My A to Z Blogging Challenge

Alphabetical inspiration and motivation for bloggers

‘U’ is for Ula

My Personal A-Z of Poland has taken me down many routes and shared many stories. Dad, along with millions of others, paid the price of a war torn Europe.  His family … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘T’ is for Tatry Mountains

Mountains and water are, for me, a pretty irresistible combination.  On my recent visit to Poland, this is as near as I got to the Tatry Mountain range, but what … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘S’ is for Szczawnica

Well, where else should it be?  If you saw my Monday walk this week, you’ll know that I have a new Polish love in my life.  The thermal spa town Szczawnica in … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personal A to Z of our recent holiday to Gibraltar – F to I

Continuing the A to Z of our recent trip to Gibraltar. Click to read our post – F to I

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personal A to Z of our holiday in Gibraltar – A to E

As some of you may know, we recently had a short family break to Gibraltar. Having watched the Channel 5 series “Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun”, we googled to find … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘M’ is for Monsaraz

I’m going to struggle for photos for this post, because I visited Monsaraz on a damp, if not soaking wet, day!  Seems to be a recurring theme on here lately, … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘L’ is for Loule

  Loule to me means just one thing.  Carnaval!  This quiet inland market town in the Algarve is no Rio de Janeiro, but it knows how to party. For over … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘K’ is for Kings (three, or more?)

I had arrived in the Algarve just after the New Year but in time for Epiphany, and was curious to see what kind of celebrations, if any, this might entail. … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘I’ is for Irena and “Idziemy”

I should maybe explain what’s going on here.  Arek likes a bit of fun.  Several years ago the family were in Zakopane for a Silver Wedding celebration.  Lynne, my stepsister, … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personal A-Z of Portugal. Y is for YOLO

Now, I must thank my teenager for the “Y is for” post, because there is no way in a million years that I’d ever have come up with YOLO! He … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Z is for Zapping: The best way of paying for public transport in Lisbon, Portugal

Working out which travel card you need to use Lisbon’s many forms of public transport can prove more complicated than it should be. If you have a Lisbon card, your travel … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

R is for “rodzina”

Rodzina is the Polish word for family, and what an important word it is. For many years “Polish family”, to me, meant just Dad.  My English mother, Nancy, has been … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

P is for Pope, Piotrek and Przemek

Poland is, by and large, a Catholic country, and one of the images that stays in my head from my very first visit is that of Pope John Paul II … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

N is for “Nie rozumiem”

We drove all around the enormous site to a lakeside location with sports facilities, and, you’ve guessed it, a cracking view of the power station!  Apparently it’s very popular in … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

N is for “Não faz mal”

It seems ages since I was in Portugal, though in fact it was only in July.  In the words of a little Portuguese phrase, “não faz mal”- it doesn’t really … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

M is for Mariacki and Marysia

One of my very first sights when I visited Poland for the first time was the Mariacki Church.  The splendour of the Rynek Główny in Kraków, Europe’s largest market square, is crowned … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

L is for Lusia, Lodzia and Łódź

So, the city that I’m going to tell you a little about, Łódź, is pronounced Wooj, or something very like that.  I have never actually visited this city, which is … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

S is for Silves

From earliest times, the Arade River was the route to the Portuguese interior used by Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, drawn by copper and iron, mined in the Western Algarve.  With … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

O is for “okropny” and the Ojcow Valley

I arrived in Kraków expecting the beautiful Spring weather I had experienced in previous years, but it was not to be. Okropny- the Polish word for “terrible”- described it very … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Q is for the Quintessential of all trees, the Sunland Baobab Tree

I have always wanted to use the word “quintessential” but how and where, then, while I was writing an article on trees (don’t ask..), the Baobab Tree sprung to mind … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Z is for Zgorzelec and Zakopane

I expect some of you have heard of Zakopane, in the Tatry Mountains in Poland? Zgorzelec, maybe not, but it is a town of great significance for me. It’s the … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

G is for Grażyna

Grażyna is the daughter of Dad’s oldest living brother, my Uncle Włodek. He lives in Zgorzelec, and this post just seemed to follow on naturally from that one. Grażyna was … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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