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In their footsteps (2): Journey to Hamburg

Poland Day 26. In 1876, members of the Fabich family embarked on the long and hellish journey from their home to start a new life in New Zealand. While it’s not possible to emulate the sea voyage (thankfully), I could at least mimic the train journey beforehand that got them to the port city of Hamburg. Read more

In their footsteps (1): The villages

Poland Day 25. Given the south-to-north trajectory of my trip, and given my Polish ancestors came from the north, it worked out that my last full day in Poland would be spent visiting some of the villages they’d lived in. Read more

Where WW2 began

Poland Day 24. I didn’t have an advance plan for what I’d do but after a bit of research the night before, it was obvious. To round out one of the themes underpinning my trip, I’d use my last day in Gdańsk to see the place where WW2 began. Read more

Wartime gritty to resort city

Poland Day 23. It was time to head back to Gdańsk and see what I could see in whatever was left of the day. Read more

Wolf’s Lair (Part 2)

Poland Day 22. I explored the less visited parts of Wolf’s Lair and, being as I was in the lakes district, went looking for a lake. Read more

Wolf’s Lair (Part 1)

Poland Day 21. I ventured east of Gdańsk to the site of Hitler’s main HQ during WW2. Read more

Where Teutonic Knights once roamed

Poland Day 20. The Teutonic Order played a major part in Poland’s history and not far from Gdańsk lies what was the most critical part of their network – also the world’s largest brick castle. Read more

Delving into my Polish ancestry

Poland Day 19. I have a smidge of Polish blood and worked into my itinerary a day at an archives office to see if I’d be able to add to the information Mum has already collected. Read more

North-bound: Dzień dobry Gdańsk

Poland Days 17 & 18: I return from Ukraine and head north for the final phase of my trip. Read more

Staying in Warsaw’s Old Town

Poland Day 16. For my middle visit to Warsaw I chose to stay right in the Old Town to make good use of the meager half-day I had allocated to explore both it and the riverbanks in between my side trips to Toruń and Ukraine. Read more

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