Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Czar's rail station

The national park survived unlogged as a hunting preserve for royalty. A Czar built a spur and private station, now used as a restaurant. Food was pretty good--large dumplings. Steam excursions run from here.


Hotel breakfast. Stairway light sculpture.

Bison preserve at Białoweiża; hotel; lunch at the Czar's private railway station; nearby village; campfire supper

Hotel wifi here at the Żubrowka in Białoweiża is mostly absent from the room, so I can't post much. Our tour events are lots of fun, and we eat too much. Cold weather, early nightfall, and a weird jetlag have me falling asleep at 8:30 pm.

Reserve for European bison, now down to 5500 (that's up from a couple dozen after WW2). Careful breeding programs with other Reserves. Other animals also. Wagon ride. German WW1 logging railroad. Us on the march. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Poland: Warsaw

These ancient houses were actually built in the 1950's, as like as possible to the originals dynamited by the Nazis in 1944.