Home to my roots (I think)
Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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By lunchtime we were still travelling East, hindered by the incessant call of the GPS to beware of the speed cameras. We stopped in a town whose name now escapes me, but for a few cents we purchased an array of pastries from a local bakery, and enjoyed them amongst the locals in a quiet area of the town.
Shortly thereafter we arrived at Piotrkow and the district, in which I imagined would have been home to my Grandparents in the 1800's, was sought out.
From Piotrkow we headed westward toward Czestochowa where we would be spending the night.The main attraction of this town is the Jasna Gora Monastery. Founded in 1382 by Pauline monks, it is Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary and the country's greatest place of pilgrimage.The image of Black Madonna of Czestochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is Jasna Gora's most precious treasure.
Since the Monastery was open till late, we toured those areas that we could and then enjoyed a meal in a restaurant located along the main boulevard of Czestochowa. This long tree lined central avenue which is pedestrianized in the middle and is reminiscent of a Parisian boulevard, extends from the hill top of Jasna Gora to the centre of the town.
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