20.07.2024

End of July, 1979. 45 (!!!) years ago, my first trip to the Tatra Mountains. Two high-school friends and I spent a week hiking, eating mostly shit, and sleeping on the floor in insanely crowded mountain huts. We loved it. I was already a very experienced hiker but it was the first time in my life that I saw people rock climbing ...and that's how it all started, lol.

Andrzej



08.07.2024

Regardless of season or time of day, the views from our terrace are spectacular. Life is all about choices, as I'm fond of saying. We downsized to a much smaller apartment, but the tradeoff makes it very much worthwhile. Anytime I feel like I wish we had a bigger/nicer place, all I have to do is lift my head, look at this view, and think about where we came from and where we are now. Life is good.

Shona



26.06.2024

One of the biggest architectural attractions of the city of Liege, in Belgium, is the Guillemins Railway Station. From Wiki: At the end of the 20th century, high-speed trains were introduced, requiring a new station since the existing platforms were too small. The new station, by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, was officially opened on 18 September 2009. The new station is made of steel, glass and white concrete. It includes a monumental arch, 160 metres long and 32 metres high. The building costs were 312 million.

Andrzej



21.06.2024

Anyone looking for the modern side of Luxembourg City should visit Kirchberg. Kirchberg is a district in the north-eastern part of the city, connected to the historical city center, Ville Haute, by the Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge, which spans the Pfaffenthal valley. It is the predominant location of the European Union institutions based within Luxembourg, and it's also the business and cultural hub of the country. The Philharmonie building and the Mudam Museum of Modern Art are a must for every architecture and modern art aficionado.

Andrzej



16.06.2024

Maybe not in the best shape, damn rain, slippery cobblestones, pain in the knee, thousands of people crowding you, WTF am I doing here? Thoughts in your head as you run (you know, usual stuff, lol) but I’m happy to announce that the second leg of my 3x100 challenge is done.

I took part (along with over 10 thousand other individuals who had nothing better to do on a Saturday night but run in the rain) in the X Night Half-marathon in Wrocław, and it was my long distance run number 100! Yay!

Andrzej



14.06.2024

Sightseeing in France is very easy, there is something interesting to see around almost every corner. Chateaux are a huge, picturesque magnets for domestic and foreign tourists alike, and the are plenty of them. Below is a short description of two of them I had the chance to see and admire a couple of weeks ago.

(From Wiki): The Chateau de Chenonceau is spanning the river Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux. It is one of the best-known chateaux of the Loire Valley. The current chateau was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited chateau in France.

(From Wiki): The Chateau de Chambord is one of the most recognisable chateaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture, which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building was constructed by the king of France, Francis I. Chambord is the largest chateau in the Loire Valley. It was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I (good to be king!).

Andrzej



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