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Sad Facts of Polish History

It’s a sad fact, but in order to bolster their cause in the war against the Axis during World War II, the Allies–most notably Roosevelt for the US and Churchill for Great Britain–carved up postwar Europe and “sacrificed” Poland by … Continue reading

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Zamek Krzyżtopór

I peruse a lot of Polish web sites and on Facebook, one of my “friends” is a polish web site called Wycieczki po Polsce – Trips over Poland. It’s in Polish, but that does not stop me, and is good … Continue reading

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Tarnoruda – St. Stanislaus Church

Today I am writing about a place that has a very special place in my heart: St. Stanislaus Polish Roman Catholic Church in Tarnoruda, Ukraine, called Kościół p.w. św. Stanisława B. M. Tarnoruda is a small town in the Khmelnytskyi … Continue reading

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Tczew

I spent a most wonderful day in Tczew in September 2011 with my (3rd) cousin Irena, her daughter Barbara, and her sister-in-law Teresa. Among the high points of the day was the three meals I ate at Barbara’s restaurant, Restauracja … Continue reading

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Kamieniec Podolski Castle-Fortress

The city of Kameniec Podolski is situated on an interesting “bulge” in the Smotrycz River in Ukraine. Think of a cartoon baloon above the head of a cartoon character. The bulge or “baloon” is the city of Kamieniec Podolski. And … Continue reading

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Kamieniec Podolski

Kamieniec Podolski is a town of about 100,000 people not to far north of Chernivtsi. It is a historic area of Ukraine and Poland. The first mention of Kamieniec Podolski is in 1025 as a part of the Kievan Rus … Continue reading

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Zolochiv Castle

Zolochiv Castle is one of the the main attractions in Zolochiv (Złoczów in Polish), a town about 20 km south of Podhorce in western Ukraine. It was built in the early 17th century by Jakub Sobieski, the father of King … Continue reading

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Podhorce Castle and Church

Podhorce (Pidhirtsi in Ukrainian) is a small town of about 1000 people nearly equidistant from Lwów to the west, Ternopil to the southeast, and Kremenets to the northeast in Ukraine. It is maybe 30 km west of Pochayiv, which we … Continue reading

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Pochayiv Lavra

All I can say about the Pochayiv Lavra is “wow.” It is totally indescribable. But I’ll try. Officially called the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, this is quite a grand place with quite a history as well. You can see my … Continue reading

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Vyshnivets Palace

The city of Vyshnivets (in Polish, Wiśniowiec) is a small town about 50 km north of Ternopil. It is mostly known for a large palace that some have called the Versailles of Volyn due to its size and Renaissance style … Continue reading

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