Category Archives: Travel

Combo

I want to post a few photos from my New York trip. The first two are from the Fischli and Weiss exhibit at the Guggenheim I posted about last week.  A photo of their credo, “How to Work Better,” and a … Continue reading

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Final trip post

We are actually safely home, but I do have a few last thoughts on our trip, in no particular order I loved the big car-free squares and pedestrian walkways of Prague and Krakow. I wish we did something similar here–it makes … Continue reading

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A grim visit

Over 500,000 people a year visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, really one big camp separated by two miles of road. It’s hard to say anything about this experience–it seems like science fiction, even though you are walking through it. The question that occurs over … Continue reading

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A miscellany

Today is our last morning in Eastern Europe, but I have several days worth of posts to continue. This one, our day in Kazimierz, the old Jewish section of Krakow. This area seems very lively and energized, with youth hostels … Continue reading

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Not typical tourism

A hazy morning. We walked along the Vistula–aren’t all great cities by water?–past the old Jewish section of town, Kazimerz, to the museum that’s been created in the former location of the Schindler factory. The river was lovely, the walk … Continue reading

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Polish poetry

I’ve been reading through the luminous translations Mira Rosenthal has done of the work of Tomasz Różycki, a contemporary Polish poet. It’s a delight to read them here in Krakow, where they take on an additional resonance, although Różycki is from Opole, … Continue reading

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Sights

The first thing we do in each new city is get a little tourist map from the hotel that gives a basic outline of the city and lists the main sights. I thought about this wandering around Krakow yesterday, so many … Continue reading

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and a little of the unusual

Of course, one of the real pleasures of travel is seeing the strange and unusual–in Prague, the Dancing House by Frank Ghery, and the views inside and out is a prime example: Inside is an exhibit of glass sculpture, the Fred … Continue reading

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Master of the ordinary

We met up with friends here for a few days, and have been wandering a bit together. One of them at lunch said that he was the “master of the ordinary,” because of his appreciation of street life. I know … Continue reading

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A cage went in search of a bird

Because he is the most internationally famous Czech writer (although he wrote in German), Prague has made the most of Kafka. There’s a (very bad) cafe on the ground floor of the house where he was born, a Kafka map of … Continue reading

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