Posts tagged ‘poland’

Wordless Wednesday: Beer Walk

Beer Walk
Location: Kraków, Poland

February 7, 2017 at 10:30 am 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Location: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

It caught my eye while visiting the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in the German-occupied Poland where thousands of Jews and Non-Jews alike were exterminated by the Nazis in World War II.

Unintended or by design, this set of flowers, surrounded by barbed wires, indicated that beauty could bloom even in the most dire of situations.

Right there and then, I decided to take its picture. I thought that was the least I could do to preserve its memory long after it was gone.

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August 20, 2016 at 9:08 am 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Time and Relativity
Location: Krakow, Poland

In response to this week’s challenge, I want to share a picture that I took in the street of Krakow.

On first glance, you may not notice the connection. You’d think I’d gone nuts. But please indulge me for a moment.

Let me start by quoting Albert Einstein explaining his theory of time and relativity for the rest of us.

“When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours.”

Now, let me paraphrase that quote a little bit.

“When you walk and kiss a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you pose as a human statue for a minute, you think it’s two hours especially when nobody pays attention.”

Did you finally get it? I hope you like the picture and that I’ve made Mr. Einstein proud.

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February 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm 11 comments

A Piece of America

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 June 2015

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was a lighting fixture that Ella’s father bought from the flea market.

Although it was too stylish for their circumstances, it didn’t stop him from installing it in their third floor apartment in Brooklyn. At the time, it represented the only piece of America that he owned.

His father was a doctor in Poland when the communists forced them to become refugees in America. Unable to practice his profession, he took whatever jobs he could find.

Ella who eventually became a doctor herself now thought its rich brass tone would fit nicely in their new home in Long Island.

June 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm 42 comments

weekly photo challenge: afloat

rock pigeons
location: main market square, kraków, poland
the main market square on the old town (stare miasto) district in kraków, poland is home to hundreds, if not thousands of rock pigeons. i was lucky to get a shot of them while they were afloat eyeing food handouts from visiting tourists.

the rock pigeons aren’t the only feature of the main square supposedly the largest medieval square in europe. it’s surrounded by centuries-old architectures such as the cloth hall, town hall tower, church of st. adalbert, and st. mary’s basilica. you can also find restaurants and cafes where you can dine, relax, and watch the world around you. it’s a lovely place to visit for locals and tourists alike.

dating back to the 13th century, there’s a lot of history to it, too. it had been a witness to many royal ceremonies and victory celebrations as well as public executions of prisoners. in the modern era, it had been a place for staging mass demonstrations against the soviet union by the solidarity movement that led to its country’s independence.

lonely planet rates kraków’s main square as the most beautiful in the world. since i’ve never been all over, i give it the benefit of the doubt.

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April 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm 10 comments

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