Articles in Poland travel
Good eating, an eclectic Toastmasters group, hospice training, Zen meditation, depression, social phobia, orgasmic meditation, tears — and laughter — all come into play in Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press), an insightful gem of a memoir: writer, editor, foodie and adventurer Wanda Hennig’s first.
British-born Caroline Grabowska and her Pawła Gąsiorek (Paul) have turned Dwór Sieraków, near Krakow in Poland, into a four-star historic hotels listed establishment. Chef Janusz Fic is the man culinary travelers will seek out at the restaurant, recognized by Slow Food Poland. Paul’s wine cellar is one of Poland’s finest. And their Dwór Sieraków vodka is now a label of note.
The fourth European Film Festival (2017 edition) for South Africa will screen at Cinema Nouveau in Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg beween May 5 and May 14. The films include award-winning entries from 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Ireland and Croatia for the first time.
Entering Wieliczka Salt Mine is like being transported into another world. A unreal, mystical, subterranean nether-world. Salt mining started here in the 13th century. Not surprisingly if a little eerily, the adventures, the stories, the lives of men and women who have lived and worked (and sometimes died) here, deep in the bowels of the earth, infuse the place. You feel it, sense it — or at least I did — as you descend after entering. As you climb down, down, down the narrow wooden stairwell into a nether world of caverns and tunnel-paths and overhangs. Small wonder this UNESCO Heritage Site is one of Poland’s top tourist attractions.
On her “roots” and culinary travel trip to Poland, Wanda Hennig comes to appreciate her vodka-pouring hosts, learns about nalewka — a traditional vodka-like drink infused with herbs, fruit, and/or spices — first at Krakow’s legendary Cafe Jama Michalika and later at upscale seasonally-inspired Pod Baranem restaurant (among other places). Not surprisingly, she comes home with the T-shirt…
Krakow’s historic Stary Kleparz Market, which dates back to the 12th century, is a must for foodies who travel to Poland. It’s where locals shop and travel writer Wanda Hennig found it ‘the best’ for a sensual photo adventure.
Chef Adam Chrząstowski is reviving Polish culinary traditions at Ed Red restaurant in Krakow. “We try to respect the whole animal. Our restaurant is dedicated to meat,” he told the author. Ed Red was the first restaurant in Poland to dry-age their steaks, all the meat comes within 100km. Local products and reeducating palates are among the charming and well-traveled chef’s culinary passions.
Poland is enjoying a culinary renaissance. Krakow is Poland’s favorite destination with tourists. Travel writer Wanda Hennig meets top Polish chef Adam Chrząstowski, is introduced to Poland’s fledgling wine industry and lists 7 Krakow culinary highlights including the legendary Pod Baranem restaurant, the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, lovely Lanckorona, Carp Valley and lunch in the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Wanda Hennig, blogging about her month-long ‘roots’ and culinary travel trip to Poland, visits Toruń, which becomes the city of gingerbread, Copernicus, sublime food and devastating World War ll reminiscences.
On day five of her “roots” trip to Poland, Wanda Hennig explores “town for lovers” Chełmno and savors the historic city’s culinary delights.