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Odyssey in Poland & Fryderyk Chopin
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I spent Christmas in Krakow, Poland this year. It was my second visit to Krakow after eight years.
 
 
Swans were floating in flocks on the frozen Vistula reflected by the sun on the morning of Christmas Eve.   The Wawel Royal Castle looked a little different in winter with the snow.
 
 
Looking down the banks of the meandering Vistula from the Wawel Hill, I found a statue of Smok Wawelski, the Wawel Dragon that lived under the Wawel Hill. Could that be true?   The Wawel Royal Castle was moody and quiet. No one was there to be found.
 
 
Enjoyed being here all by myself, making me feel like I was the owner of the Castle. But I felt someone looking at me, and I glanced over.
OMG! It was him! It was a statue of Pope John Paul II who appeared beaming at me.
 
 
I walked down the Wawel Hill and headed for a house where Pope John Paul II lived from 1951 to 1963.
Inside were his pictures, robes, and furniture as well as medals of honors.
 
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