Trip to Poland and East Europe - September 1993


We flew to Berlin, rented an automobile, and drove through East Europe finally turning the car in at Vienna. There we boarded a train to Munich for our trip home. 

Wanda and Marilyn at Brandenburg Gate

Phil and Wanda in former East Berlin. Street name changed from communist Otto Grotewohl to pre-war Wilhelmstrasse

Potsdam street scene

Potsdam - St. Peter und Paul-Kirche

Potsdam - Cecilienhof, where the Potsdam Conference was held in July-August 1945

Potsdam - Cecilienhof - the conference table used by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin

Potsdam - Cecilienhof


Wrocław Town Hall from ul. Sukiennice and from the west

Wrocław Interior of St. John the Baptist Cathedral

Wrocław - Statue of Mary in front of Cathedral

Wrocław - street scene

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska history from a plaque in the Basilica. Phil's maternal grandparents emigrated from Kalwaria in 1913.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska  - Basilica and entrance to Basilica grounds

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Poland - map of monastery

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - Side altar in Basilica

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska street scenes

Cousin Sashka, Phil, Wanda, Maria Kaminska, Maria's daughter, Henryk Kaminski at Maria's home. 

Outside Maria's home

Wadowice - Statue of Pope John Paul II at the New Cathedral (he was born here)

Wadowice - The boyhood home of Karol Woitła and the altar where he served as an altar boy. Karol later was known as Pope John Paul II

Czestochowa - Jasna Gora. Jasna Gora monastery is the home of Poland's revered "Black Madonna" icon. This picture is said to have been painted by St. Luke the Evangelist. The icon has a long history tracing back as early as 326 AD when the Emperor Constantine's mother, St. Helena found it in Jerusalem. The icon is very dark due to votive candle smoke over the ages. When we visited here in 1968, the icon was displayed during Mass. Unfortunately, it was not on this trip.

Czestochowa - Jasna Gora

Zyweic town square and farming near Zyweic


Czech-Polish border town Český Těšín

Prague from St. Charles Bridge

Prague - St. Wenceslaus Square

Prague - Anti-communist memorial - with a cross and crown of thorns. Czechoslovakia was taken over by the communists in 1948 deposing the freely elected government. There was an unsuccessful revolution in 1968 as it was quashed by Soviet forces. Finally, in 1989, the Velvet Revolution took place and Czechoslovakia shook off the communist yoke

Prague street scenes

We rented this flat on ul. Betlemska

Prague - inside the Hrad

Prague - Changing of the guard to the Hrad


Bratislava from the Hrad

Bratislava Hrad

Bratislava - Changing of the guard at the Hrad


Budapest - Parliament Building

Budapest - Kossuth Monument

Budapest - Street name post-communist replacing communist (the street was formerly Népköztársaság, means "Peoples' Republic" and was the name of the communist newspaper there). The current name is that of a hero of the 1848 Revolution against Austro-Hungary, Gyula Andrássy

Budapest - Marilyn enjoying a Gypsy fiddler at dinner

Budapest - Soviet War Memorial


Vienna - Karlskirche

Vienna street scenes

After Vienna, we took the train to Munich to return home.

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