All Saints Day

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20161101_all-saints-day_15Today was All Saints Day. It is a major public holiday in Poland. Most people go to the cemetery and almost everything is closed.

 

 

 

We started by walking through the local cemetery, Rakowicka. It is quite old and has some very historic graves including Jan Matejko, a famous painter.

Jan Matejko

Jan Matejko

There was also an interesting monument to the concentration camps. Surprisingly it listed Dachau which was in Germany and I could not find Chelmno. No doubt there is a reason. Concentration Camps Memorial

 

My
Google searches were unfruitful.

While we waited for the bus to visit Alfred’s grave at Batowice Cemetery Anna bough some sweets, “Turkish Honey”, miodek turecki, which is only available at this time of year. It was very nice.

The bus was crowded but the roads were empty so we made good time.

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Unknown people

Unknown People

Alfred

Alfred

Alfred

Alfred

Alfred

Alfred

There were many more people at Batowice. It is a newer cemetery. The graves were massively decorated. I was impressed that even the graves of unknown people had flowers and candles.

We felt like a cof
fee but nothing was open so we headed to Rynek. The obvious bus was full so we picked another at random. We got off at a major road we recognised, 29 Listopada. We found another going in the right direction. Got off at Novi Kleparz and then took a tram. Of course Rynek was dead but we did manage to find a restaurant and have a wine and a coffee. We then came home so I could finish off the fifty or so photos I took.