Six word Saturday


A friendly lion- any guesses where?

Friendly lion


It had to be, didn’t it?


I did a little window shopping

It's a long way from Christmas, but aren't these beasutiful?

It’s a long way from Christmas, but aren’t these beautiful?

I'll take you inside on one of my walks

Naturally, I walked.  I’ll take you inside the Barbikan later ….

And show you lots of maps

And show you lots of maps

And a cosy cafe to escape the rain

A cosy cafe to escape the rain

And even beneath the Market Square!

And even underneath the Rynek, the Market Square, to Podziemia!

Even the suburbs were pretty!

Out in the suburbs it was pretty, too

Spring (Wiosna) had definitely arrived

Spring (Wiosna) had arrived beautifully (hover over the images below for the Polish names)

I might just have saved the best till last… my cousin Jadwiga (Jadzia) with her grandaughter, and our cousin Marta- soon to be a grandma too.

And a new family member- meet Nadia!

Meet Nadia!  A joyful addition to our Polish family

There are stories to tell, and my head is still half full of Polish, but for now, I’m home again.  I brought with me a wedding invitation for September, so I think that I’ll be back.

Time to settle into a routine, at least for a little while.  Hope you enjoyed the preview of what’s to come, and that you have a happy weekend.  It’s grey and damp outside, but I don’t even mind. I’ve put some more washing in, and visited Cate at Show My Face with my six words.  Zumba soon, and a little later there’ll be Rafa to look forward to.

See you on Monday?  Who knows where we’ll be walking to….  Till then, have fun!



    1. She’s a sweetheart! There’s another addition due June/July and I should see him when I return for a wedding this September. What a family! 🙂 🙂

  1. I think that those eggs are Easter eggs. In Finland it is habit to make them also. When seeing them I thought at first also Fabergé eggs. I am very glad that You presented this post.

  2. Lovely to have you back home Jo, enjoyed this ‘preview’ of more to come with your beautiful photos. I was really drawn to the lighting in the cafe, very olde worlde, my kind of place 🙂 Lovely, happy family photo and of course adore those spring blossoms. And you’ll definitely be going back in September 😉

    1. Hi Sherri 🙂 Hope you had a lovely time with Mum. That cafe was rather lovely for one so small. There was a Polish family with 4 youngsters sharing one big icecream sundae and games of chess and books on a side table to entertain them. The ‘snug’ had a roaring fire but the 3 tables were all taken. 😦 The place had such a nice atmosphere and the 2 girls running it worked hard, and smiled at everyone.
      Yes, I think I will- but just for a few days. Thanks, darlin’ 🙂

      1. A wonderful time thanks Jo, hoping to share about it as soon as possible! Oh Jo, I just knew that Cafe was like that the minute I saw your photo…I can envisage it now, it sounds absolutely delightful. Maybe you can go back in September and get a table then… 🙂

  3. You sure do get around, Jo! 🙂 It’s lovely to meet more of your family and it’s clear to me that Poland has many interesting and beautiful offerings. I’m glad you’ll be returning!

  4. Jo, did you stay in Krakow???? I wouldn’t mess with that lion … showing his teeth like that. And the cherry blossoms and magnolia, so beautiful. Love when you catch details long your way, like the crockery and the eggs. Wouldn’t mind an egg like that.
    What a happy baby …. and pink of course. It’s you holding her???

    1. Shopping heaven for you in the Sukiennice, Vivi! 🙂 We stayed at Adam’s (my baker cousin) in the Krakow outskirts for 4 nights then travelled up to Belchatow, the family home. Dad stayed there playing dominos with Uncle Jakub between whisking around the family to various meals. I returned to Krakow for my flight home but Dad’s not back till this Thursday. And no- that’s not me holding Nadia 🙂 It’s my cousin Jadzia. There’s a strong family resemblance though, She’s a very lovely lady. i stayed at her home in Belchatow.
      All well with you, Vivi? I’m still trying to find ‘normal’ again 🙂 🙂

      1. Yes, you look alike … what a fantastic trip you had … reading your comment I wish I had some connection with my family tree over there, can’t even remember my dad, but that is the way it’s. I started looking for him many many years ago .. and I came so fare that I know he was married with 3 daughters, then I stopped.
        It’s wasn’t only about him and me then.
        Jo, thanks … I’m okay – had a wet but great day with my friend Iris yesterday in Helsingborg … great food and a bit of culture. Plus a new leather jacket. *smile

    2. It;s been an amazing experience, Vivi, but it’s very strange when you step from a tiny family into an enormous one, and you don’t speak the language. A part of me is a very quiet person and I like my own company. It’s barely possible in Poland. Different if I lived there, of course. How did you manage with your Japanese? Did you need to use it much, and were you understood? 🙂

      1. Oh, I manage very well with the few phrases I know and they loved it .. and I bow all the time too. I even took on the customs for visiting the shrines, clapping hands and bowing … plus washing hands before entering and give a 50 yen coin away.
        If my father would have liked contact with me (he lives in Sweden) he could have easily found me and his family maybe don’t know anything about me. Can cause so much problems. My half brother looked up mum … and that didn’t go very well for us. So some stones is better not to turn.

