Musical appreciation, it's a very subjective question; my musical tastes are, I like to think, quite broad, eclectic maybe even eccentric but by far and away my favourite type of music has, since my early teens, always been Prog; variously referred to as Progressive Rock or Art Rock a genre which in itself seems to … Continue reading Przed Koncertem
Category: A Polish Odyssey
Music, drinks, people, flamingos – it happens in Łódź…
Well, here's a thing… I started to write this much nearer the time it happened, back in November last year (2017) but, as I so often do, I wandered off-topic and produced a sprawling piece that even I couldn't understand and shelved it. A few days ago I went back to it and took … Continue reading Music, drinks, people, flamingos – it happens in Łódź…
A walk in the park.
I was in Katowice recently, end of August; yes, again, I like Katowice, and I took the time to go and visit The Silesian Park, (Park Śląski) which is a big public park, really big, over 600 hectares in area, about 1,500 acres, and it sits on the border of Katowice, Siemianowice Śląskie and Chorzów; … Continue reading A walk in the park.
Inowrocław, the journey home.
Listening to information being broadcast over a railway station PA system is, in my experience, never an easy proposition, even if it is in a language in which you are fluent. Most, not all I grant you but most PA systems carry a certain amount of distortion, are too loud or too quiet and are … Continue reading Inowrocław, the journey home.
Racibórz from under a red umbrella.
It was a rainy Saturday morning in Racibórz; later that day there was a beautiful wedding ceremony, two friends who I'd met separately a couple of years back had met each other. The rain eventually stopped. The day just got better and better. Edit. I wrote the above as a quirky excuse to use the … Continue reading Racibórz from under a red umbrella.
Kołobrzeg – a trip to the seaside. Part 2; Wind, Waves, Sand, Sun and Lighthouse.
Link to: Kołobrzeg – a trip to the seaside. Part 1; Long day’s journey into rain. Despite the long day and the late night I'd had yesterday I was awake around 04.30; I pulled the blind up on the door and peered out, the rain had stopped, hooray! There were still a few clouds about but … Continue reading Kołobrzeg – a trip to the seaside. Part 2; Wind, Waves, Sand, Sun and Lighthouse.
Kołobrzeg – a trip to the seaside. Part 1; Long day’s journey into rain.
In Poznań the sun is shining, the sky is studded with clouds but not enough to detract from the overall sunniness of the day. I'm at Poznań Główny railway station waiting for a train to Kołobrzeg, a small seaside town on the Baltic coast. I'd just walked up from ul. Rybaki where the hotel I … Continue reading Kołobrzeg – a trip to the seaside. Part 1; Long day’s journey into rain.
Katowice, Jewel of the South?
Katowice is a dump, let’s face it, Katowice, compared to some of the more well-known and touristy Polish towns and cities is a dump, well, that seems to be the received wisdom but is this accolade fully deserved? I don't think so. Katowice, and stop right there, it's not Kat-o-wik-e or Kat-o-weise, it's Kat-o-veets-a or … Continue reading Katowice, Jewel of the South?
From Gniewkowo to Toruń
The distance from Gniewkowo to Toruń is about 21 km, around 13 miles in old money, the difference between Gniewkowo and Toruń is however quite marked. Toruń is one of Poland's flagship historic towns, if I may describe it thus; one of the "10 places in Poland you must visit". Toruń sits on the River … Continue reading From Gniewkowo to Toruń
Sorry; I’m English…
In spite of the rich English heritage of simply speaking louder and slower to foreigners in some sort of vain hope that then they'll understand, for my Polish Odyssey I've actually tried to learn some Polish language. Two or three days into my very first trip to Poland I was studying the departures board at … Continue reading Sorry; I’m English…