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Park Musakowski: biking across borders

See the bridge here? It is one of several bridges in Park Musakowski/Muskauer Park, crossing the River Neisse. Perhaps that name sounds familiar? You may remember the Oder/Neisse line from history lessons in school: at the Potsdam Conference after World War II, on Stalin‘s insistence, the rivers Oder and Neisse were set as the border […]

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Toruń: Copernicus, World Heritage, gingerbread, a brass ass – and notaries

Notaries Public in Poland. There’s something I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever google. But I have – and this is what I’ve learned: According to one of Poland’s many notaries, A notary acts as a person of public trust, they safeguard the security of legal transactions and are obliged to care about the reasonable interest […]

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Wieliczka Mines: A World of Salt

On my daughter’s school visit to the concentration camps and the Stasi prison in Berlin, the organisers wisely added lighter activities to the agenda, including a swimming stop at a tropical island inside a Nazi hangar – and a tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine. Leonardo, in salt! 40 years ago, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural […]

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Day out Gdansk: The Malbork Murder

If you happen to be floating down the tranquil river Wisla, head off at the little branch called the Nogat, and you’ll come to a Gothic fairytale fortress and some intriguing Malbork Castle history, murder included! Disembark on the opposite bank, and this imposing 13th century fortified monastery is all you’ll see. The view is […]

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11 things you’ll love about Kraków

Welcome back to Poland. I’ve written about Gdansk and Warsaw earlier. Today, we’re heading south, to Krakow. Like Warsaw, Krakow’s Historic Centre is a World Heritage site, to be specially preserved for future generations. Here’s UNESCO’s take: The historic centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal […]

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Reminding us of man’s madness

An Auschwitz-Birkenau tour is a bit like being guided through an industrial site. And in a sense, it was. Mass murder on an industrial scale. What’s unfathomable is how many believed this was right.

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11 most popular Instagrams in April 2015

The gorgeous Ligurian Riviera was a major player in our Instagram gallery last month, so you will have seen some of these photos recently. But it wasn’t all about Italy. Poland, Sweden and Switzerland feature among our most popular ‘grams of April, as well.

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