Posts Tagged ‘Daniel’

Follow the oak trees (part 3)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The next day we drove to Wesiory, the Polish Stonehenge. The stones mark a Goth burial ground from about the first to the third century. We touched the stones and Daniel read us some history on Wesiory. The sizes of the burial mounds vary from four to sixteen meters. The creation of the burial grounds is connected with the so-called Wielbark culture. It was interesting to see the Polish Stonehenge nestled right beside a lake.

 

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Follow the oak trees (part 2)

Monday, July 8th, 2019

On our way back to Poland, we stopped at the Trakai Castle, a castle on Lake Galve. Construction started in the 14th century and Trakai was one of the main centers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The castle held great strategic importance to the Duchy. The castle suffered major devastation during an attack by the Teutonic Knights in 1377. We also took a cruise on Lake Galve, where we could see how the Castle was protected and surrounded by the Lake. It was a very beautiful castle, with stunning stained glass windows and an interesting history.

 

 

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Follow the oak trees (part 1)

Friday, June 28th, 2019

My trip actually started out in Ukraine, where my daughter and I went to see the villages, where my family were born and lived in Volhynia. At that time the villages were part of Russia. I had booked a tour with Volhynian Adventure Tours with Alex Brzhezytsky being our tour guide.

Prior to my Polish trip, I found information that my relatives were Masurian, Polish Lutherans, (Evangelical) who lived in the northern part of Poland dating back to the late 1700s. At first, this confused me, as Poland is mainly Roman Catholic, and I knew that my family were Lutheran, yet we were Polish, so that took some research to figure out. Hence my trip consisted of cemetery tours, seeing my villages, and also diving into the Archives.

Upon the appointed day of our arrival in Poland, Alex drove us across the Ukrainian/Polish border where we had to meet up with our tour guide Daniel Paczkowski from Polish Origins, who was going to drive us to all of the villages in Poland that were decided upon prior to our arrival. This trip was personalised to suit whatever and wherever I wanted to go, and was 14 days long. So much preparation went into this trip via Aleksander Zawilski, (from Polish Origins) who organized my tour based on my family villages, and which ones; as come to find out there are many villages in Poland with the same name.

 

 

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