Jawor

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Those two beautiful cards come from my pen pal Agnieszka. 🙂 Random fact – jawor (явор) in Bulgarian means maple. And according to Wikipedia the name Jawor is Polish for “sycamore”.

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Jawor is a town in south-western Poland with 24,347 inhabitants (2006). It is situated in Lower Silesian Voivodeship. It is the seat of Jawor County, and lies approximately 61 kilometres west of the regional capital Wrocław. In the town can be found a Protestant Church of Peace. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Merry Christmas from Poland, vol. 2

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Oh, let me tell you something about the power of complaining and its relation to postcards. Once you start complaining about a lost or long travelling card, the said card usually arrives in the next couple of days. 😀 The other day my pen pal Agnieszka asked me if I’ve received her Christmas card (I hadn’t) and voila, the card arrived the very next day. 😀

Palace of Culture and Science

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This card came from my pen pal Agnieszka. 🙂

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland, the sixth tallest building in the European Union. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked; Stalin’s name was removed from the interior lobby and one of the building’s sculptures. Currently it is the 187th tallest building in the world.

The building currently serves as an exhibition center and office complex. It is 231 metres tall which includes the height of the spire of 43 meters. There are 3288 rooms on 42 floors, with an overall area of 123,000 m², containing cinemas, theatres, museums, offices, bookshops, a large conference hall for 3000 people, and an accredited university, Collegium Civitas on the 11th and 12th floors of the building.

Vintage: Sopot

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Another old postcard with no date on it. 😦

It pictures the Sopot Pier (Polish: Molo w Sopocie) – the pier in the city of Sopot, built as a pleasure pier and as a mooring point for cruise boats, first opened in 1827. At 511.5m, the pier is the longest wooden pier in Europe. It stretches into the sea from the middle of Sopot beach which is a popular venue for recreation and health walks (the concentration of iodine at the tip of the pier is twice as high as on land) or public entertainment events, and it also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. It is also an excellent point for observing the World Sailing Championship, the Baltic Windsurfing Cup and the Sopot Triathlon taking place on the bay. Sopot pier consists of 2 parts: the famous wooden walking jetty and the Spa Square on land, where concerts and festivities are organised.