Poland

Majdanek – a German death camp

Second in size in Europe, the camp comes right after Auschwitz (Oświęcim). At the end of July 1941 Heinrich Himmler came up with an initiative to build a camp on the…


Black Lady and Janowiec Castle

We have talked about Kazimierz over the Vistula, and on the other side of the river, on a cliff, like Carreg Cennen Castle in Wales, there is a magnate castle of Janowiec,…


Kazimierz Dolny on the Vistula

Once I showed photos of various Polish towns and cities to my friends in Wales. They liked Kazimierz Dolny best. The town used to be known as Wietrzna Góra (a…



A day or two

I walked into the Media—- store in Lublin. I wanted to buy a smartphone for a present. I should have come up with the idea of giving a mobile for…


Snow (Eira)

Finally we have a proper winter in Poland. Lots of snow! Words like Mae hi’n bwrw eira (it is snowing) – you hear  very seldom uttered in Wales. But when you do hear them,…


Saxon Garden in Lublin

Summer holidays, so let’s have a short break from Wales and England. I came back to the land of my fathers and what did I see? Saxon Garden, beautifully reconditioned. The lungs…