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Krakow (via beansandtoast)

I am back from a very cold, very wet, but very fun four days in Krakow. I'd been checking the weather forecast a couple of weeks before we left, and the five little "heavy rain" symbols in a row every day didn't look promising. At least the forecast was accurate though – it rained constantly, apart from a couple of half hour breaks, the whole time we were there. The weeks of rain have taken their toll on Krakow, and other parts of eastern Europe … Read More

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Being Jewish in the Krakow Jewish District (via The Adventures of D)

Being Jewish in the Krakow Jewish District On my second full day in Krakow, I decided to do my walkabout. I knew there were places I wanted to go — mostly the locations on the map marked with a Jewish star, also known as the Jewish District. I know Poland is seeped with a terrible history as it relates to Jews (and many other religions, cultures, etc.), and it makes my heart heavy to think that such a beautiful place has such sad stories behind it. The Jewish District is one of those pla … Read More

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Castle of the week Ogrodzieniec Castle Poland (via Heraldic Times Blog)

Castle of the week Ogrodzieniec Castle Poland Ogrodzieniec Castle stands proudly among limestone crags at the highest point of the Krakow Upland at an elevation of 500 Meters. The Castle itself lies 2 km East of the town of Ogrodzieniec, a small town in the province of Silesia in southern Poland. The castle lies on what is known as “The Trail of the Eagles’ Nests” Szlak Orlich Gniazd in polish, named after a chain of 25 medieval castles which are perched high on tall rocks between Czestochow … Read More

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Poland & UK, as close as family.

KRAKOW TOURSUK foreign secretary William Hague said that relations between Poland and Britain were sometimes as close as family, after a meeting with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw last night.

Sikorski and Hague met for discussions on the situation in Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East as well as issues related to the EU’s foreign policy and energy security.

Radoslaw Sikorski and William Hague praised the decision of the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran in protest against Tehran’s nuclear ambitions – comprising of penalties which will hugely affect the banking sector in that country.

“Poland and Great Britain have been allies for years. Recently this alliance was strengthened due to the presence of a large Polish community in Great Britain,” Sikorski said after the meeting last night. “I would like to give thanks for the positive attitude towards Poles in Great Britain, though I hope they will in time come back to Poland, speaking fluent English but working in their home country.”

Foreign secretary Hague also underlined the importance of the presence of the Polish community, who flocked there in their hundreds of thousands after Poland joined the EU in 2004.

“Those who work [in the UK] were, and are, always welcome. It is their presence which has enhanced the good, often family-like relations between our two countries,” he said.

William Hague also expressed solidarity with Poland in connection with the Smolensk plane crash and the floods.

The visit to Warsaw was part of a European tour by the new foreign secretary, which has taken in Paris, Rome and Berlin. His first trip abroad, however, was to Washington directly after forming the Lib-Con coalition in the UK in May – reflecting the foreign policy priorities of the new government in Downing Street.

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Polish Legends # 6 – The Pigeons of Krakow (Ver 1)

KRAKOW TOURS – When it comes to Polish cities, Krakow certainly has the highest pigeon-per-square-foot rate.

The Krakow pigeons – mostly residing on the Main Square – have become one of the city’s symbols, and many-a-legend has been told about their impact on Krakow’s history.

It seems, though, that it’s only the Krakow tourists who are so fond of the pigeons, and many inhabitants seem to feel that they do more harm than good. Apart from the obvious threat they might pose to the landing and starting airplanes of the Krakow Airport, the pigeons are also a threat to the city’s landmarks, especially when it comes to aesthetics.

Anyway, tradition is tradition, and hardly anyone can imagine Krakow without its pigeons.

Back in the medieval ages, Poland was divided into several regions of relative autonomy – this period of “Regional Disintegration” lasted between the 12th and 14th centuries, and the lack of a strong central authority weakened the Polish lands. No wonder then, that Henry IV, a Polish prince residing in Krakow, decided to try and become the king of all of the Polish lands. As it usually happens in legends, Henry contacted a witch, who told the Krakow prince that to achieve his goal, he should go alone to Rome and present the pope with a large quantity of gold. She offered him assistance – she turned the prince’s knights into pigeons, and they quickly flew all the way up to theSt Mary’s Church’s tower, and started to rip out small parts of the stone and bricks, that fell on the ground turned into gold. Having collected enough, Henry left Krakow, leaving his knights-pigeons behind to keep the city safe. However, the Krakow prince never got to Rome – he spent all of his gold on girls, food and drink, got lost along the way, and never even returned to Krakow. Poland wasn’t re-united until Wladyslaw Lokietek was crowned Polish king in theWawel Cathedral in 1320, and Henry’s knights are still waiting for their king on the Main Square.

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