Sunday, 27 May 2018

BLOG 397

Blog 397
I have returned mentally refreshed and physically fit after our week’s break in Poland. I don’t know about you and your holidays, but we seem to pack an awful lot into ours and cover a lot of ground. (I swear I am 2” shorter after all the pavement pounding!) We have walked around the sights of Krakow amongst the thousands of other tourists who were there doing the same thing. It was heaving with humanity and the good weather made it all the more enjoyable. There were lots of things to see and to enjoy including the Wawel Castle, Krakow Cathedral, the Market Square and the Cloth Hall, Baroque and Romanesque facades and river walks along the Vistula.
The quilt show turned out to be an evening event on Saturday night, with a buffet supper and wine. It was a happy occasion celebrating the diligence of the teacher (Julie) and the creativity of her students and I was delighted to be part of it. After a formal welcome and introduction, of which I understood not a word, the garden gate quilters were invited on stage and given a peony (such a luscious and extravagant bloom!). Julie and I were presented with a bunch of peonies each and I also received fabric flowers (tulips) as a lasting reminder of the event. I was thrilled! Here are some pictures of the event and garden gate quilts.

                General view

               Spectators 1

             Spectators 2

            1 Gate A

             2 Gate A

           3 Gate A

            1 Gate B

             2 Gate B

                3 Gate B

            Original design

               In progress 1

             In progress 2

                 Fabric flowers
We then hired a car and drove to the ski town of Zakopane, settling into our hotel before visiting a nephew and his family. (It does help to have inside information about a place when you are a tourist and we greatly appreciated the advice given to us in both Kracow and Zakopane!) After a couple of days exploring, we came back via Auschwitz and Birkenau. The tour with an English speaking guide lasted about 4 hours and nothing but nothing was left unsaid. Our feelings were very raw and it was a grim and often uncomfortable visit through very recent European history. I shall never forget it. As this is a quilting log, I will just post one relevant picture with the hope that these quilts warmed and comforted those who were fortunate enough to own them.

               Auschwitz quilts


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