  5. Jo – I swooned right to the ground under those gorgeous magnolia blossoms. They are so fragile if a wind blast comes up; on the other hand lying beneath while petals flutter around me is like a day spent in Heaven before my time!!

    Cute photo of the relatives – I love seeing people in my blogging buddies’ lives.

    1. Hi Sammy 🙂 Isn’t Spring magnificent? The weather has surely had its ups and downs but a little sunshine and a lot of blossom go a long way. Thanks, hon 🙂

      1. So true, Jo. The green in our foothills is breathtaking in its liveliness – our moisture is fleeting so I accept the clouds as the tradeoff for a couple weeks if Emerald Isle-ness.

  6. Welcome back Jo I loved this varied post starting with that rather bemused looking lion and ending with your adorable new addition. I was quite taken with the lovely colourful mural on the garden wall…

    1. There’s a newer addition yet, Pauline 🙂 One month old and living in Reading in the UK. Jadzia is desperate to see her new grandaughter and hopes they will visit in June. Round about then Weronika will give birth to her first child and Marta’s first grandchild. The family grows and grows. I was at Weronika’s wedding in May last year. 🙂
      The lion sits in a very busy spot by the TI in the Rynek. No wonder he looks bemused 🙂 Thanks, hon.

    1. My head hurt a lot of the time, from the effort of trying to follow conversations (and mostly failing 😦 ). But they are a lovely bunch and couldn’t be more welcoming. Thanks 🙂

  7. Welcome back! The window shopping is fabulous, Jo. What a pleasure to meet Nadia and family, beautiful smiles. 🙂 I did the “Monday, No Walking” post this Monday. 🙂 I’m taking a trip starting tomorrow, but have scheduled a Monday Walk post for next Monday; except I won’t be able to make a link to your post. 😦 Sorry about that, Jo.

    1. The Rynek is a fantastic place for shopping, Amy. 🙂 No worries about the walk. With being missing for a week I have a lot of walks linked up to next Monday. I’ll pick yours up to feature the following week. Nudge me if I miss it because I’m in catch up mode. Enjoy your trip 🙂

    1. She really is the liveliest, happy soul, Mary. I’m going to struggle with visiting and still get my Monday walk out because there’s a lot happening at home, but I’ll be there as soon as I can. Many thanks 🙂

  8. Missed you, and it is so nice to see you back here, I love the lion! I see you are showing off you new Polish words (and why not) I am impressed! I once took an evening course in Russian and I loved it, but can’t remember very much now apart from ‘Spaseeba’ (thank you) and ‘Da sveedaneeya’ (goodbye). Learning the Cyrillic alphabet was hard.

    I had a couple of Polish students in my tutor group when I was teaching, thank goodness they learned English quickly, though I always said “dzień dobry” at morning registration which made them smile (probably at my atrocious accent)

    Lovely pink spring flowers and a pretty colour co-ordinated baby too. Sounds like you had a delightful trip Jo. Can’t wait to hear more…
    Jude xx

    1. Hi, Jude! 🙂 I took 2 lion shots and they look like completely different creatures. Me and my camera skills 😦 But I liked this guy. I did know the Polish in here prior to this trip, but remembering them in an appropriate situation (and understanding the question) is my problem. It was certainly an interesting trip and I had brain ache by the end of it. Thank you 🙂

  9. Castles, flowers, nice shiny things and family 🙂 the only thing missing is that yummy Polish food. I’ll be packing on Monday and start walking on Tuesday 😉

    1. I was going to throw a few cake shots in, Paula, but they were a bit blurry. I must have had the shakes from all that sugar 🙂 Have a tremendous time in Portugal!

    1. It’s always nice to be missed, Jill 🙂 Thank you! I warned the husband he had a fat wife coming home. I refrained from showing all the cake photos. Aren’t I merciful? 🙂

  10. Lovely photos! I LOVE Krakow and those flowers are gorgeous. A huge congratulations on the beautiful new addition to your family! Nadia is stunning! Appears you are enjoying your visit home,

    1. They are such a lovely welcoming family, Lisa! And I never saw a happier child. At 8 months she just loves to wriggle to music and ‘dance’, and the smile seldom disappears. 🙂 Hope your trip is going well? I’ll be along to check as soon as I can.

