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9+Wonderful Places You Should Visit in Krakow Poland

9+Wonderful Places You Should Visit in Krakow Poland

December 3, 2022

9+ Wonderful Places You Should Visit in Krakow Poland

In episode 85, we explore 9+ places to visit beyond the great Market Square of Krakow. We continue our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through western Poland. 

Kraków is the 2nd largest city in Poland. Located on Poland’s longest river, the Wisła, this once capital of Poland has a history dating back to the 7th century.  The Old Town of Kraków was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and was one of the first 12 sites granted this special recognition. The city attracts more than 13 million visitors annually.

Places to see beyond Kraków’s Market Square

Enjoy Food and Drink in Krakow

Featured on this episode - continue over 1,000 drinking tradition under the Town Hall Tower.

For a great dinner, visit Pod Baranem. It is one of the finest restaurants in the city.

Where to stay in Kraków

Our accommodation was at the Platinum Aparthotel. This was a convenient location just off the market square and easily accessible to the Old Town within a 15-minute walk.

 

Take a City Tour in Kraków 

Krakow Grand City Tour by Golf Cart 
Rated 5-stars on Viator

Books about Kraków

Get ready for your visit to the city with some reading:

DK Eyewitness Krakow

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three-week Poland itinerary.

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: While planning your travels, you can find links to several books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources we recommend - all of which we personally use in our travels.

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Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in Poland.

 

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The Great Market Square of Kraków

The Great Market Square of Kraków

November 19, 2022

Visiting the Great Market Square of Krakow

In episode 84, we explore the great Market Square of Krakow. We continue our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through western Poland. 

Kraków is the 2nd largest city in Poland. Located on Poland’s longest river, the Wisła, this once capital of Poland has a history dating back to the 7th century.  The Old Town of Kraków was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and was one of the first 12 sites granted this special recognition. The city attracts more than 13 million visitors annually.

Places to see in Kraków’s Market Square

 

Eat at one of Poland’s restaurants

When you visit the Rynek Główny, be sure to have a meal at Wierzynek.  Dating back to the 14th century, it is one of Poland’s oldest restaurants. 

With a capacity of 200 guests over four floors, the restaurant has eight themed dining rooms.  It is a luxurious culinary experience with traditional Eastern European fish and game.  Servings are imaginative. And you’ll find a strong menu of Polish wines.

Dinner here is expensive, but this is a place to splurge when in the city.

 

Where to stay in Kraków

Our accommodation was at the Platinum Aparthotel. This was a convenient location just off the market square and easily accessible to the Old Town with a 15-minute walk.

 

Take a Walking Tour of Kraków Market Square

Krakow Old Town Walking Tour 
Rated 5-stars on Viator

Books about Kraków

Get ready for your visit to the city with some reading:

DK Eyewitness Krakow

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three-week Poland itinerary.

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources that we recommend - all of which, we personally use in our travels.

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Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in Poland.

 

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Julie & Art

 

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Places to see in Wroclaw Poland

Places to see in Wroclaw Poland

November 5, 2022

In episode 83, we explore places to see in Wroclaw Poland. We continue our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through western Poland. 

Wroclaw is the 4th largest city in Poland. Located on the Odra River, this beautiful city includes 12 islands, 130 bridges, and many beautiful green spaces with more than 14 parks and gardens. The city attracts more than 5 million visitors annually.

Places to see in Wrocław Poland

  • Wrocław Market Square
  • Monument to the anonymous passerby
  • Old town hall
  • Wrocław dwarves
  • Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island)
  • Odra River
  • Racławice Panorama
  • Centennial Hall
  • Basilica of St. Elizabeth
  • Wrocław University

Where to stay in Wrocław

Our accommodation was at the Scandic Wroclaw Hotel. This was a great location for exploring the city center and nearby museums.

Books about Wrocław

Get ready for your visit to the city with some reading:

Uprooted: How Breslau because Wroclaw during the century of expulsions by Gregor Thum

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three-week Poland itinerary.

 

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources that we recommend - all of which, we personally use in our travels.

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Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in Poland.

