If only the United States of America shared such displays of culture. I will truly miss this beautiful country.
While walking through one of the parks in Warsaw, we stumbled upon this lovely orchestra and dancers. What a beautiful display of culture!
Kasia seems a little lost in Warsaw's old town.
Here are a few videos showing our time at Malta Park in Poznań, Poland. What fun!
A Quick View of the Fortified City of Toruń
Games, Jokes, and Laughter Abound in Poznań
We had a wonderful two days in.Warszawa. Spending time with the family is always a good way to say our final goodbyes to our beloved fatherland.
Today we spent our last day in Poznań with the family at Malta Park. This is a huge park filled with outdoor games, rides, a huge shopping mall, and even a water park. What a great place to relax and enjoy!
It is nearing the end of the day, and we have had a delightful time in Toruń. We certainly picked a beautiful place to stay. Here are a few more photos of what the night brings from the roof top of our apartment. It will be hard to leave this beautiful place, but family in Poznań awaits and we love being with them as they bring such laughter and energy.
We just arrived in Toruń. What a lovely city! We are going to hit the town now and share some of the sites with you. Absolutely amazing! This is a must see for anyone traveling to Poland. Very reasonable place with amazing gingerbread and pierogi!
Spending the night in Berlin and making a mad tour of the city. Oh, and don't forget that a good German beer cures all!
Wow! What a weekend! The coffee and dessert reception thrown by the Kozal family for Nick and me on Saturday was a very emotional one...lots of tears and sharing of old photos and memories. I could not love and cherish my family more. The concert following was amazing. Nick ended up playing the Emperor's Fanfare by Soler for the entrance of the Bishop of Kalisz during the installation of the new rector during the evening Mass at the church of Saint John the Baptist. They were blown away! The concert immediately followed and there was a turn out of about 100 people, mostly Kozal family members. In short there was success for Nick at the organ and for me with my selected vocal pieces; I am grateful for that. Everyone enjoyed the concert and did not stop talking about it. Then the rector provided a dinner reception afterward complete with soup, meats, sandwiches, salads, and wine. It was lovely and once again filled with emotion. Sunday we spent the day in the car visiting the villages from where the Kozal family in the America emigrated and where many of the Kozal families still live. It was truly an amazing. Following are some photos...
Stress...We had to modify the concert program a bit because the church is getting a new rector today. This means the bishop of Kalisz will be here not only to install the new rector but also will be at the concert. It will be quite the event! So Nick will be playing the Emperor's Fanfare for the bishop's entrance. :) Following are a few pics of the church...
We had nice afternoon with Szymon at the National Museum in Poznan and then at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Old Town. The evening then culminated with a family dinner at a hunting club restaurant. The dinner consisted of steak tartar, czarnina (duck soup), dzik (wild boar), kaczka (crispy duck), dziczyzna (venison), salads of many kinds, and of course, ginger vodka and red wine. What a delicious meal! And finally to the Fara Church in Poznań for an organ concert. Please enjoy the photos that follow. Click on each to enlarge them. Tomorrow we leave for the village of Krotoszyn where we will give our concert on Saturday. Time for sleep.