AT#441 – Travel to Poland (replay)

Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Chris Bogdon about his recent trip to Poland. Chris brought his kids and his parents to experience the country where his family came from. Chris did an overview of the country on a bus tour.

Chris started in Warsaw with the Saxon Gardens and the historic center of the city. Much of the city was rebuilt after the bitter fighting at the end of World War II and the Warsaw uprising destroyed 90% of the city. Chris’s tour visited the tomb of the unknown soldier. You may leave your heart in Warsaw (at Holy Cross church) like the composer Chopin did, although hopefully less literally.

On the way to Częstochowa they stopped at the pilgrimage site of Jasna Góra Monastery to see the black madonna. The monastery also holds items from Pope John Paul.

“In my opinion Krakow was one of the most beautiful places in Poland. I absolutely loved it. I probably could have spent two weeks just in Krakow. The old town square is a UNESCO world heritage site.” At St Mary’s Basilica there is a trumpet player that plays a song, but the song ends abruptly to remember the trumpet player who warned of an attack in the 13th century but was killed for his troubles. They also visited the Wawel Castle on the hill overlooking the city which was the traditional home of Polish Kings. They visited the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz where Schindler’s factory was located. They also visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine which is a UNESCO site and includes an entire cathedral carved from salt.

Chris also visited Zakopane which is the winter capital of Poland and the home to the Polish highlander culture and the source for a lot of Polish folk music.

Auschwitz (another UNESCO site) left a big impression on Chris as well as his son. Seeing all the abandoned items of some of the victims helped personalize the horror of the place. The site has a tape tour so that visitors can take it in at their own pace.

There tour also included the hometown of Pope John Paul. They saw more UNESCO sites in Wadowice, Świdnica and Toruń, and also visited the Baltic coast town of Gdańsk (formerly Danzig).

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Show Notes

Travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Episode 259

Poland Travel

Chopin Tours


Saxon Garden

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Uprising Monument

Holy Cross Church

Sofitel Warsaw Victoria


Jasna Góra Monastery


St. Mary’s Basilica

Wawel Castle

Radisson Blu, Krakow

Jagiellonian University


Wieliczka Salt Mine


Grand Hotel Stamary





Centennial Hall

St. Elizabeth’s Church


Churches of Peace


Hotel Bulwar

Toruń Gingerbread

Leaning Tower of Toruń



Gdańsk Shipyard

Solidarity Movement



Oliwa Cathedral

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