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Poland, 2014

Mark and I traveled to Poland in May of 2014.  It was our first time to visit this country and I am embarrassed to say that my expectations were based on erroneous thinking.  I suspected the country would be dark, depressed and rather shabby.  The research on the internet didn’t prepare me for this amazing and beautiful country.

The above photos are from the Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the largest tourist attractions in Poland and the exterior of the Wawel Castle in Krakow.

We landed in Krakow after a fourteen day transatlantic cruise and were greeted by a friendly taxi driver who made us feel like his long-lost cousins.  He gave us very good advice and took pride in his homeland.  His was a great first impression!

We stayed at the Hotel Columbus which was a lovely European style hotel with all the luxuries of a four star facility.  It is also within easy walking distance to the Old Town and the Jewish area of Kaszimeriz.

The highlights of our stay were:

The beautiful churches, cathedrals and synagogues

The Salt Mines of

Schindlers’ Factory which is now an amazing museum dedicated to the Nazi occupation of Krakow

A visit to a Skansen which is an outdoor folk museum showing life from the 17th-19th centuries in a country setting

A visit to my husband’s grandfather’s village of Zawoja

I will be writing more about these experiences, but they can be seen in a book I put on Amazon.com, if you are interested in this area of Poland.  The food is outstanding and everything is relatively inexpensive.  We had a nice dinner for two with wine or beer for about $15 for two!  Please send a comment or email me if you have any questions.  I love giving advice on how to travel and have been very successful at finding great bargains.

Click here for more information on the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Bronislaw-Gawels-Story-Gawell/dp/1518813585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473477202&sr=8-1&keywords=gawell+donna

I also wrote a book on a more recent trip to Poland which featured meeting cousins in their villages.  We were treated like royalty.  By the way, I speak about five words of Polish, so don’t let a lack of knowing the native language stop you.  Please know that these two books are really intended for the family’s appreciation but they might inspire you to travel to this beautiful country!

Click here for more information on my book from our May, 2016 trip to Poland.

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Donna-Gawells-Trip-Poland/dp/1533411921/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1473477458&sr=8-2&keywords=gawell+donna