Flow Wisla, Flow!

“Flow, Wisla Flow” was the chorus so eloquently trumpeted by my traveling companions Msgr. Tom and Marcin as we crossed the mighty Vistula as we departed Torun! Their harmonious melody was an old song that goes “Flow through the Polish countryside! As long as it flows Poland will never be lost!” …and us neither, as […]

Cappuccino and Update

Thought I’d shoot everyone a quick update from our quaint kawiarnia in the main square in Torun.  I need to let everyone know a few this about the museum of our friend and colleague, Dr. Dariusz Subocz. The Museum of Printing and Literature is a place that nearly defies description. Dr. Subocz and wife bought […]

Busy Sunday

Last night our A-team crossed the mighty Vistula (Wisla) river into Teutonic lands, and entered the gates of Torun! Unlike King Jagiello II and Grand Duke Vytautas in 1410, we’re not here to meet any Teutonic Knights on the battlefield, but the hallmarks of history here are impossible to ignore. Torun’s old town is a […]

At the Gates of Torun!

Later that night… At about 7:00 pm we arrived at Grebocin, within the district of the city of Torun! And we are TIRED after the 3-hour drive from Czestochowa. But it wasn’t so bad since we rode on a brand new highway. So new in fact, that it didn’t even appear on our Tom-Tom! Luckily […]

Visiting Madonna

What can one say after visiting the Shrine of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa? We’re on the road to Grebocin now and we couldn’t pass Czestochowa without stopping to pay our respects, and have a bite for lunch. Czestochowa, pronounced “chen-sto-hova,” is a must-see. Many are familiar with the famous Black Madonna icon, and even […]

Busy Day…!

Today was BUSY.  Up at crack of 8 am, we had but few precious minutes to spare before we hopped in our PM super-van and headed out for the day.  The first stop was the Stanislawa Moniuszki National Music academy in Bielsko-Biala.  Our team met with Barbara Cybulska-Konsek and the team there to go over […]

The Royal City

It’s September first. 77 years ago today Nazi Germany invaded Poland, stating World War Two. Thus began years of brutal terror in Poland. Remember those who fought back today. Soon the Polish Mission team will be in Westerplatte to lay a wreath in memory of the fallen, on behalf of our community of veterans in Michigan. […]

Czech-stop. Ha.

After a day of traveling around a bit, and spending some quality time with Fr. Stan, the early evening has led us here to the Czech Republic.  I can’t really say anything negative about Restaurant Dzik, just over the river in Ciesyn.  The Radegast beer was tasty, even with the shot of minty green Pemper […]

Getting Lost in History

Later on…   It’s not every day that one gets to handle an original 16th century long-sword attributed to the order of the Teutonic Knights. Though the question of whether or not that’s a charming local custom in these parts remains yet unknown, I’m certainly glad it happened. Right after breakfast our team hopped into […]

Good Morning, Poland!

Good morning!  It’s day two, and the team is just getting up early for a head start.  I cant’ speak for anyone else, but yours truly had had an excellent night rest here in Bielsko-Biala.  Trying to sleep no the plane over was more like an exercise in contortion, so we’re glad to finally get […]