S: Europe 2011
FC: EUROPE | 2011 | POLAND FRANCE
1: June 17th, 2011 arrival Warsaw, Poland
2: Travelling | a | one long wait in Texas | Delay in Frankfort
3: 27 hours later, with family at last! Terespol, Poland. | Home cooked meals, watching old family videos and getting over the jet-lag. What time is it anyway?
4: Matt trying to figure out an old water well. Simple physics at work... | The hallmark of polish countryside BOCIAN aka Stork
5: First outing in Poland. By the river Bug (:boog)
6: Byzantine Catholic Church Kostomloty
7: More family time. | Grandpa's garden... | By the old WWII Soviet tank New border crossing Little rascal aka Pawelek | World famous stables at Janow Podlaski | One constant in life: eternal problems with cars :(
9: The time came for our first goodbyes. On the road again off to Lublin June 20th. | P.S. Top reason to keep up with your native language: to be able to say "Open the door! my fingers are trapped!!!" Ask Xenia...
10: Just roaming the city. | Lublin
11: A visit to Mom's good, old Fine Arts High School | PLSP | ...and back on the road again | Destination: Przemysl
12: Sieniawa | A quick stop-over for lunch | Making wishes | Making wishes | Making wishes
13: A few more zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's | and we made it to Przemysl | Mom's hometown
14: Three ladies and six beers... hmmm?! Matt decided to stay sober.
15: Przemys'l - Castle Hill
16: Krasiczyn Late-Renaissance castle. June 22
17: Last owners of the castle, Sapieha family, planted trees to commemorate births of new family members: lindens for girls and oaks for boys.
18: Krakow | St. Mary's Basilica -Kosciol Mariacki
19: Xenia's first major meltdown.
20: We made it just in time for the St. John's Fair (Jarmark Swietojan'ski) Celebrated around the day of St John the Baptist, which in turn corresponds with the summer solstice. | There were knights in the shining armor, Tatars, archers and...
21: ... dried frogs, chicken feet and - mmmmmm boiled pig's feet. Yumm!
22: Krakow-Rynek Glowny Main Square - Old Town Street performers at their best;
23: Once upon a time in a far-away kingdom lived sweet Lady Molly. One day a terrible dragon kidnapped her and kept her in his den. Many attempted to free the princess, but all failed. All but one, a brave young knight Matt came to the rescue. Matt and the dragon hung out for a while(tuns out they were both Arsenal fans), and the dragon learned the terrible news. Molly, it turns out, was an avid fan of Manchester United. The news struck the dragon's heart. He turned into a stone cold statue and didn't bothered anyone since. The End
24: A few more delicious dishes and back on the road. And back behind one of the many tractors (a special "attraction" of the polish roads. they do attract kilometers of traffic behind them.) | "Your milk is so fat -I can't believe it's not butter!":) "Your milk is so fat-it never runs out. It waddles out" | Remember "your milk is so fat..." night?
25: We can't forget to mention the homemade clothes drier. Or Xenia's consternation with a square toilet. | Last evening in Lublin.
26: Air France 2437 'June 25, 2011 Warszawa - Paris | Goofing off with the French accent | Just goofing off. | How adorable...
27: No rest for the weary... work made easier by a sprinkle of a good French Bordeaux. | Meanwhile Xenia... | Cousin Paulina's translation. | ...in less then 10 minutes at the Charles de Gaulle made friends with the locals. | The first road trip in France. On the way to Etrepagny
28: Couvent de Lesna Lesna Convent of the Most-Holy Mother of God Provemont, France
29: June 27th, while Matt and Molly left for Paris, Mom and Xenia took off to visit Le Mont Saint Michel
30: In year 708 Saint Aubert, bishop of Avranches, had a vision in which the Archangel Michael instructed him to build an oratory on the tidal island nearby. St Aubert disregarded the instructions of the first and second visitations, until St Michael appeared third time driving his finger (or a spear according to some sources) through the bishop's skull. The church dedicated to Holy Archangel Michael was built according to the instructions, and dedicated on October 16 709
31: Avranches Normadie | Xenia chilling out with Jeanne D'Arc | And the first loaf of French baguette.
34: La Belle Parisienne | "Oh, go to Paris... in the midday gloom Of some old quarter take a room That looks off over Paris and its towers From Saint Gervais round to the Emperor's Tomb..." by Alan Seeger
36: Mother - Daughter day trip to Paris | Xenia's second meltdown, at the Sainte Chapelle.
37: Goodbye Paris - -Hello Troyes!
38: Troyes Oh! Sweet Troyes! | 3 days - 9 Gothic Churches? Allons-y! | If I have to visit one more church I will die... | A revolving brick in the wall was used as a safe infant drop off site for orphans and unwanted babies 2 centuries ago.
39: Most amazing times spent with Oco and Jean!
40: C | Champagne tasting in Champagne!
41: "I am Jerry Byma and I approve this message! " | The refined art of choosing just the right wine. It is not a coincidence! | A "Gladiator" moment
43: Goodbye dinner July 1 | Leaving behind exceptional company, delicious French Cuisine, and an excellent wine was not easy. We left Troyes and France with heavy hearts.
44: Warszawa | Back to Poland... | Mikolaj Kopernik, Molly, Matt and rain :)
45: Visiting the capitol's "Stare Miasto" - the Old City. | Dream on, Matt....
46: Birthplace of Frederic Chopin Zelazowa Wola
47: The resting place of Chopin's heart Church of the Holy Cross Warsaw
48: Relaxing with the family, and truly enjoying few precious minutes with Wojtek and Tomek. | Lody (pronounced: ody) | "Mamusiu oc'!" | Intercontinental connections...
49: Our fantastic trip cames to an end. | One last photo with Dziadzio Wacek | Cold and wet Warsaw.