 

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Things to do in Poznan

Things to do in Poznan

October 15, 2022

In episode 82, we check out the top things to do on a visit to Poznań Poland. We continue our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through western Poland. 

Poznań is the 5th largest city in Poland. This colorful and vibrant 1,000-year-old city offers plenty of history and culture for tourists.  We explore highlights from our trip to help you learn what to expect on a visit to Poznań.

Places to see in Poznań Poland

  • Poznań Market Square
  • Poznań Town Hall - Ratusz Poznański
  • Museum of the History of the City of Poznań
  • St. Martin’s Croissant Museum
  • Wielkopolska Military Museum
  • Church of St. Stanislaus
  • Park Cytadela
  • Ostrów Tumski
  • Poznan Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul
  • Brama Poznania
  • Enigma Code Breakers Monument
  • Museum of Musical Instruments

Where to stay in Poznań

Our accommodation was at the Hotel Wloski. This was a great location for exploring the city center and nearby museums.

Here are three more top-rated places to stay if you visit Poznań:

Hampton by Hilton Poznan Old Town
Hotel DeSilva Premium Poznań
City Solei Boutique Hotel

Books about Poznań

Get ready for your visit to Poznań with these books:

Poznan, Poland by Naira Matevosyan

Greater Than a Tourist- Poznań Poland: 50 Travel Tips from a Local by Serkan Daban

A Chip Shop in Poznań: My Unlikely Year in Poland by Ben Aitken

Is Poznań worth visiting?

Absolutely. The city is known as the birthplace of Poland.  With numerous museums and cultural sites, you can stay busy for days exploring Poznań.

 

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three-week Poland itinerary.

 

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources that we recommend - all of which, we personally use in our travels.

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Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in Poland.

 

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Two Days in Torun Poland

Two Days in Torun Poland

October 1, 2022

Two Days in Toruń Poland

On episode 81, we recap our two days in Toruń Poland. We're about in the middle of our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through western Poland and can’t wait to share our adventures with our listeners.

Toruń is a magnificent historical medieval town established by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century. It sits on the banks of the Vistula River in north-central Poland and is a UNESCO world heritage site.  It is one of the oldest cities in Poland - first settled in the 8th century and later expanded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233.


What to see in Toruń

On this episode, we’ll take you through eight things to see and do while spending at least two days in Toruń Poland.  Here’s a list of stops we discuss during our time in this Polish city:

Private Walking Tour - We chose "Walking Tour of the medieval Toruń". There are several options available spanning 2 to 6 hours.  Walking tours are a great way to get familiar with a new location. 

Explore the Old Town - The Old Town sector offers so much history.  There’s a vast original architectural collection of churches, museums, shops, and restaurants.

Living Museum of Gingerbread - This museum is the #1 place to visit in Toruń according to TripAdvisor. Located in the middle of the city center, this interactive experience takes place in a Medieval Bakery under the watchful eyes of a Gingerbread Master. 

House of Nicolas Copernicus Museum The city has a museum devoted to the astronomer located in the Gothic tenement house that was the birthplace of Copernicus. Stepping inside is another way to get immersed in the medieval architecture of the former burgher residences. Nicolas lived in this home for the first seven years of his life.

Krzywa Wieża (Crooked Tower)Legend here says that crookedness was punishment for sinful Teutonic Knights.  When you visit the tower, you’re supposed to stand with your entire backside from head to heels touching the wall and stretching out your arms. If you can keep standing in this position without wobbling, then this is a sign you have a clear conscience.

Monuments and Statues - We saw so many monuments in Toruń - monuments of people, of legends, and of animals.

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and John the Baptist - This Gothic-style cathedral hails from the early 13th century. 

Medieval Defensive City Walls Panorama - Walk across the river to see a spectacular panoramic view of the old town.  There’s an observation deck that is a great place for photos.  The view itself is considered one of the wonders of Poland.


Where to stay in Toruń

We stayed at Hotel Filmar during our visit to Toruń.  We did need a taxi to get here from the train station, but that only came up to about $4 US.  The location was very walkable to the main/medieval city

 

Is Toruń worth visiting?

