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Gatineau (near Ottawa): MosaïCanada 150

Hello my dear blog readers. I would like to invite you to visit Ottawa with me one more time. This time we will see an amazing event that was organized to celebrate Canada’s 150 anniversary. But first, I would like to introduce MY GRANDDAUGHTER ERIKA, who was born in Ottawa …

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Boldt Castle, the story of an American dream

Hello from North America this time! I would like to invite you to visit a very unusual castle. It is located on Heart Island (on the St Lawrence River), between Canada and USA, on the American side of the river. Boldt Castle was built as the testimony of the unsurpassed …

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Pultusk – a beautiful small town in Poland

Hello my friends! Dziendobry from Poland! Today, we will walk around a small town of Pultusk (100km north of Warsaw). Beautifully located near the Narew River, Pultusk has a rich history and tradition. It is an ideal destination for a Sunday afternoon. The old castle is now called Polonia House, …

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Warsaw stands still for one full minute

Hello from Warsaw. Today is a very important day in the history of this beautiful city. Every year, on August 1, Warsaw stands still for one full minute to commemorate the beginning of the Uprising in 1944, where 200,000 people lost their lives in a battle against the Nazis. My …

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Buddhist art in Sri Lanka

Pam, this blog post is for you! Here is a very short and simple introduction to Buddhist art in Sri Lanka combined with my pictures from different locations and drawings. The stupa or dagoba is the most universal Buddhist architectural symbol. As Buddhist theology developed , so the elements of …

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Sri Lanka’s famous architect and our big surprise

Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003) is Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect. His style is called ‘tropical modernism’. Some main characteristics of his work are: concern with nature and natural setting, he wanted his buildings to blend with the environment use of local material, ecologically sound designIn Colombo we visited Seema Malaka temple. Today, …

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Boat safaris in southern Sri Lanka

During our last two days in Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to take two boat safaris or tours in the southern part of the island. One of them was on Koggala Lake, east of Galle, with Malgosia and Wojtek, the other one was on Madu River, west of Galle, …

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My Sri Lankan adventure (in English and in Polish)

Today, I decided to visit the local village on my own. I did what my favourite Polish travel writer, Beata Pawlikowska, recommends: learn some basic words in local language, put a smile on your face, take a road/street, go and see what happens. So I did. I took a side …

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Sri Lanka: Galle

Ayubowan from Galle, Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city, located near the island’s southernmost point. The Galle fort was declared world heritage site by UNESCO. The two beautiful people on the picture are Malgosia and Wojtek, both high school teachers in Warsaw. She teaches Polish language and literature, he teaches history …

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Sri Lanka’s southern coast

Another monument of tsunami victims. Tsunami monuments or memorials can be found in many places in the southern coast. This beach area is famous for good surfing conditions: Lifeguard: Sri Lanka is famous for its fishermen on stilts, it is their traditional way to  catch a fish in a rough sea. …

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