Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
|2:44 PM -- we are driving away from our house to go to lunch and realize|
that the Great Pumpkin delivery is in progress!
|A recent year's great pumpkin was over 1000 pounds.|
|Delivered to a house on Granger... where the people give out around 1000 full-sized candy bars.|
If I see the carved version, I'll follow up with a photo.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
|Downspout, Krakow castle.|
|Downspout, Wilanow Palace, Warsaw.|
|Old Warsaw shop sign|
|Closeup of previous dragons on Krakow castle.|
|Chinoiserie was evidently popular in Poland in the 18th|
century, as it was in other parts of Europe.
So one also sees Chinese dragons.
|Protector of Warsaw: an armed mermaid.|
The Warsaw mermaid is another popular figure, with this statue in the Old City as the model for many other representations of mermaids. She originally lived in the Vistula river, bothering the fishermen, but was convinced to become the city's defender. Given how often Poland has lost wars, I wonder if they should have looked for a more effective fighter?
|The official mermaid taxi logo in Warsaw tells you the cab is licensed.|
|Old City shop sign|
|Here's a sphinx from the garden at Wilanow Palace.|
A change from dragons and mermaids.
|Beautiful, fanciful angels decorate Maria's Church in Krakow.|
|Maria's Church, Krakow|
|Wall decoration, Wilanow Palace|
|And at the farmers market: a different fanciful animal.|
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sunday our Warsaw hosts accompanied us to the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened earlier this year. It's an expressive and very beautiful building on an open and park-like space. Under the grass, if you dig down, you would find the bricks and rubble from the Warsaw Ghetto that stood there until the Ghetto Uprising and the final destruction of all the buildings there.
|On the other side of the monument from the memorial to the fighters, is a memorial to all those who perished.|
"Although it chronicles centuries of Jewish history in Poland, the museum was not an exclusively Jewish undertaking. The Polish government, Jewish groups and private donors worked together to raise roughly $100 million. The city provided the land free of charge and, along with the federal government, covered the construction costs. The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland raised money for the permanent exhibition, which was not ready for this week’s soft opening but will be ready next year."
|Krakow viewed from a window of the castle.|
|Wilanow Palace, Warsaw.|
|Wilanow Palace: a view across the courtyard.|
|From the window of Wilanow Palace|
|One of many towers of Wilanow Palace, Warsaw|
|Royal Palace, Warsaw, totally destroyed in World War II,|
rebuilt around 1980.
|Palace in the park at night: where we heard a Mozart concert.|
|The Palace of Culture -- a gift from Stalin to the people of Warsaw in the 1950s.|
What they really wanted was a subway. What Stalin really wanted was something visible.
Modern skyscrapers in the background: today's palaces?
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
As in most places where tourists go, Poland offers lots of souvenirs: woodcarvings and other folk art; jewelry, especially made from Baltic Amber; dolls of various kinds, and special ceramics with multi-floral designs and geometric designs. On my trip last week, I bought little, but found the shop windows very enjoyable.
|Nesting wood dolls are made in Poland as well as in Russia|
|The folk-art market in Krakow, shown here in the evening, offers dozens of stalls with a wide selection of souvenirs.|
|Inside the Krakow market|
|A flower market, with both fresh and dry flowers, was in the square outside the Krakow market |
when we walked by on Saturday morning just after arriving by train.
|Wood carvings also frequently decorate shops and restaurants in the Old City.|
I like these modern figures.