Posts Tagged ‘Podkarpackie District’

Dawn and Walter’s trip to Poland and Slovakia. July 9, 2018 – On to Slovakia.

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

 

We met Lucjan in the dining room around 7:45 and again had the huge breakfast buffet set out for us. We made sure to take advantage of what was set out, though I steered clear of the pâté and pork jelly. Walter and I ate a more traditional American breakfast and Lucjan, in what I am assuming was a more European way, had his breakfast, maybe including the pork jelly. No matter what continent we had come from we all indulged in the baked goods. Walter and Lucjan had discovered the joys of a Nespresso commercial coffee machine, one in which the coffee has the cream added at just the right temperature to create a masterpiece of coffee the day before. This morning they again made good use of it and by the end of our breakfast they were both suitably caffeinated and ready to go.

The route of the third day of the tour.

 

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Dawn and Walter’s trip to Poland and Slovakia. July 8, 2018 – Cousins, cousins everywhere.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

 

Having been treated to a quiet and cool evening’s sleep we woke up raring to go. We headed down to meet Lucjan for breakfast and to check out the breakfast buffet that was included with our stay. I walked into the dining area and absolutely couldn’t believe my eyes, there was the biggest buffet of any type that I had ever seen.

 

The biggest breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen.

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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!

 

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 6 – August 31, 2015.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Today started very slowly and painfully due to full and enthusiastic participation in vodka bottle passing tradition at the harvest festival.  Thankfully, we had the good sense to have cousin Danuta’s daughter, Paulina, drive us to our hotel last night and she picked us back up in the morning so we could retrieve our car.  Before we left I explained to Danuta that I wanted to walk down to the river and grab some rocks for Dad’s rock polishing machine from the river bed – and I’m glad I did.

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The Wisloka River in Zarzecze.

 

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 5 – August 30, 2015.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Today is Sunday so it was obviously a good day day to visit the church in Debowiec where Wojciech Michnal and generations before and after him were baptized, attended mass, etc.  We went to the 9am mass which was well attended.  In fact, it was so crowded that we had to stand in back while dozens of others stood outside the church where audio of the mass is amplified over speakers outside.  The Church is called St. Bartholomew’s and it was built relatively recently (1838-1848).  The outside is plainer than most in this region but the inside is beautiful.

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Exterior of St. Bartholomew in Debowiec (where Michnal family would have worshipped).

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 4 – August 29, 2015.

Monday, September 12th, 2016

 

Today was about two things primarily:  (1) A return to the Debowiec Parish office to further explore my Lesniak origin theory and (2) the Jaslo Wine Festival

Both were worthwhile pursuits.

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 3 – August 28, 2015.

Friday, September 9th, 2016

 

Today was much more low-key than the excitement that was an explosion of new knowledge regarding the Michnal side of my family from yesterday.  While we compile the info (read: while Zen compiles the information) that we learned yesterday, we decided to do a little sight-seeing.

Podkarpackie, the region in which Zarzecze exists, is probably the most rural area of Poland.  It is known for only a few things other than its natural beauty.  First, the area was the center of the Polish petroleum industry as it is (or was) rich in oil and natural gas.  Second, it is the area where Eastern Culture and the Eastern Orthodoxy meet Western Culture and Catholicism.  Third, its border with Slovakia along the length of the Carpathian Mountains has its lowest pass in this entire mountain range meaning it has a long history as a trade route between Hungary and Poland (the good part) and a long history of raiders and major battles over this strategic position (the bad part).

 

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Me and a Russian T-34 tank

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 2 – August 27, 2015.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

 

My sleep timing is out of sorts and I woke up at 4am.  I watched the sun rise from my hotel room while I did battle with a bee.  There is no AC in the hotel and it is dreadfully hot in Poland now.  It was near 90 degrees today and there is no relief in sight.  Eventually I met Zen for breakfast. The meal consisted of cold cuts, coffee, fruit, scrambled eggs and a lemon coffee cake.  This is more than I usually eat before 8pm at home.

We set off before nine to meet out local genealogist, Marek, at the parish administration office in Debowiec. The parishioners of Zarzecze, where Wojciech Michnal is from, belonged to this parish and any records regarding births, deaths, marriages, etc. would have been recorded here.

The good news is that the Catholic Church in Poland was very good at recording such things.  The bad news is that the Germans, Russians, Swedes, Cassocks, Tartars, Turks, Ukrainians, Romanians, etc. have had an annoying habit of invading Poland and destroying everything in their paths.  Thankfully, the parish priests in Debowiec are friendly toward those in my situation and are more than willing to share what has survived with us.

>On the way to the offices, we pass through the village of Zarzecze which is little more than an extension of Debowiec across the Wisloka River.  We stopped for the obligatory picture with the Zarzecze sign:

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Me as I enter the birthplace of my great grandfather Wojciech Michnal for the first time.

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 1 – Flight into Krakow, settle into my hotel

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

 

I booked the trip through PolishOrigins.com, a company that specializes in heritage-type trips for people who are exploring their Polish heritage and are researching their family trees.  The company was started by Zenon Znamirowski, a Polish guy about 40 years old and he has been doing this for many years now.  Although he has several other guides going at the same time with various groups, he personally took care of my trip acting as my driver, interpreter, and genealogy guide…as well as a great tour guide and travel companion in Poland generally.  I had shared a lot of info with him that I already had discovered prior to making my final arrangements and we discussed my goals and interests extensively before for the trip. Armed with this knowledge he had visits set up at various parishes, museums, etc. before I even left.

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Poland Trip 2015. Part 7. Pysznica, Kopki, Rudnik & Lublin. Poland

Friday, March 4th, 2016

(…) If you’re visiting Poland, and know where your ancestors came from, I would highly suggest visiting those locations. I spent a considerable amount of time walking around Pysznica on foot, shopping in the local stores, talking with the staff and dining in local restaurants.

Wherever I’m there, I try to visit the family farm that my ancestors have owned and lived on for the last 400 years. That itself is surreal, knowing that many generations of my paternal family walked that very ground.

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Original family farm

Prior to leaving, it became somewhat of a joke between my cousin Gienek and I stating ‘Don’t you know who we are? We’re Mierzwa’s, we ruled this town!’ We were able joke and say that because at one point in time, our ancestors were actually mayors of the city.

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