Krakow City Visit

We walked into the city on Monday night and found a great restaurant with a Polish band playing.  Mikey practiced his “clinking of the glass”.  We enjoyed some polish dishes.  We had some wine but with an earlier experience with Polish wine, we opted for some Italian and Australian wine.  Nana Sue showed us a…

The Salt Mines

Off to the salt mines to see the oldest continuous working salt mine.  The mine operates 24 hours a day and has been working for 700 years. It is mainly a place where tourist’s visit now and they have over 500 employees just supporting all of the tourists. We dropped down into the mine in…

A surprise visit with the Cardinal

We arrived at the Archbishop’s Residence in Krakow on Monday and I was surprised that we were received by Cardinal Stanistaw Dziwisz.  Cardinal Stanislaw was part of Pope John Paull II’s life throughout his involvement with the church.  He talked about Krakow, blessed us, and gave Mikey two candy bars.  Mikey was thrilled to death.…

On the tour with Mikey

One of the joys of this pilgrimage is to be with my family and my grandson, Michael Murry, who we call Mikey.  Mikey has been in a great mood the entire trip. Not that he hasn’t had a few meltdowns but was a joy to be with.  His Aunts took very well care of him,…

Visit to Auschwitz

On Sunday we visited Auscwitz.  It was a very somber day for a Sunday.  The day started off with light rain and very cloudy.  We arrived at the camp and learned that there were two main camps.  Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II – Birkenau.  We first started at Auschwitz I which started out as a…

The Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Fatima

Our next day we headed to Zakopane, home of the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Fatima.  An entire church was built after Pope John Paul II was shot and he recovered.  The entire city prayed for John Paul II and they publicly said that if he recovers then they will build a church dedicated…

In the Footsteps of Pope John Paul II

The theme of this pilgrimage is in the footsteps of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  On the third day we visited the birthplace and home of the Holy Father, John Paul II.  He was born in a small Polish village but with him becoming Pope, it has become a very important part of…