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December 14, 2022

The Sukiennice or Cloth Hall of Krakow !!

I had the opportunity to walk all over the center and of course have other posts on the city. Somehow I left it out and found a picture of it in my vault, Therefore, I will now tell you a bit on  the Cloth Hall at the Main Square and the nice museum there. Therefore here is my brief story on the Cloth Hall of Krakow !!

The Sukiennice or Cloth Hall is one of the most iconic historical monuments in the city of Krakow, Poland. This imposing two-story commercial hall, erected in the 13C and then remodeled in the Renaissance period, occupies the central square of the large Rynek Główny or Main Square , On the ground floor, the Halle now houses craft shops, then ,its first floor houses the Gallery of 19C Polish Art, a branch of the National Museum with the largest collection of Polish works in the world. Among them, the famous painting The Torches of Nero, offered at the opening of the museum by its painter, Henryk Siemiradzki and the giant painting Tribute Prussian by Jan Matejko.

Krakow The Cloth arts exhibition center in main square may17

The Cloth Hall brings together architectural elements from very different periods, and constitutes a global synthesis of the city’s architecture , The first hall, erected in the 13C, after the city was granted a charter of law of Magdeburg, was limited to two rows of stone shops that formed a street in the middle of the Main Square.The ground floor of the building is lined with galleries with neogothic ogival arcades, resting on columns with sculpted capitals. More than two hundred paintings and sculptures are exhibited in the four halls of the gallery representing the most important currents of Polish art of the late 18-19C, such as romanticism, historicism, realism, impressionism as well as beginnings of symbolism, Under the surface of the Square, a unique archaeological reserve, with an area of ​​almost 4000 m2, allows you to discover the turbulent history of Krakow in the Middle Ages in the museum, Beneath the surface of the Main Square, between the Cloth Hall and the Church of Our Lady, (see post) a few meters deep lies a veritable treasure trove of knowledge of Krakow’s past.

A bit of history I like. In 1358, Kazimierz III the Great built the first 100 meters long building with two ogival portals located in the center of the main facades. After a fire that consumed the building in 1555, the Cloth Hall renewed in the Renaissance style then had a long attic decorated with a crest with gargoyles, stylized as human heads, dividing the building into two floors and connected by stairs covered by loggias located on the shorter sides, The last major works were carried out in the 19C transforming the hall on the ground floor by installing wooden shops along the walls. The ceiling will later be adorned with coats of arms of Polish cities, guild emblems and seals. Also, adds neogothic stone arches to give elegance to the building, as well as mascarons representing caricatures of the presidents of the city’s era.

The official museums of Poland on the Cloth museum of Krakow

The Krakow tourist office on the main square

The Poland tourist board on Krakow:

There you go folks, I feel better to have told you about this wonderful Cloth Hall or Sukiennice monument, and a great satisfaction for me to have them in my blog. The visit to Krakow was very nice and looking forward one of these days to be back. Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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December 14, 2022

Curiosities of Uganda !!

Let me reminicense of exotic trips and gave you new text with older pictures of my visit to Uganda ! It was my first and only time there. Lucky me to have been to many places of our world, last count 81 countries, and hopefully still more to come. I have written on Uganda in my blog before, this is just pictures not in,  that I feel should be in my blog. I went around Jinja, Kampala, Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile river; therefore, let me tell you about my curiosities of Uganda !!.

I came to Uganda , a wonderful experience of many friendly people all eager to improve themselves. I landed at Entebbe airport , the unfamous name now much more peaceful in Uganda, and from then on road warrior trips by 4×4 vehicule! 

entebbe going to airport for ams apr18

I came first to Jinya , and did my baptism on the Nile river , a bit late but I was here!!! Well having a jet ski waverunner and driver helps a lot but the views were spectacular and of course on the way back to harbor Needless to tell you the jet ski ride was impressive going just to the border of Ripon Falls unbelievable!! 

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa  it is the source of the White Nile, the longest tributary of the Nile The Nile river with a length of about 6,700 km. It comes from the meeting of the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq. mi) maximum depth of 84 m (276 ft.) and an average depth of 40 m (130 ft.). The White Nile rises at Lake Victoria (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania); the Blue Nile comes from Lake Tana (Ethiopia). I rode on it to get to the source of the Nile river!

While in Kampala, I stayed at the MacKinnon Suites, very centrally located, rather nice building, impressive courtyard only the bedding was a bit to be better. The rest was fine with good friendly service and excellent facilities. It is said to be closed temporarily so check in advance. Webpage:

kampala mackinnon suites resto terrace to lobby entr apr18

kampala mackinnon suites hotels 7fl view city apr18

One of the highlights of the stayed was during our hotel, very nicely call Le Petit Village or the little town but was in French as well as been very close to the US Embassy ! So I came to KampalaThe restaurant was in like the title says in a village with several services including boutique stores and tours operator but for me the best was the restaurant. I like to tell a bit about the Le Petit Village Hotel Restaurant.  It is located at Ggaba Road , next to American Embassy, Kampala. The Le Petit Village complex webpage:

kampala le petit village pool area apr18

kampala le petit village room to patio and pool apr18

While in Jinja, we stayed at another wonderful property that is the 2 Friends Hotel! This was the Two Friends guest house, worth it, good value location and services. And , we had dinner at the next door All Friends Restaurant. This another wonderful experience and more in my other post specifically on them. webpage:

The All Friends webpage:

Lake Victoria was simply amazing! Not enough words to describe it, you must visit it in your lifetime. Going to the source of the Nile was a thrill and bragging rights for a long time lol! This is a local private webpage on the lake and river activities:

jinya nile jet ski pedro and client Apr18

The Uganda tourist office on Jinja:

The Uganda tourist office on Kampala

There you go folks, an exotic wonderful ride indeed. Hope you enjoy the adventurous trip ,and post as I. All worth it me think. Remember,nature of the best Lake Victoria and the Nile river in Uganda !!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

December 14, 2022

Curiosities of the Americas !! Part IV

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of the Americas !!, Part IV.

Fort Myers Beach is located in Lee county , Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and is accessed from the mainland by a bridge over Estero Bay, A popular wonderful beach recently destroyed a lot of it from hurricane Ian, and in the process of rebuilding, Sadly.  Many family memories here bringing my little boys to play with their cousins who live just across in Cape Coral, Memories forever ! You too can eventually enjoy this magnificent white sandy beach on the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico !

Ft Myers beach and pier c1999

The city of Fort Myers Beach on the beaches

Hollywood Beach is located in Broward county,Florida,  just north of Miami, Hollywood Beach is known for its beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean and its “Old Florida” spirit of palm-lined brick walkway, the broadwalk, roller-skating, bicycling, walking and pedal-cart riding. also finds tikis bars, seafood restaurants, motels and hotels, My last home closest great beach, to enjoy it , party and be seen simply awesome, Memories forever !

Hollywood beach bvld c1999

The city of Hollywood on the Hollywood beach

On March 9, 1994, locals voted to officially change the name to the shorter version of St. Pete Beach, to distinguish it from the city of St. Petersburg a few miles inland, This was another grand beach I recommended to my cousins when afterward they move in into Tampa and Cape Coral areas,. St. Pete Beach is located in Pinellas county , Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, The downtown is centered on Corey Avenue. This district contains bars, restaurants and shopping and retail outlets , St. Pete Beach occupies the entire space of Long Key, a barrier island of the Gulf of Mexico. Three bridges lead into the city, connecting it to Treasure Island, South Pasadena and the Bayway Isles area of St. Petersburg.

St Petersburg beach c 1999

The Clearwater-St Pete Beach tourist office on the beach

Beaches are big event in Florida, and there are so many good ones. Lucky enough to been to most even if some bring more nostalgia than others.  The State of Florida tourist board on beaches :

These last two are nostalgia and sadness on world events: it happened to far back. However, my last time in Cuba was in 2012. These were my passing by many times as a child under 10, but vividly reminded always by my parents. San Cristobal de La Habana or St Christopher of Havana, my little heart away from it all.

El Templete or small temple built in 1827 on the spot of the first Catholic Mass in Cuba! This was held on November 16, 1519, Experts believe that El Templete was the first building of neoclassical character in Havana, and one of the civil works that have most influenced the architecture of Cuba.

This monument is shaped like a Greek Doric temple. The facade consists of a portico with six Doric columns, supporting a decorated frieze, and a prominent pediment with an inscription commemorating the inauguration. The facade has four pilasters with Doric capitals and other decorative ornaments; flat roof and wide cornice, mansard plinths and interior marble floors. Inside the enclosure are a bust of Christopher Columbus, discoverer of the island and a ceiba tree. In the gardens is the Cajigal column in honor of the Spanish governor who ordered its construction in 1754, when the first ceiba tree planted died. Above this column, an image of the Virgen del Pilar, patroness of Spanish sailors. A marble bust of Don Hernando de Soto, who was the first governor of the city of San Cristóbal de La Habana (Havana), is visible at the base. Inside the small room are three large paintings by French artist Jean Baptiste Vermay, founder of the San Alejandro National School of Fine Arts in Havana. Vermay’s paintings represent the first Mass and the blessing of the Templete during its inauguration.

Havana el Templete c1998

The Parque Central is one of the best known and central sites of the city of Havana It is located between Prado, Neptuno, Zulueta and San José streets, and San Rafael Boulevard. Among the buildings surrounding the park are Gran Teatro de La Habana (The Great Theatre of Havana), the Hotel Inglaterra (England Hotel), the Hotel Telégrafo, el Hotel Parque Central (Central Park Hotel), la Manzana de Gómez, the Hotel Plaza and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, The gardens surrounding the monument statue of Jose Marti have a series of paths that intersect. There are 28 royal palms that signify Martí’s birth date, as well as 8 coffin-shaped stonework, representing medical students shot by the Spanish colonial government on the Island during the Ten Years’ War on November 27, 1871.

Havana mon Jose Marti parque central c1998

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips in the Americas. The wonders of the Americas that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post of curiosities of the Americas , Part IV as I reviving these old pictures into life brings back many memorable moments in my life.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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