We are spending a couple days in the city of Czestachowa (pronounced chesta-ho-vah). during that time we are visiting some significant sites, and I will submit a significant posting on them. Here, however is a quick glimpse of today.
It was a fairly low-key day, spending three hours driving from Warsaw, and getting settled in a different hotel. It is a small city, and unlike Warsaw, the streets are not crowded with walkers, sight-seeing couples, diners, drinkers, and tours. The on-and-off rain didn’t help but we arrived at a hotel I would describe as a “country estate”. It is very beautiful, and the accommodations are luxurious; but it is a bit isolated.
Nevertheless, we did some sight-seeing and ate a couple excellent meals!
I spent a lot of time today learning how to pronounce Polish words. Our guide Radek is exceedingly patient and complimentary! One potential problem was that I was using the names of the beer we drank to practice and so the quality of the practice gradually declined
So in the town that I live in, Coventry, RI, there is a large polish population (and french and portuguese) and the polish church is Our Lady of Czestachowa. Took me a while to learn to pronounce it when I moved here. Without paying much attention, I would always say “you know, the Czechoslovakian church.”
Hahahaha!!!! that was like the EASY thing to pronounce over there!