Absolutely. It offers a wealth of original medieval buildings, wonderful churches, and great places for food and drink.  Don't leave without trying some of Toruń's famous gingerbread.  

 

More things to do in Toruń

Like on most trips, we ran out of time for sightseeing while in Toruń. If we had more time, here are more things we suggest in this town. 

Teutonic Castle Ruins:  We would recommend making more time to visit the Teutonic Castle ruins.  The original castle was built in a horseshoe-shaped plan surrounded by a curtain wall and moats.  Today the castle survives as a ruin.

Planetarium: Toruń is home to both a planetarium and also an astronomical observatory that has the largest radio telescope in Central Europe.

 

 

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three-week Poland itinerary.

 

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources that we recommend - all of which, we personally use in our travels.

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Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in this Polish city.

 

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The Best Places To Visit Near Gdansk Poland

The Best Places To Visit Near Gdansk Poland

September 17, 2022

Best places to visit near Gdansk Poland

On episode 80, we check out the best places to visit near Gdansk Poland. We continue our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through the western Poland and can’t wait to share our adventures with our listeners.

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Located on the Baltic Sea, this historic city was the flash point of World War II, and the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement in 1980 which preceded the fall of Communist domination in Eastern Europe. Along with Gdynia and Sopot, Gdansk is part of the famous TriCity area which offers something for everyone.  

What to see nearby Gdansk

On this episode, we’ll take you through five things to see and do while staying Gdansk. These are options that are anywhere from a very short train ride away to about 90 minutes away.  Here’s the recommendations we discuss on this episode:

Oliwa Park
Oliwa Cathedral (Katedra Oliwska)
Oliwa Cathedral Organ

Pierogarnia Mandu Restaurant
Sopot Poland
Krzywy Domek - Crooked House
Malbork Castle

Also discussed on this episode, Chef Bogdan Gałązka - His cookbooks are worth seeking out for new takes on Polish cuisine

Where to stay in Gdansk

Our accommodation was at the Ibis Gdansk Stare Miasto Hotel. This was a great location for exploring the city center and nearby museums. The hotel's location also made it easy to get to the train station.

Here are three more top rated places to stay if you visit Gdasnsk:

Lavoo Boutique Apartments

Holiday Inn Gdansk City Center

Radisson Blu Hotel Gdansk

Books about Gdansk

Get ready for your visit to Gdansk with these books:

Rick Steves Snapshot Kraków, Warsaw & Gdansk 

I Went To Gdansk With Somebody: How A Northern Irishman Ended Up Living In Poland by Jonny Blair

Gdansk 25 Secrets 2020 - The Locals Travel Guide For Your Trip to Gdansk ( Poland ): Skip the tourist traps and explore like a local – by Antonio Araujo

Is Gdansk worth visiting?

Absolutely. The city center has some of the most beautiful streets in Europe. It's the birthplace of the 1980s ‘Solidarność’ (Solidarity) movement. You'll see an iconic harbor area, and Gdansk even has its own beer street.

 

More things to do near Gdansk

Like on most trips, we ran out of time for sightseeing while in Gdansk. If we had more time, here are more things we would like to do in Gdansk. 

Museum of the Second World War

Westerplatte - where the first shots of WWII happened

Amber Museum

Upside down house in Szymbark Poland – about 50 minutes west of Gdansk  
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/upside-down-house 

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three week Poland itinerary.

 

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources that we recommend - all of which, we personally use in our travels.

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Thanks for your support!

 

Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in Poland.

 

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Best things to do in Gdansk Poland

Best things to do in Gdansk Poland

September 3, 2022

Best Things To Do in Gdansk Poland

On episode 79, we check out the best things to do in Gdansk Poland. We continue our multi-part series taking you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through the western Poland and can’t wait to share our adventures with our listeners.

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Located on the Baltic Sea, this historic city was the flash point of World War II, and the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement in 1980 which preceded the fall of Communist domination in Eastern Europe. Along with Gdynia and Sopot, Gdansk is part of the famous TriCity area which offers something for everyone.  

