This weeks Five Favourites come to you from Poland!
1. Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. We had a lovely visit yesterday, as the two Catholic members of our travel party went to Mass, the rest of us walked around the monastery and the town. It’s one of my favourite pilgrimage sites to visit, even though I’m no longer Catholic. It has a lot to do with the paintings of Jerzy Duda Gracz I mentioned previously. Jasna Gora is one of the few remaining Pauline monasteries, and important to Hungarian pilgrims/visitors because the Paulines originate from Hungary.
2. I found this lovely little shop in Czestochowa.One of the purposes of this trip is for my Grandma to meet members of the family that helped her and my grandpa after their liberation in Auschwitz. When they were leaving Oswiecim, the father of the family gave my grandpa his possibly most valuable possession, a Doxa wrist watch. My grandfather used that watch till it was damaged in the Six-Day War of 1967. From that time on Grandpa didn’t wear a watch, till he could get it restored in 1993. Then he used it again till his death. In his will he wanted it returned to the Pawlik family, but so far they had no opportunity to meet up. And now… it’s happening. I bought some watches for some of my kids, I’m sure they’ll appreciate!
3. This region of Poland is not famous for its coffee, it’s famous for its hot chocolate. Some of my friends visited Kraków in the spring, and they suggested we try the pastries, cakes and hot chocolate at the Nowa Prowincja. We did. This morning we had breakfast there. Most excellent choice!
4. Taking a few minutes to make the mundane special:
5. Not strictly Poland related, but I’ve been listening to this song on repeat:
And on Saturday… Ivri Lider concert!