Bialowieza

Strolling Through the Forest, Bialowieza Forest, Poland

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The Białowieża Forest has been on our bucket list for years. It is one of the few remaining primeval forests in Europe and the last stronghold of the wisent, the European bison. With our return to Lithuania and Poland, it was finally within reach. We reserved a tour months in…

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Auschwitz

Death Gate of Birkenau, Oswiecim, Poland

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No matter what it refers to, a million is difficult to comprehend. A million miles. A million dollars. A million people. A million lives. The Nazis built their most infamous death camp on Polish land, expelling the local population from Oświęcim in order to use army barracks for their prisoners. Over…

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Krakow

Pierogi, Krakow, Poland

August 11 – 25, 2016 (Summer) Kraków is by far the top tourist destination in Poland. Its Old Town and castle buildings survived World War II relatively unscathed, though many of its people did not. It is a challenging place to categorize. It is a city that lives almost entirely in…

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Warsaw

Sign by Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland

July 28 – August 11, 2016 (Summer) We didn’t know what to expect from Poland, just that we wanted to go and see if there was some sort of a personal connection. The name Tarchenski is a bit of a mouthful for folks in Northern Illinois, despite the sizable Polish population.…

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