An Old Polish Town

Racibórz, Poland

Racibórz, Poland

This postcard comes from Beata, who lives in Poland. It obviously shows the town of Racibórz in southern Poland. The name of the town is derived from the founder of the town, Duke Racibor. The area on which the town is situated was first inhabited by East Germanic Silinger tribes as early as the 5th century AD. The area was first mentioned in 1108 and by 1217 the town received municipal privileges. Today the town is the capital of Racibórz County and is home to just over 60 000 people. Pretty cool to get to know all these places I’ve never even heard of. Thank you Beata!

Happy Postcrossing

Happy Postcrossing from Poland

Happy Postcrossing from Poland

This postcard was a surprise from Ewelina. “Happy Postcrossing” is of course the saying that one so commonly finds as the only thing a person writes on a postcard from every postcard collector’s favourite website, Postcrossing. Don’t you just hate when that happens? At least Ewelina had much more to say than that. Thank you for this great postcard Ewelina!

Who Stole the Vowels?

Szczecin, Poland

Szczecin, Poland

How on earth does one pronounce the name of this city?! Four consonants in a row is rather strange for me. Szczecin is the 7th largest city in Poland and is home to about 408 000 people. It is a major seaport and is the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. The city of Szczecin’s history began as far back as the 8th century, where the West slavs erected a stronghold where the castle of Szczecin stands today. Today the city’s economy is based mostly on its seaport and related industries, such as fishing and shipbuilding. The economy is, however, slightly diversified into the production of iron and foodstuffs as well. I have yet to be inspired to add the city to my list of must-see places but I’m sure that there must be a lot to see in a city with such a long history.

Popular Polish Palace Postcard

Popular Polish Palace

Popular Polish Palace

Marta in Koszalin, Poland sent me this postcard of a popular polish palace. That’s it. I don’t know anything more. Neither the postcard or Marta says anything more about the palace, so I’m relying on you, dear reader to tell me what the name of this palace is and maybe why it’s important. I Googled it but could not find any palace looking like this one. Leave me a comment if you know something that I clearly don’t. I look forward to your replies!

Poland Strikes Again

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Kraków, Poland

From Joia in Kraków, Poland, I got this postcard through Postcrossing. What seems to be a nice, clean and peaceful city today, has to my mind at least a very dark and bloody history. The world famous concentration camp of Auschwitz was located, not too far from this city. This is my second postcard from Poland and I have certainly started seeing the country in a different light than what I had been thinking it looked like. Definitely a place I would like to visit someday!

Polish Misperception Remover

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Warsaw, Poland

From Dominika in Warsaw, Poland, I got this beautiful blue postcard. This postcard reminded me thatmy frame of reference for Poland was pretty much Schindler’s list and the opening scene of X-Men. I kind of wanna go see Poland now. That is one of the beauties of a postcard, it opens your eyes and your mind to things you never would have seen otherwise.