A few of my favourites! I will put a list at the end, as the facility for labelling is beyond me!
Dancing girls in Krakòw parade; man on parade; sunset over the Wisła; off to tango; bugles, another parade; church and bike in Raciechowana; Rynek, (which means town square) Tymbark; Słopnice Church; parzony (evil polish coffee, yes!) a tired little friend; early morning walkers; Pienniny x 2; remembrance, 1,2,&3; Sczcawnica.
This evening I have been pouring over maps of Slovakia and feeling not a little daunted by the huge uphills. As a result I have chucked out loads more baggage and am now weighing in, bike included at a silf-like 34k/77lbs Which still feels pretty heavy to me!
The other side is my sadness at leaving this lovely country behind and her friendly people…. Does this sound familiar? So tonight I am not at all intrepid and hoping to find my nerve again.
The weather is being kind, and the scenery gorgeous, so that will be uplifting for a start.
It was lovely milling around in one of the countless graveyards, so full of families, in the most beautiful autumn sunshine. Greetings, quiet prayers, companiably linked arms and mixture of the very old with the very young. A big procession of church dignitaries, priests and nuns, followed by a local crowd, walking down the street, with amplified call and response. A grand day out…. and time for reflection. Stan’s (my lovely host in Olzstyn) mother-in-law passed away two weeks ago, so it will be the family’s first remembrance day without her. Amongst the sociable gathering there was an array of expressive faces and bodily gestures. The little oil lanterns glowing… and I should imagine they will now be shining in the dark and a sense of tugging poignance in the chill Polish air.
It has been such a special time here, and I have made many lovely friends.