Category Archives: Southern Poland

An Ossifer and a Gentleman

Original YT playout date: 21 April 2010
Duration: 2:38

There are few folk I know that deserve the name of gentleman more than my friend Wolfgang of Wroclaw. Here he shows me the ossifer, or tomb containing the bones of St Hedwig of Silesia (Sw Jadwiga Slaska), one of the finest such pieces in Poland, in the cathedral at Trzebnica in Lower Silesia.
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(S)lower Silesia

Original YT playout date: 3 April 2010
Duration: 15:16

A drive and a chat, in the area of Lower Silesia. I go by the whim of the GPS in my phone, but it seems it makes the journey slower than it would have been if I’d picked the route myself on a map!
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This is border country!

Original YT playout date: 3 April 2010
Duration: 6:36

“There’s a long border between Poland and the Czech Republic, winding its way over hills and along rivers, but as far as roads negotiable by cars is concerned, until the two countries entered Schengen a couple of years ago, they had manned check points. Now these are disused and there is no-one there to look at your documents, if you even have them. Their old booth has become a dumping ground for used food packaging, and nobody cleans it up. The Poles spent money building a nice road right up to the border, but the Czechs, with their almost 50% more GDP per head, simply allowed a dirt track to remain from the border. They simply do not care what the “”visit card”” of their coutry looks like, not to Poles anyway, (in fact it seems to me that in comparison with Poles, who always concern themselves with their international reputation, Czechs are singularly unruffled by what anyone – in their country or outside it – thinks of them) and they seem to have no desire to encourage the Poles to venture into their country very far, even though the cheaper prices at restaurants might be quite tempting, and the existence of a fine swimming pool not far off on the Czech side, which I heard about, but didn’t see. It looks as if they are in no major hurry to go out of their way to attract their Polish neighbours in for a cup of coffee. So Schengen may be in force, and you can cross that boundary without any checks if you feel like it, but they certainly aren’t making the free movement across it all that inviting right now on the Czech side.

Despite the dereliction of the duty area, there is a certain open beauty about the side. It looks quite wild and windswept under the marbled, part-melted snow. It is, of course, under agricultural usage, and food or biomass is being produced on all parts of it.”
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Drive, Drove, driven, drivel – or “Road trip meets linguistic meandering”

Original YT playout date: 2 April 2010
Duration: 29:10

Driving from the Amber Hotel through Olesnice towards Namyslow I start to talk about why Polish language has more exotic elements in it, more aspects usually more associated with oriental languages, than Russian has. This is really developing a thesis of mine that Poland has an oriental culture.

Learners of Slavic languages will love this one, as will those of you who use my videos to go to sleep, as some have told me…
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An Evening with Krzysztof Orlowski, part 2 of 2

Original YT playout date: 29 March 2010
Duration: 13:03

“The maestro plays on, in this second part of his kind vist to me in the restaurant of the Amber Hotel at Olesnica.

See https://annapietrzak.com/gitana-electric-eclectic-2/ for more of his music, especially his own compositions.”
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An Evening with Krzysztof Orlowski, part 1 of 2

Original YT playout date: 27 March 2010
Duration: 14:14

Much travelled Silesian musician Krzysztof Orlowski, whose group and whose own compositions you can find on https://annapietrzak.com/gitana-electric-eclectic-2/ is a gentleman I met in this place, Hotel Amber at Olesnica, one year ago. I filmed his concert at the restaurant and put it on youtube, it was appreciated by the viewers and also Krzysztof himself saw it, and got in contact with me.

These days he’s not playing at Amber so regularly, but was kind enough to come and join me for one evening and played a few of his fine medleys. In this part, we can hear his medley of Piaf’s “”Vie en Rose”” with Burt Bacharach’s “”I’ll never fall in love again””, as well as the Girl from Ipanema performed with impeccable style.
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Dangerous Parking

Original YT playout date: 27 March 2010
Duration: 2:07

How sensible is it to plonk your van down and leave it just where the traffic is coming off the level crossing? The whole situation could easily get gridlocked if two of these idiots decided to do the same thiing on either side of the crossing – and the result could be that vehicles get trapped on the tracks when the next train somes. How can someone not see that? Anyway, thankfully the drivers on the other side of the road showed more foresight, and let us pass, therefore avoiding the risk of such a gridlock on the railway track. It just goes to show the sort of people we’re sharing planet earth with.
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Train from Prague to Warsaw – Part 3

Original YT playout date: 16 February 2010
Duration: 14:42

We get as far as Olomouc and then the low light makes it not worthwhile. So we cut to a bit of the return journey – this time the plane was not cancelled, and I even got given an upgrade!

So, in the main, we’re good buddies, Czech Airlines and me. Which is more than I can say for SAS, British Airways and, recently, Lot.
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Train from Prague to Warsaw – Part 2

 

Original YT playout date: 15 February 2010
Duration: 11:48

This bit takes us from Katowice onwards, through some very pleasant territory in the snow.
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From Raciborz to Katowice by train

Original YT playout date: 30 January 2010
Duration: 6:12

This shows Silesia from the window of a local train. The train in question was quite clean and comfortable for one of its genre. I had better add that in case people get the idea that they can explore all Poland’s backwaters in minor trains and still always get a reasonable pleasant ride. Your railage may vary.
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Let’s get out of here

Original YT playout date: 7 November 2009
Duration: 22:53

In the third of the three videos featuring my recent drive from Warsaw to Prague and back, unexpected diversions at night force me to drive through the ancient settlement of Kozieglowy, or “the place of the goats’ heads”, a place besmirched by pagan rituals in the past and till today a major supplier of pagan Christmas trees to the rest of the country and an accident blackspot. It is like a Polish road equivalent of Haiti and the Bermuda Triangle all rolled into one. One gets the impression that the very road is haunted…
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Into and back out of Prague

Original YT playout date: 31 October 2009
Duration: 1:03:03

We continue the journey from Opole and go through Klodzko towards Prague. Can any of my viewers recognise the work of literature being played in the night drive through Klodzko – and the voice actor?

The next day we show unbroken footage of how to drive out of the centre of Prague in the direction of Wroclaw.

Don’t miss the third and final part of this epic drive where we have to brave the awful place of Kozieglowy at night.
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