KRAKÓW , POLAND 🇵🇱 STREET ART & GRAFFITI: I’M HAPPY AGAIN

A stencil of the iconic image of Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain (“I’m happy again!”) has even here since the spring of 2014.

Entitled ‘Judah,’ this large mural by Pil Peled – one of Israel’s most famous street artists – was created in July 2013 as part of the Jewish Culture Festival. According to the artist, the image of the child represents fear, vulnerability and the inner child, and the lion represents the Jews’ struggle to survive and preserve their culture, as well as the strength to overcome their fears. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/judah_120346v

Created by the artist Broken Fingaz, this large-scale mural was created during the 2014 edition of Kraków’s Jewish Culture Festival. The mural takes inspiration from well-known art nouveau era artist Maurice Lilien – a native of Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) and graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts – and is dedicated to the memory of the Bosaków family who built the building and lived there through the generations for 400 years, before relocating to Israel after World War II. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/plac-bawol-3_136577v

This mural by Piotr Janowczyk was installed outside Pub Wręga in autumn of 2015 as part of the Kazimierz Historical Murals (Kazimierskie murale historyczne) project. Featuring five portraits of Polish historical figures – namely, (from left to right) Emperor Józef Hapsburg II, Helena Rubinstein (born in the district), Karol Knaus (local architect, artist and conservator), Esterka (the lover of King Kazimierz the Great), and finally King Kazimierz the Great himself. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/kazimierz-historical-mural_140658v

20sep18 Kraków Poland 🇵🇱

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KRAKÓW , POLAND: Niedoskonałość jest doskonała (Imperfection is Perfect)

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Pierogi ruskie topped with fried onion (filled with cottage cheese and potatoes) 
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The Battle of Grunwald, fought between the joint armies of Poland and Lithuania against the Teutonic Knights on July 15, 1410, is considered to be one of the greatest battles ever to take place in medieval Europe. A defining moment in Polish history, the battle was immortalised in Kraków with the unveiling of this weighty monument in front of an estimated 160,000 people on the 500th anniversary of the event in 1910. Antoni Wiwulski’s (1877-1919) original masterpiece was, not surprisingly, destroyed by the occupying Nazis during WWII and the copy that now stands in its place dates from 1976, having been faithfully reproduced using sketches and models of the original. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The dead man at the front is Urlich von Jungingen, the Teutonic Order’s Grand Master, who lost his life during the battle. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/grunwald-monument_21891v

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Street musicians (Muzycy uliczni)
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Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (also known as Saint Mary’s Church; Polish: Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Kościół Mariacki) is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).
On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary’s two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary%27s_Basilica,_Kraków

19sep2018. Krakow, Poland.

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the ever-popular antique horse-drawn carriages that line the market square
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Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, (Polish: pomnik Adama Mickiewicza w Krakowie), is one of the best known bronze monuments in Poland, and a favourite meeting place at the Main Market Square in the Old Town (Stare Miasto) district of Kraków.
The statue of Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest Polish Romantic poet of the 19th century, was unveiled on June 16, 1898. (wiki)There’s a fascinating history behind the monument which is as interesting as the statue is recognizable. One of the most curious facts is that Adam Mickiewicz had never actually been to Krakow. His remains arrived to the city posthumously in 1890. This was 35 years after his death in Istanbul in a cholera epidemic in 1855. Meanwhile in the same year, the remains of the poet are put onto a ship, which transports him to France, before finally burying him in Paris. After transporting the remains to Krakow in 1890, the great Pole poet was put to rest in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral. http://www.absolutetours.com/blog/adam-mickiewicz-monument/
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Cafe Culture (Kultura kawiarni)

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NARIZHZHYA & NOVYI KALKAIV (VILLAGES), UKRAINE: HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE

I visited the villages of Narizhzhya (population 300) and Novyi Kalkaiv (population 30) (about a 4 hour car ride from Kyiv)  this past weekend and it was humbling to see how villagers live. We were welcomed with food, beds, and warm smiles.

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bus stop ~ автобусна зупинка
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bicycle ~ велосипед
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Katya and her cat. Unlocking the basement door to take steps down to pickled tomatoes.
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Kitchen in the ‘summer house,’ separate from the main house.
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Ducks ~ качки
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Cheese dumplings ~ пельмені з сиру
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Tomatoes ~ помідори

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Borscht
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Cabbage dumplings ~капустяні пельмені
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Katya’s farmhouse.
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A kalunya (sp), hut, where she keeps hay.

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Organic cherry tomatoes.
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With beetroot for the rabbits.

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The next morning I walked out of the main house to this scene ~ cleaning onions 
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Katya’s favorite cake from Kyiv, a special treat for her.
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For breakfast, last night’s cheese dumplings, fried. Awesome. Delicious ~ смачно
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Breakfast spread: coffee, dumplings, jam, sour cream, and cake
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This cabinet is over 100 years old and was a gift from her best friend of 60 + years, whose childhood home, it used to be in.

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with humility and gratitude
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The doorway into another meal in another village: Novyi Kalkaiv. The husband and wife who live here, are 2 of the 30 people living in the village.
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A meal of kapusnyak (Ukrainian sauerkraut soup) and stuffed red peppers.
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In Luda’s kitchen.

9sep18. Narizhzhya & Novyi Kalkaiv, Ukraine.

ISLAMABAD , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 STREET ART: “KEEP YOUR COINS, I NEED CHANGE”

Baba Jan is a leftist political activist in the Gilgit-Baltistan administrative territory of Pakistan who is serving a lifetime sentence. He is the former vice-president and now member of the Federal Committee of Awami Workers Party. His hometown is Nasirabad in the Hunza Valley.

Baba Jan is currently serving a lifetime prison sentence after being convicted by an anti-terrorism court of participating in a protest against killing of a disaster-affected man and his son by police on August 11, 2011 at Aliabad Hunza.

3sep18 Islamabad, Pakistan 🇵🇰

LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰: SWEEP IT UNDER…

Street art and graffiti are illegal here, so, rarely will you see non-commissioned art on public wall space. Interestingly enough, sometimes when you do, you see that someone is channeling their inner Banksy …

Above: City Kitty Street Art from New York City

August2018. Lahore, 🇵🇰

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: مسجد وزیر خان WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE

Completed in 1641. Located in the Walled City. We entered via Delhi Gate and walked a few minutes to get here. 

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11aug18 Lahore, Pakistan

LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 : TO AND FRO

میں اکیلا ہی چلتا ہوں

Young boys work along men performing road reparation on a hot Saturday afternoon.

بات چیت

A jeweler

You catch ’em, they POSE . Pakistanis quickly becoming my favorite subjects…

Halwa Puri breakfast from my favorite local restaurant: ZEST

July2018. Lahore , Pakistan 🇵🇰