Astronomical Clock in Gdańsk

Next year – on April 30th we will be celebrating the 550th birthday of our Astonomical Clock in Gdansk’s St. Mary’s Church.

A conference about the Great Astronomical Clocks is planned here on that day. What a wonderful way to celebrate Birthday 🙂

HERE are some photos of the Clock I took way back in 2009, when it still worked.

It is not working anymore, it is broken, and is now silent, and dead. What a pity! To see a similar one (as far as the idea is concerned) in action one has to go to Prague. This isn’t fair, as we have such a splendid example here. However – something has moved recently. There is hope now – as on the 30th of April 2014 a conference is due to be held here. And during it – some plans for the renovation and mending are going to be revealed. Hopefully – in few years’ time we will again be pleasing our eyes with this fine example of medieval engineering 🙂

 

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Home :)

I have finally returned from my Poland tours – and from now on – it is going to be the local guiding only. No more packing – till March. I could as well say – home sweet home 😉

So now I will have some more time to tidy up the eternal mess in photos, to prepare notes for lecturing, to proceed with the book translation, to tidy the mess in all the notes… In one sentence – I will do all the things I did not have time to do before 🙂

And so – here are the examples of my recent activity

A bit of Gdansk – my Gdansk, and – St. Mary’s the always fascinating monument to Gdansk’s pride.

Soon there will be more to come…

Published in: on 02/11/2013 at 18:03  Leave a Comment  

At dusk….

I once wanted to move out and away from here. Here – means Gdansk. My Gdansk.

I wished to leave everything behind and start anew, erasing the previous life and all the bonds. I have lived abroad for many years, I have travelled – and seemed not be tied to any place in particular…

It seems however – I would never be able to do it… I am more tied to this place on earth than I ever thought 😉

How could I live without such breathtaking views – as dusk at the sea.  😀

So HERE are my latest pictures of my place on earth.

Enjoy 🙂

Published in: on 04/08/2013 at 21:51  Leave a Comment  

Sunset on the Baltic…

I like going to the beach in the late afternoon, during the sunset. There are less people, the water gets colors, and the dans is milder (or so it seems).

Recently I collected some of the pics I have taken in the late afternoons – and HERE is the gallery.

enjoy 🙂

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Yesterday …

Yesterday again I guided in my favorite dress. The city was sunny, people joyful, and only the wind was trying to find out what does the dress construction look like :)Having two hands only, it was in moments quite a challenge, to walk, talk, hold the hat, and save the dress from wrapping around my head  :)))

fioletowa ja

Published in: on 31/05/2013 at 09:16  Comments (1)  

A bit of Oliwa Cathedral

Oliwa Cathedral is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

It is the longest post-cistercian church in the world (about 107 meters long)  with exquisite accoustics. And besides the marvelous pieces of art which can be seen HERE – the cathedral has a hit of the region – an exceptional organ. It has 7876 pipes, and 110 real voices (87 of which are in the main instrument,  and 14 in the cross-nave).

Whoever comes to Gdansk, even having vague information about the city – knows one – the Oliwa Cathedral is definitely MUST SEE, when in north Poland.

So HERE are some pictures as an appetizer, for those, who have never been here yet 🙂

An echoe of a Japanese visit

Some time ago, I had a pleasure to be guiding a group of Japanese journalists form a prestigious magazine. They came to Poland to write about the country and its possibilities of development.

 The publication is called Excellent Poland Rising Polska vol. 1. And it is printed on a high quality thick paper (“art-paper”), with beautiful photographs, and thorough information.

How do I know – if I do not know Japanese? Well – I have some friends who can read Japanese, and they told me 🙂

So I awaited at the Lech Walesa Airport for a group of three persons. They finally emerged from the arrivals – without their luggage, which probably circled the world somewhere between Japan and Poland… I thought it was not the best start, but suddenly the sun came out from among the clouds, and the day turned really beautiful.

Although my guests were quite tired, they did not want to have any rest, nor meal, as their schedule was quite packed with events and meetings. Besides they wanted to see Gdansk. And – they wanted to take some pictures for their future publication. So I promised, I would show them a very good spot to take extra photos of the city’s panorama.

After all the meetings, well after sunset I took them to the promised spot, where they could admire the view across the river Motława. One of the evening photos from this place that my guests took, can be found in the publication I have in my hands.  It really is beautiful.

The time of their visit came to an end, and after exchanging business cards, and I got a promise of a copy of this publication.

So yesterday when the postman brought a large envelope stamped in Japanese I was glad that they finished editing. Inside there awaited a great and a very pleasant surprise! My guests posted a picture of me.

Thus, I had to write this post – to simply show off, as I am very honored with being pictured in such a prestigious publication.

The colors of water – Gdańsk

Since childhood, I have always been fascinated with the colors of the water in the Baltic Sea. Whenever we were sailing to Gdansk – my Dad used to wake me up early in the morning, so that I would see how the Gulf of Gdansk changes colors. From grey, or blue-grey – to green, or brown-green, the colors were changing depending on the light or the time of day.

Today I took my camera and went to the beach to take some photos of the sea.  When I came there – the water was grey-blue. And in the far distance, on the horizon, I could see the dark shadows of heavy rain or a snow storm. The water there had the color of dark graphite. It was hard to say where the sea ended and where the sky started… And suddenly the colors changed. I stood amazed – when I saw green water, and the swans in a vivid contrast with it.

Indeed, I do understand why my Dad loved the sea so much 🙂

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Amazing Gdansk

HERE is a link to my photo-blog. I posted there some photos of today’s Gdansk.

It is really a beautiful town 🙂

Winter in Gdansk

This winter is playing tricks. It is either windy or rainy. But – yesterday it really started to snow. Well, with only 68 days left till summer it high time 😉 My group had a lunch break during the sightseeing – so I sneaked out to take some winter pictures of My City. Gdańsk is a very photogenic town, so whenever I can – I take the opportunity to photograph it’s beauty. HERE are a few photos of yesterday’s snowfall.