What to see in Gdansk

On this episode, we’ll take you through five things to see and do while in Gdansk city center.  Here’s a list of stops we discuss from our time in this Polish city:

Gdańsk Old Town

Gdańsk Walking Tour

Essential streets to visit in Gdańsk including 
Długa street (Long street)
Długi Targ (Long Market)
Mariacka Street 

European Solidarity Centre

Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Where to stay in Gdansk

Our accommodation was at the Ibis Gdansk Stare Miasto Hotel. This was a great location for exploring the city center and nearby museums. The hotel's location also made it easy to get to the train station.

Here are three more top rated places to stay if you visit Gdasnsk:

Lavoo Boutique Apartments

Holiday Inn Gdansk City Center

Radisson Blu Hotel Gdansk

Books about Gdansk

Get ready for your visit to Gdansk with these books:

Rick Steves Snapshot Kraków, Warsaw & Gdansk 

I Went To Gdansk With Somebody: How A Northern Irishman Ended Up Living In Poland by Jonny Blair

Gdansk 25 Secrets 2020 - The Locals Travel Guide For Your Trip to Gdansk ( Poland ): Skip the tourist traps and explore like a local – by Antonio Araujo

Is Gdansk worth visiting?

Absolutely. The city center has some of the most beautiful streets in Europe. It's the birthplace of the 1980s ‘Solidarność’ (Solidarity) movement. You'll see an iconic harbor area, and Gdansk even has its own beer street.

 

More things to do in Gdansk

Like on most trips, we ran out of time for sightseeing while in Gdansk. If we had more time, here are more things we would like to do in Gdansk. 

Museum of the Second World War

Westerplatte - where the first shots of WWII happened

Amber Museum

 

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three week Poland itinerary.

 

More Travel Resources from The Places Where We Go

The Places Where We Go Travel Resources

TRAVEL BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

GEAR: We also invite you to visit our Amazon Storefront for more travel resources that we recommend - all of which, we personally use in our travels.

GET YOUR TRAVEL GEAR HERE! - The Places Where We Go Amazon Storefront

Thanks for your support!

 

Inspiring Your Future Travels

We hope this episode inspires you to consider a visit to Szczecin Poland.  

Which activities will you plan on your trip?   Drop us a line if you have an adventure in this Polish city.

 

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Julie & Art

 

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What to do in Szczecin Poland

What to do in Szczecin Poland

August 20, 2022

What To Do in Szczecin Poland

On episode 78, we check out what to do in Szczecin Poland.  This is the first of a multi-part series where we’ll take you to multiple cities in Poland.  We spent 23 days traveling through the western Poland and can’t wait to share our adventures with our listeners.

According to the Census Bureau, more than 9 million Americans claim Polish ancestry
And worldwide: It is estimated that the Polish diaspora numbers 20 million people, which is more than half of Poland's population. People of Polish descent live across the entire globe, sometimes forming a large and influential segment of the population of foreign cities like Chicago or Toronto.

Our first stop in Poland is Szczecin, a city whose population is nearly 400,000.  Today, Szczecin is a cultural center of western Poland with several theaters, a philharmonic orchestra, and a National Museum. It’s also an important shipbuilding center and its proximity to the Baltic Sea makes it possible to get a ferry to Sweden and Denmark from nearby.  The landscape of rivers, lakes, woods, and parks make up half of the city area.

Getting to Szczecin

We flew from the United States into the Berlin Airport (BER) in Germany.  The drive to Szczecin is about 90 minutes. We arranged for travel on FlixBus for our journey. If you have time on your itinerary, consider spending a day or two in Berlin before travelling into Poland.

What to see in Szczecin

On this episode, we’ll take you through eight things to see and do in Szczecin. We crafted our itinerary in part by consulting TripAdvisor.

We cover some of the best things to do in Szczecin. Here’s a list of stops we discuss from our time in this Polish city:

Waly Chrobrego 

Jasne Błonia Square and Kasprowicz Park

Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle

Szczecin Walking Tour

Szczecin Central Cemetery

The Pomeranian Ducal Castle and Tower of Seven Mantles

Solidarity Square – Memorial to the victims of December 1970 

The Royal Gate

 

Where to stay in Szczecin

Our accommodation was at the Luksus Apartamenty Mariacka
We would easily stay here again.

