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October Galicia Tour. Day 9: Auschwitz museum and farewell dinner.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

At the last day our group had a half day trip to the Concentration Camp Museum in Auschwitz and Birkenau.

In the evening we all met on the farewell dinner at the hotel.

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A night view of the Wawel castle from the hotel. Picture: Kristin Boucher



October Galicia Tour. Day 8: Wieliczka Salt Mine and Ethnographic Museum

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

This day our group visited wonderful underground world of salt chambers and sculptures in Wieliczka Salt Mine.

>Our second proposition was The Ethnographic Museum in Krakow. Located in Kazimierz area, in the ancient town hall. The museum was renovated a few years ago, combining the old, valuable collections of traditional culture relict with modern ethnographic and anthropological perspectives.

It was a kind of the resume of our trip to Galicia and the world of our ancestor’s everyday life. The museum presents the houses interiors of different regions, Polish traditional costumes but also spiritual culture and traditional art.


Traditional clothes in Ethnographic museum in Kraków. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins.



October Galicia Tour. Day 7: Kraków

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

After breakfast group left Podhale for Krakow. We had a guided tour through the Old Town, Wawel Castle and many other places.


A walk on  Main Market square. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins.



October Galicia Tour. Day 6: Dunajec Castle in Niedzica and Dunajec River Raft

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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Dunajec Castle in Niedzica. Picture: Kristin Boucher

Today our group visited Pieniny Mountains, where on both river banks, are located two castles: in Czorsztyn (on the historic Polish side, but today only the ruins remained) and Niedzica Castle, an important center of Polish-Hungarian relations since the 14th century. We had a guided tour there.



October Galicia Tour. Day 5: Tatra Mountains and Zakopane

Monday, November 25th, 2013

A view to the Tatra Mountains from Gubałówka. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins.

In Zakopane our group travelled up to Gubalowka mountain by trail carriages, visited Tatra Museum and the old cemetery. Our guests had a free time and a great opportunity to do shopping in the outdoor market. In the late afternoon we had dinner in one of the Zakopane restaurants with live Gorals band music.



October Galicia Tour. Day 4: Ancient History and Nature. Heading for the Tatra Mountains.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

This day our group visited Carpathian Troy and Magura National Park Museum. On the way to Podhale we have stopped to see the cemetery from the First World War in Nowy Żmigród.


At the First World War’s cemetery. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins.



October Galicia Tour. Day 3: Polish Nobility Day

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

A visit in Łańcut Castle, the traces of the vanished world of Polish nobility. It is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland, sometimes called the Potocki Palace, since that family lived here for a few generations.

The palace was built in 1628-1641 by Stanisław Lubomirski, and  rebuilt in 1894-1903 in the style of French Neo-baroque. It is  famous for its excellent interiors, orangery, and extraordinarily interesting collection of horse-drawn carriages. The palace complex is surrounded by an old and picturesque park in the English style filled with pavilions and farm buildings, all part of the former daily life of the castle.

As the photography is not allowed in the castle, we are presenting some pictures from the museum’s website:

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Łańcut Castle. Picture source:



The Three Sisters Trip. Friday July 26th.

Monday, November 18th, 2013

This is our last day.  We were up early for breakfast and out to see the curator of the Nowy Zmidgrod museum.  He had gathered books, post cards, pamphlets and anything he could find that showed the history of the area.  He told us that our great grandfather and his father were tailors who had a shop in the stores across from our hotel.  He also walked us down to the street where their house used to be.  How great was that!


We had to be on our way back to Rzeszow for our final night in Poland and somehow we managed to pack everything into the SUV.  We said our good-byes to Zenon and tried to express to him what a fantastic time we had on this trip.

He’s a gem!  This was one of the best trips I have ever taken.  We had so many laughs and smiles together ? it was joyous.


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The Three Sisters Trip. Thursday July 25th.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Today was a whirlwind day!  First we made an appointment to see the curator of the local museum to see the history of the town of Nowy Zmigrod.


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The Three Sisters Trip. Wednesday July 24th.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Today we would have said goodbye to Zenon, but we hired him for two more nights of genealogical research.

After a quick stop to pick up a Polish dog my sister bought (we are serious shoppers) we were on our way to Nowy Zmidgrod.