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Wilanow Palace

Wilanow Palace was originally built in the mid to late 1600s as a Baroque garden and summer palace for King Jan III Sobieski, but was added onto in a variety of styles in the years that followed. It was far enough out of the city to survive the worst of the damage WWII had to offer.


The soaring cathedral on the premises attests to the importance of religion to the country, and the statue of John Paul II, the first Polish pope (who had died less than a month before this trip), reflects the admiration the Poles have for him
Just outside the grounds of the palace was a pottery shop. Apparently Poland is famous for decorated pottery that is cookable, washable, microwaveable, etc. I have to admit, I had never seen a pottery cat before! (Maybe that explains why I bought one?) Seeings how it was Susan's birthday, I picked up a tea kettle for her and some little things for the kids as well. I'm sure I'll have a shopping list when I return!!

In the same store, there were a few carved wooden items for sale. I liked the on on the right that reminded me of a kids story about a tuba player (Schtumpa, the Funny Austrian). I wasn't so sure what to make of the one above, with Mary cradling a bleeding Jesus as Walmart smiles on from above...

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