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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 9 – September 3, 2015.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

As my trip to Poland begins to wind down, the remaining days are devoted to sightseeing mostly.  Today, we went to the famous pilgrimage site of the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, Poland.  It was here in 1655 that a small contingent of friars, Polish nobles and volunteers fought off the numerically superior Swedish force of German mercenaries for a month inspiring the Poles to rise up and sweep the Swedes out of Poland.  Legend has it that the inspiration for this valiant defense was a famous religious icon known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa which has been housed in the Monastery since at least the 1300s.

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The Black Madonna with the protective screen.

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Poland Trip 2015. Part 11. The Black Madonna of Częstochowa

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

(…)Pawel picked this up again to take us on the pilgrimage to see the Black Madonna of Częstochowa.

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Exterior painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa

I’m not a very religious man, and I don’t believe in coincidences. As I mentioned earlier, my maternal grandmother was the very reason why I was so interested in Poland and my Polish ancestry. Our date to take our pilgrimage was not set in stone and decided  last-minute. September 7 was the 30th anniversary of my maternal grandmother’s passing. How appropriate that our pilgrimage occurred on this date! This weighed heavily on me as we toured the Jasna Gora monastery grounds. Taking a tour of the church and seeing the opening and closing of the Black Madonna was an incredible experience.

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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.

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Padre Simon

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3 Men and a Mom: Finding our Polish Family. Day 8

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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After some more żurek for breakfast (!) we headed back to the records office in Bolesław.

Żurek for breakfast

Żurek for breakfast

Armed only with old family names from the late 1800’s, we headed to the town archives to try our luck locating relatives still living in the area. Luckily the clerk was cooperative and bent some rules by showing us more recent birth, death & marriage records.

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15. Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Day 5.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

On day 5 we On our next day, we took a drive west to Zywiec where Żywiec beer is made. There were several ways to get there, so we choose to drive a road that went over the Slovakia border (formerly Czechoslovakia) and then back into Poland. We didn’t know what to expect at the border and had our passports ready but there was no special checkpoint at the border. In fact, we didn’t even realize that we crossed into Slovakia until we were already across the border. Once we were in town, however, we could tell that we were no longer in Poland. Zenon said that all of the signs and the radio were now in Slovakian. I didn’t know enough Polish to notice a difference. The biggest difference that I noticed was the change in architecture from our Polish mountain towns. We saw few of the charming alpine style houses that are so common in Odrowaz and other villages in the Podhale region and more plain concrete structures. Slovakia is part of the European Union and now uses the euro for currency. Zenon explained that people would travel across the border to shop in Slovakia, but now it is reversed. The euro is stronger than the Polish zloty, so now people cross into Poland to shop! By the way, the exchange rate is roughly 3 zloty for each American dollar, so we are finding that prices are quite affordable here – though I have done almost no shopping yet!

On the outskirts of town we encountered a haywagon; a typical site in the country towns of this area.

A hay wagon

A hay wagon

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