On the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in the European theatre, it seems appropriate to share images from the Westerplatte Monument, one of the places where it all began.
Few Polish delicacies are as synonymous with a city as Torun gingerbread. Pierniki toruńskie is sold everywhere in the old town in every imaginable form – pre-packaged, freshly baked, chocolate-coated, with a jam core, topped with icing, heart-shaped, six-lobed (‘Katarzynki‘), the list goes on. Over the centuries, kings, visiting dignitaries and even a pontiff were served […]
A trip to Biskupin rarely features on most visits to Poland, but it wasn’t far from the Poznań-Gniezno-Toruń route that I was taking through the country. An Iron Age settlement that was discovered in 1933, reconstructed and turned into an open-air museum, its proximity to other sites related to the founding of the Polish nation was quite fitting (for more […]
Every summer, Gdansk plays host to St Dominic’s Fair (Jarmark św. Dominika – link in Polish only). It’s one of the most significant cultural events in Europe, and with a history that goes back more than 750 years, it’s also one of the oldest. St Dominic’s Fair used to begin on the saint’s feast day of 4 August. These […]
Saturday night in Warsaw was fun but I was up before anyone else in the hostel. I had a Lublin-bound train to catch. On my way out, the receptionist and I bantered. ‘What’s the hurry? Stay here a little longer, there’s nothing much there.’ Both of us knew that she was joking, of course. It’s an old city […]
In the early 15th Century, King Władysław II Jagiełło invited the Ruthenian master Andrej and his school to the Lublin royal castle to paint a mural that covered the Holy Trinity chapel from the floor to the vault. When the work was finished in 1418, Andrei signed his name on the arch and moved on, probably to the next commission. What the master […]