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apteka restaurant in pittsburgh

Apteka – A European Foodie Gem in Pittsburgh

 Poland,restaurant,wanderlust   Nov 10, 2016    By

“Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.” – Andrew Carnegie I’m lucky to have grown up in the Pittsburgh area. I value the hard-working mentality, the tight communities, and certainly the devotion to football. I moved away in 2000, never to permanently return. When I […]

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dzok the dog monument in krakow, poland

Shutter Love Sunday – Krakow, Poland

 Krakow, Poland   Oct 2, 2016    By

Who wouldn’t shed a tear hearing the story of Dzok the dog? His owner died of sudden cardiac arrest while walking him in the early 1990s. Not understanding the situation, Dzok remained in and around this main square of Krakow for over a year, waiting for his owner to return. He became somewhat of a […]

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polish head in krakow

I fell in love…with Krakow.

Poland Krakow, Poland   Jun 6, 2016    By

Wow, what a city Krakow is. It’s such a stark difference from Warsaw…which I found to be a bit bland. Krakow is full of life, and why not? Poland suffered through the Nazi occupation, and then 40 years of communist rule. Stalin never liked Poland, so he treated it the worst. There seemed to be […]

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monument in gdansk, poland

Shutter Love Sunday – Gdansk, Poland

 Gdansk, photography,Poland   May 29, 2016    By

In honor of Holocaust remembrance month, I submit this gripping photo of a monument in Gdansk, Poland. This statue of a ‘weeping Christ’ can be found in St. Mary’s Church, and commemorates 2,779 priests who were executed by the Nazis during World War II. Visiting Gdansk, Krakow and Warsaw can certainly hit you with some […]

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pope john paul II

Yesteryear Europe, April – Pope John Paul II

 Krakow, Poland,wanderlust   Apr 26, 2016    By

Was Pope John Paul II the first ‘cool’ pope? The current pope is getting accolades for his progressive views on social issues, and John Paul II can’t compete with that (e.g. views on contraception, same sex relationships, abortion, etc.), but growing up in the 1980’s I recall him getting more media attention than I expected out […]

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gdansk

Gdansk – Beginnings and Endings

Poland Gdansk, Poland   Jul 18, 2015    By

As I drove to Charleroi airport one last time, I thought about the ending to my journey…and the beginning. I remember my first trip from here, only a 30 minute drive from my house in Belgium…I went to Edinburgh and thought this was the best and easiest airport ever. Then on my second trip, to […]

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train car at auschwitz

Auschwitz – A Cry of Despair

Poland Oswiecim, Poland   Jun 18, 2014    By

This isn’t a day trip you look forward to in Poland, but I think it’s one people need to see, if they have the chance. The Nazi death camps are the best example of man’s inhumanity towards man, and as the memorial plaque states, serve as a ‘warning to humanity’. The tour of the camps, […]

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