Here are three more top rated places to stay if you visit Szczecin:

Hotel Zamek Centrum

Hotel Focus Szczecin

Park Hotel

 

Is Szczecin worth visiting?

Absolutely. The city offers a wealth of history and culture. It is relatively affordable, especially compared to other popular European destinations.  And did you know Szczecin has been called the Paris of the north?

The heart of the city is a star-shaped square, with diverging avenues.  The gentleman who created the town-planning project for the French capital, also designed Szczecin. 

 

More things to do in Szczecin

Like on most trips, we ran out of time for sightseeing while in Szczecin. If we had more time, here are more things we would like to in Szczecin. 

Camino de Santiago – The Pomeranian Way segment

In 2003, the European network of the Camino de Santiago reached the border between Germany and Poland in Zgorzelec.  The next year, the idea to demarcate the first section of the Way of St. James in Poland commenced. The Camino Polaco took several years to complete.  Today, Camino de Santiago enthusiasts can log more footsteps towards their pilgrimage by including Poland as part of their trail.

Szczecin Underground City Trails- Tour the biggest civilian shelter in Poland

Wolin National Park - This is one of Poland’s smaller National Parks . Just about one hour from Szczecin, you’ll find hiking trails, lakes, and this park borders the sea

Be Happy Museum - This museum of happiness promotes a mission of cultivating happiness, sharing good memories and making the world a sweet place. 

Szczecin Philharmonic

 

What to eat in Szczecin

You can still eat at the first bar that served pasztecik szczecińsk.  The Bar "Pasztecik" was founded in 1969 and you’ll find it on Wojska Polskiego Avenue in the centre of Szczecin.

The dish is typically served with clear borscht.  And it’s a super affordable dish.

An American type of breakfast is hard to find in Szczecin. But you'll find options for coffee and bakery items to get you started for the day.

 

Plan your trip to Poland

DK Eyewitness Poland - This is the book we referenced to help craft our three week Poland itinerary.

 

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Inspiring Your Future Travels

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USA Pilgrimage Walks

USA Pilgrimage Walks

August 6, 2022

On episode 77, we discuss USA Pilgrimage Walks. 

Some may be familiar with the world famous Camino de Santiago in Spain. But did you know there is a California Camino? It offers nearly 800 miles of travel between the California Missions in San Diego to Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. 

We recently completed two walks along the California Mission Trail. Our footsteps travelled  51 miles between Missions San Luis Opisbo, Santa Barbara and San Buenaventura. We'll tell you about our personal experience with the California Mission Walkers group as well as the Saint Junipero Serra Pilgrimage Walk.

Walk The California Mission Trail

If you're interested in learning more about El Camino Real California and its 21 missions, check out the links below for more information. These are California Mission Trail Walk resources are part of our discussion on this USA Pilgrimage Walks podcast: 

More United States Pilgrimages

If you're interested in USA Pilgrimage Walks outside of California, check out these additional resources which we also discuss on this episode:

Resources We Visit Regarding the Camino De Santiago

Begin Planning Your Travels Here

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BOOKS: And while planning your travels, you can find links to a number of books to get you in the travel mindset on our Amazon Store Page - check out the section: Books That Inspire Travel 

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Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic Site

July 23, 2022

On episode 76, we travel to the Manzanar National Historic Site. This is a part 2 to our prior podcast where we took you to Lone Pine California.

In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where the US government incarcerated Japanese immigrants ineligible for citizenship and Japanese American citizens during World War II.

Today, Manzanar National Historic Site provides an opportunity to learn about the experience of over 10,000 Japanese Americans who spent all or part of World War II at Manzanar.   

Visiting Manzanar

Among the highlights on this episode, we'll take you through what we see and our impressions in both the visitor center (actually more of a museum).  We also spent many hours on the grounds visiting each of the stops that are available for visitors.

Resources

Densho.org - Preserving Japanese American stories of the past forthe generations of tomorrow

Books About Manzanar: - Visit our Amazon page for reading options related to Manzanar

 

Begin Planning Your Visit Here

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