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Folk Art: The Spirit of Poland

Pimsleur Approach • January 3, 2013 • PolishComments (0)
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Folk art (sztuka ludowa) is a constituent piece of Polish national identity and, as a technical term, applies to a wide range of artistic activity. Not being restricted to independent works of art, folk art is often applied art, and although it includes sculpture (rzeźba) and painting (malarstwo), it extends to embroidery (hafciarstwo), lace (koronkarstwo), [...]

From Queen Jadwiga to Marshal Piłsudski: Polish National Heroes

Pimsleur Approach • December 27, 2012 • PolishComments (1)
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National identity is perhaps more important in Poland than many other places in Europe due to the country’s long history of partition, invasion and occupation. The First and Second Partitions of Poland, in 1772 and 1793 respectively, saw Polish lands diminished, while the third and final partition saw the remaining territory divided up between the [...]

Poland’s Wooden Churches

Pimsleur Approach • December 25, 2012 • PolishComments (0)
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The southern Polish region of Małopolska (Lesser Poland) is one of the most loved by visitors, boasting the beautiful Tatra Mountains, former Polish capital Kraków, and a folk tradition that stretches back centuries. In the southern Polish countryside the history of this region, which was the very heart of Poland before the capital was moved [...]

Na Zdrowie! (‘Cheers!’): Polish Drinks

Pimsleur Approach • December 7, 2012 • PolishComments (0)
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When most people think of Polish drinks they think of strong liquor, but in fact the choice of alcoholic beverages available in Poland goes far beyond lethally strong spirits, and there is a wealth of craft beers, subtly flavored vodkas, and winter warmers to be discovered. Many of these are rarely exported and are extremely [...]

Zakopane and the Tatras: Poland’s Mountain Hideaways

Pimsleur Approach • November 21, 2012 • PolishComments (0)
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Zakopane View of the Tatra Mountains – Image via Wikipedia The Tatra Mountains in the southern Polish region of Podhale form the highest mountain range in Central Europe and they have much to offer visitors. The ski resort of Zakopane, historic wooden architecture and Poland’s unique highland culture are all to be discovered here, with [...]

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