Nov. 1, 2016, 15:13 Frombork time, 10:13 NY time. Frombork, Poland
Back to blogging. We were at Wolf’s Lair in the Prussian forest for a few days, and our hotel had little to no internet, so that is why the lapse in posts.
I feel really proud of ourselves. We’ve gotten off the usual American tourist trail and are way up in the northeast of Poland, on the Baltic Sea, and about 11.6 miles from the Russian border. Of course this still is a tourist area, but more frequented by Europeans than Americans. Frombork seems to be a summer town, and here we are, very off-season. But still, I feel quite adventurous to be here today.
To play a little catch up I’ll show you some pictures I said I would in an earlier post. Remember I said Warsaw’s architecture is now quite a mix? The shot below shows you a typical baroque-era building in the front of the photo, the Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science on the back left, and some ultra-modern buildings on the right. A closer up shot of that striped building with that funky triangle side is below too. A funny thing about the Palace of Culture and Science is that it was Stalin’s “gift” to post-war Warsaw. According to Rick Steves, the Polish people call it “Stalin’s Prick.”
I told you in one of the posts that we were going to visit Marie Curie’s childhood home we certainly did. Madam Curie was a woman of both romance and great accomplishment when women’s roles in life were rather limited. She was quite a heroine to me as I grew up. We found her home on a charming, quiet, cobblestone street and it is now a simple museum exhibiting a few artifacts and many photos of her life. We were surprised to see that one of the photos is of Mme. Curie walking to the 1929 dedication of Hepburn Hall at St. Lawrence University. We thought that was really cool!
I’ll end this post with a few other shots around Warsaw, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Saxon Gardens, and the Little Upriser Monument. One year after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the residents of Greater Warsaw rose against the Nazi occupiers as well. The statue you see here honors the littlest fighters, mostly Boy Scouts, who served as runners for the resistance.
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