      1. She looks like a little angel 👼. I am pleased to hear she is loving her new life. We will set sail May 15 weather permitting (thank you for asking). Looking forward to it.

  11. My current (comparative) immobility is always significantly assuaged by your wonderful blog, Jo. I appreciate that. Great shots. Thanks.

  12. A delightful foretaste, Jo. Did you spend much time underground? I thought that museum was one of the best – preserving the archaeology to tell the history. I love the way you’ve become embedded in family. (Tell me honestly, what can your Polish do? Mine? Nothing much.)

    1. A couple of hours, Meg 🙂 I thought that from an English point of view it was a bit back to front, but it was quite fascinating. Once I got the hang of the interactives I was hooked. There’ll be a post 🙂
      I can answer very simple questions, posed at idiot speed. It’s confidence to wade in that’s some of the problem, Meg. I was telling Paula that I need to spend some time on verbs and vocab before I go back for Przemek’s wedding. Four months should give me enough, if I just try to do a little every day. But that’s so much easier to say than do when I’m back home.
      You enjoying life? 🙂

      1. Back to front how? And on the subject of language it really is a matter of putting in the time. Good luck, and tell me the tricks by which you discipline yourself. I just came home feeling humiliated by my lack of language – no idea what was going on down town. However, I did understand that the fierce Carrefour woman was telling me not to take photos of the list comparing prices at Carrefour and Biedronka! Even though I answered her in English – an equally fierce “Why not?”

    2. I discovered the video ‘hall’ at the end with some relief because I could just listen to the background story. I think, unless you’re local, you bypass a lot of things without appreciating what’s going on. Or was that just me? I’m not subterranean 🙂

  13. Welcome home Jo ! Spring in Krakow looking good . Your window display would have fitted the Intricate theme very well last week 🙂 Enjoy the weekend x

    1. The blog was far from my mind last week, Poppy! I wore a constant wrinkled brow, trying to fathom what was being said to me 🙂 I did, however, think that a ‘windows’ post for Dawn was long overdue… when I get around to it 🙂 Thanks- you too!

  14. It looks like you had a lovely time, Jo. I’d love to have done some window shopping with you and stepped out of the rain into that cozy cafe, and then enjoyed the walk through the flowery suburbs. I’m glad you can relax and think in English again. 🙂

    1. I have six of those Christmas ones, given as a gift so that I can’t forget Poland every Christmas. They really are lovely 🙂 (incidentally, I have 2 nominations already and will include yours when I ever can get around to doing the 5 photos, Elaine. Easier to tell you on here than email 🙂 🙂 )

  15. How wonderful Jo. I see you had a fab time. I would love to see Krakow. I’ve been to Warsaw 2 or 3 times, mainly in the rain, but never Krakow.
    I’m in Manchester again this weekend, and it’s grey here too. I shall be doing my washing tomorrow evening when I get home 🙂 Have a great Saturday!

    1. Saturday’s going well, Debs, thanks! The sun’s finally come out and Rafa played like his old self 🙂 🙂 Krakow is totally different to Warsaw (it does rain sometimes though 🙂 ) and really is a lovely city.

  16. che buffo quel leone…non si sa bene se il suo sia un ghigno o un sorriso! la cara Jo sempre in giro a farcivedere le sue meraviglie ( e poi ci credo che alla sera p stanca ha ha ha) ricordo la ragazza in abito da sposa( era quella vero?)…ed ecco ora i frutti gioiosi! tutto splendido, è bello pasare da te

    1. Hi Annalisa 🙂 The family goes on growing and growing 🙂 Nadia is the second child of Ania- Jadzia’s daughter. I was at their wedding in April 6 years ago. The older daughter is now 5. Last year I was at Weronika’s wedding and in July she is expecting her first child- Marta’s first grandchild. There is a strong family resemblance all round. I think I need to do a family tree 🙂 🙂 Happy days to you!

    1. Well, I’m biased of course, Gilly, but my Polish is terrible and I manage ok unescorted. If you’re in the city you will find a lot of the young speak good English, and in cafes and bars naturally. The signage in some of the museums and such is limited but it’s definitely getting better. I think you’d love it. It’s a beautiful city 🙂

    1. Thanks, Richard 🙂 Maybe.. maybe not, but he’ll give it his best shot, and that’s all anyone can ask. I watched his quarter final against Dimitrov yesterday and he was looking not half bad 🙂 (well- they’re both easy on the eye)

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