Warsaw

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Poland, Warsaw | 0 comments

Warsaw

The capital and largest city of Poland, Warsaw sits on the Vistula River, 160 miles from the Baltic Sea. Nearly destroyed in World War II, the ancient city has risen from the rubble to become an economic hub for Eastern and Central Europe and a popular destination for tourists from around the world. Throughout Warsaw you will see many examples of  50’s Soviet-era Stalinist block-style architecture used to quickly build large government office and apartment buildings to replace those destroyed in the war.  There has also been an attempt...

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Krakow

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Krakow, Poland | 0 comments

Krakow

The tune floats down from the high tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, every hour on the hour, as it has for centuries, drifting across the grand market square of the Rynek Glowny. The iconic trumpet anthem of Krakow is just one tradition in this historic city.  Krakow dates back to the 7th century and was Poland’s medieval capital.  The entire city center with its well-preserved “Old Town,”  was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, one of the first sites thus inscribed.  Here one can visit Europe’s largest medieval market square in the...

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Gdansk

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Gdansk, Poland | 0 comments

Gdansk

Over the past thousand years, the venerable port city of Gdansk has known both tumult and prosperity. Its excellent coastal location and periods of religious tolerance, at least during the city’s Renaissance “golden age”, helped Gdansk become a wealthy trading center, a cultural melting pot, and an influential European city. A walk through its beautifully restored streets will give the visitor a good feel for this lovely Baltic city. Now a city of nearly a half million people, Gdansk (called Danzig by the Germans) is Poland’s principal...

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