in the church St. Jadwiga to take pictures.

Church in Dębica

Church in Dębica


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 9: Kraków… and more.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

April 30, 2014

We went to Auschwitz and Birkenau, this is a UNESCO world heritage site. We saw the same teens from Israel that had walked there from Krakow that we saw at the hotel in Warsaw.  Very touching to see them honor their fallen ancestors. They are all wearing the Israel flag around their shoulders.


We saw the same teens from Israel that had walked there from Krakow…


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 8: Polish mountains.

Monday, June 30th, 2014

April 29, 2014

Woke up to partly cloudy skies. Lovely view of the ski resort out our hotel room window. We ate a nice breakfast at the hotel, checked out, and took the 2 hour bus tour of Zakopane.


Tatra Mountains


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 7: Częstochowa.

Friday, June 27th, 2014

April 28, 2014

On the bus to Czestochowa , we left at 7:30am, it is raining. We made it to Czestochowa  by 11am. We took a tour with a monk, his name was Padre Simon.


Padre Simon


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 6: Back in Warsaw.

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

April 26, 2014

Got up and had our last breakfast at the agro business, they served delicious homemade strawberry jam. When we checked out they brought me gifts of crocheted butterflies and a crocheted doily!

I was so touched, they were Super to us!

Magda drove us back to Warsaw.


With Magda


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 5: Skansen and meeting with family.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

April 25, 2014

Breakfast at the agro-business, again perfect.  If you are ever in the area stay here, the owners speak English. Since our research was done, we went to a Skansen.


Skansen in Sierpc


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 4: Ciechanów and Mława.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

April 24, 2014

Had another great day researching with Magda Smolka. We started the day with a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and an assortment of cheese, breads and fruit. Then it was on to Ciechanow and Mlawa to search in the archives.


In the archives.