The man in question: one of several portraits which vary wildly in quality.

The Pope’s Kayak

We have been to Krakow often enough that we are starting to seek out the smaller tourist attractions. These are often the best, anyway. Or at least the oddest. Our goal for a couple of extra hours we had last weekend was to visit the medieval art collection at the National Museum at the Bishop…

Lots of Christmas wreaths and candles.

Krakow’s Christmas Market

Poland is not generally known for its Christmas markets. In fact, I’d been told by many people here not to expect too much of them—maybe because our previous post was Vienna! While most Polish markets can’t compete with those in Austria or Germany, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Old Town market in Warsaw. It’s…

donald trump

World, Meet Our Crazy Uncle

Dear World, We were kind of hoping you wouldn’t have to meet him. But, it looks like he’s gone and introduced himself already. He’s that guy. That uncle that is a part of nearly every American family. (If you are white and from the southern half of the country, you’ve probably got two or three…

Photo from Amazon.

Winter is Coming: Let There Be Light!

Technically, winter is still three weeks away. But it is already cold and gray as all get-out here in Warsaw. The first few flakes of snow have fallen. Sure looks like winter to me. By the time winter is actually chronologically, here, it’s going to be colder still, with an average high temperature of 31 degrees…

Westminster Abbey.

Halfway Home

Last week we hopped a cheap flight to London to visit our son for his birthday. The trip was well-timed! I’m not a Third Culture Person, a global nomad, or whatever you want to call it. Though my country seems to be losing its collective mind and conscience lately, I still identify strongly as an…

A heavenly chorus.

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Medievalpalooza at the National Museum

We’re settling into a routine here, of yummy Sunday lunches (pumpkin soup! poppy seed torte!) followed by a museum visit. Survival skills for northern climes, what can I say. The National Museum in Warsaw doesn’t look like much from the outside. Completed in 1938, the building is your basic between-the-wars-box. But such cool stuff on…

The market square today.

From the Ashes of War: More About Wroclaw

Dwarfs may be the best thing about Wroclaw, but they are not the only attraction! The city has a unique history, to say the least. Until World War II, Wroclaw was known as Breslau and was clearly German, having first been part of Bohemia, then the Prussian kingdom, then the German empire.

Memorial plaque to those killed in the Uprising.

Halloween at a Polish Cemetery

Halloween has not really made it to Poland yet. Which is fine with me. I mean, Halloween is OK and all, but it’s gotten kind of out of control in the USA, in my opinion, and become yet another Pinterest holiday that is fun for everyone but Mom. But I digress. Here, the day afterwards, November…

Wroclovek, or Wroclaw Lover, guards the entrance to the tiny Dwarf Museum.

Wroclaw’s Dwarfs

Here is one great way to “trail.” When your spouse has a business trip, grab a bag and go along! The hotel is free, and the train tickets are cheap, so why not? Last weekend, a business trip took us to Wroclaw. So, of course, we had to go dwarf-hunting! Wroclaw’s dwarfs (or gnomes, as we…

Jan Sobieski bridge.

Fall Day at Łazienki Królewskie

We are so lucky that our apartment is just a few minutes’ walk from Łazienki park! The Polish name, Łazienki Królewskie, means “royal baths,” from a bath house that was once located there. Though the park has a long history, most of the gardens, palaces, and other structures located within it date from the 18th century. It’s…

Love this artwork.

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Jewish History Museum

This past Sunday really was gray. And cold. And raining. A good day to visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Jewish ghetto that was established by the Nazis in 1940, and then razed by them after the Warsaw Uprising in 1943. POLIN is not your average…