Living Kraków Virtual Poland Part 4: Torun


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  • Poland
  • Torun
  • Gniezno
  • Copernicus
  • Ancient Archeological Dig
  • Pilgrimage
  • Travel

Day 4 begins with nice family style breakfast served by the Divine Mercy Sisters at the Convent in Płock. Then to Gniezno, Mother Church of Poland Catholics, a tour of the Cathedral. Lunch at the site of a current archeological dig of the oldest discovered civilization in Poland. (Jamie, a worker in the St. Thomas Apostle Book Store in Phoenix volunteered at this dig for about 2 years prior.) The dig is on an island in the middle of the Wisła River, we viewed it from the shore. Then on to Torun, where we stayed the night at an historic hotel in the City Center.

Highlight in Torun was the Pierniki (Gingerbread) Museum. This city is world famed for its gingerbread and schoolchildren come from all of Poland to participate in workshops. They welcomed us Seniors to join their workshop and relive our childhood. It was great fun and we learned the secret ingredient of their pierniki. But, if we tell, there are dire consequences.

Some things to notice:

  • Interesting Hay Sculptures outside our luncheon restaurant, in the form of Mastodons and other prehistoric creatures
  • In the Gniezno Basilica, tombs of many Bishops and prominent Poles
  • In the gingerbread workshop, the obvious joy on the faces of our Pilgrims. We really had fun.
  • Germanish architecture of the city, Torun

Spiritual Director:
Fr. Steve Kunkel, Pastor of St. Thomas Apostle in Phoenix. Fr. Steve created this entire series of 12 Videos in this VIRTUAL POLAND presentation (with photo input also from Fr. Charlie Goraib, who joins us in Kraków) and retains copyrights.

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