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Four Letter Words and Other Takeaways

In our “hometown” of Czestochowa, Poland, all roads lead to the Jasna Góra (seriously no matter which road we found ourselves on, it appeared to lead back to the monastery). An extensive complex, the Jasna Góra is a shrine to the Virgin Mary and was built in the late 14th century. It is a place of pilgramage and a spiritual center. It is also home to the famed Black Madonna of Czestochowa, believed to have miraculous power.

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No matter your beliefs, this place is impressive. Our recent tour of the shrine with the friendly, humorous and knowledgeable Father Simon was a fitting end to this part of our journey – a journey that has brought us smiles, friends, laughter, challenges, sadness, tears, excitement, anger, knowledge, joy, peace, perhaps a few miracles, and above all together.

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Prague – Through Her Eyes

Not to be outdone by her older brother, Miss A took to her camera. What follows is a photo journey of Prague through the eyes of a 7-year-old. Continue reading

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Through His Eyes – Berlin

Time is passing quicker than I thought possible these days. Not only are we winding down our days in Poland, but I realized the last time we posted a photo perspective from the kids was in Madrid. (And believe me, they’ve taken quite a few pictures since then!) What follows are snapshots taken and selected by Mr. N. Here is Berlin through our now 12-year-old’s eyes and lens: Continue reading

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Making Acquaintances – Bratislava, Slovakia

While it pained us all to leave Budapest, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately one of the benefits of traveling Europe by car is that we can take our time returning home, stopping at new sights and cities along the way. This time it just so happened that we’d be traveling past Bratislava right about lunch time.  Continue reading

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Sunshine Days – Krakow, Poland

Last month we visited Kraków, Poland and to our excitement the weather was stunning. The sun shone and the temps rose to near 20°C (70°). I am sure that Kraków has numerous sights to see from castles and museums to markets and churches; however, our time was spent completely outdoors. Fortunately, Kraków is the perfect Polish city from which to idly wander.

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We Call It Home – Czestochowa, Poland

“Do you mean ‘home’ or ‘home, home’?” is a phrase often uttered when trying to differentiate between Czestochowa and Chicago in our conversations. We’ve developed a confusion between our “homes,” but it wasn’t always that way. Continue reading