pooflady


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edlada wrote:You really should come to Poland. I didn't realize how Polish I grew up as a kid, until I came here. Suddenly, many things my father's family did and ate, made much more sense. The first time I came here, I immediately felt familiar and at home.

The country has its pretty parts but a lot of it is unremarkable, very flat a lot of places. The cities are often kind of ugly due to the war, the communists and a lack of money. However there is beauty to be found. The Baltic sea in the north with beautiful beaches. Pine and birch forests everywhere, mountains in the south. The Polish people in general are very friendly and very nice.

If you have any questions about anything about Poland just let me know. If I can't answer them, my many Polish friends can. If you ever make a plan to come over here, let me know and I will help you any way I can.

The hotel we stayed at was wonderful, a bit expensive (~$300.00 a night), but for what we got, it was cheaper than a similar hotel in any other big city in the world and it was worth it to spoil ourselves a little. I decided I am getting too old to stay in cheap hotels and this one was only a little more money than the standard 'big box' nice hotels that look the same in any city (Sheraton, Hilton, etc). The hotel has only 3 suites, one on each floor above the restaurant. The staff went out of their way to take good care of us. Everything was included in the price of the room, mini bar, excellent breakfast in the restaurant or in the room, etc. They even had two nice umbrellas hanging in the wardrobe closet by the entry door. The suite was about 700 sq feet and very comfortable and quiet. The building was built in the 14th century, and the restaurant has seating on the ground floor as well as in the brick and stone cellar. Very cool. The hotel had the service and charm of what people think an 'old world' European hotel should have, which is very hard to find nowadays.



Ah-ha! Found you. Really neat hotel.



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pooflady


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We did something today that I'm assuming we'll never do again. We reserved a spot in the Cremation Garden in a nearby cemetery. The price covers the scattering and a plaque.



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edlada


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pooflady wrote:We did something today that I'm assuming we'll never do again. We reserved a spot in the Cremation Garden in a nearby cemetery. The price covers the scattering and a plaque.



That's the kind of thing you usually only need to do once.

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mbspell


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pooflady wrote:We did something today that I'm assuming we'll never do again. We reserved a spot in the Cremation Garden in a nearby cemetery. The price covers the scattering and a plaque.



I would also like to be cremated, but then I want my ashes buried/interred, not scattered. so this cremation garden is where they spread your ashes?



pooflady


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mbspell wrote:I would also like to be cremated, but then I want my ashes buried/interred, not scattered. so this cremation garden is where they spread your ashes?



Yes. They also have what I call niches (I'm sure there's a more correct word) to keep urns in.



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edlada


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You can get cremated and planted in a regular cemetery plot probably. Both of my parents were cremated and in the cemetery where they are, they allow two cremation urns in a standard plot. YMMV.

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pooflady


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edlada wrote:You can get cremated and planted in a regular cemetery plot probably. Both of my parents were cremated and in the cemetery where they are, they allow two cremation urns in a standard plot. YMMV.



I feel guilty because I don't go to my parents' grave sites and leave flowers and shrubs and whatever. Although my father(if he could) would probably slap me silly for doing it. I don't want to be in a "place" that my kids might feel guilty for not going to.



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mbspell


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edlada wrote:You can get cremated and planted in a regular cemetery plot probably. Both of my parents were cremated and in the cemetery where they are, they allow two cremation urns in a standard plot. YMMV.



that is my plan.



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I would prefer to be cremated and my ashes scattered in the park(s)

Or made into a diamond

Or in a vinyl record


We have Zipper's ashes in a fancy box.

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Can you arrange to have your ashes shot into space? I thought I heard of doing that one time.

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pooflady wrote:I feel guilty because I don't go to my parents' grave sites and leave flowers and shrubs and whatever. Although my father(if he could) would probably slap me silly for doing it. I don't want to be in a "place" that my kids might feel guilty for not going to.



I haven't visited my dad's grave in a long time. I used to take fresh flowers.

(If anyone puts plastic flowers on my grave, I will come back and haunt them.)

It didn't really make me feel any better to go there. I can talk to my dad anywhere.

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My late boyfriend is scattered all over 3 states. His family scattered some of him at the beach. I scattered him at my house, at the cemetery at which I will be buried, and in the mountains.

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hot72chev wrote:Can you arrange to have your ashes shot into space? I thought I heard of doing that one time.



probably costs a lot



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my mum wants us to scatter some of her ashes at Disney World, lol

I am not sure I am willing to risk that.



pooflady


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hot72chev wrote:Can you arrange to have your ashes shot into space? I thought I heard of doing that one time.



I think they did that with Scotty from Star Trek's ashes.



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hot72chev wrote:My late boyfriend is scattered all over 3 states. His family scattered some of him at the beach. I scattered him at my house, at the cemetery at which I will be buried, and in the mountains.



I want to be cremated and half of my ashes scattered here in Poland, the other half in the US.

I am in no hurry though.

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pooflady


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Not happy with FedEx. Tracking a perishable box. It arrived at a nearby FedEx location and departed that location on the 15th. On the 17th it arrived back at that SAME location. Today (the 20th) it departed that location, heading toward a local post office so the soonest I'll get it is the 21st, if I'm lucky. Those pears had better not be spoiled.



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ahhh...ok

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#LoVE

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pooflady wrote:Not happy with FedEx. Tracking a perishable box. It arrived at a nearby FedEx location and departed that location on the 15th. On the 17th it arrived back at that SAME location. Today (the 20th) it departed that location, heading toward a local post office so the soonest I'll get it is the 21st, if I'm lucky. Those pears had better not be spoiled.

Intercept it at your post office when you see it's arrived?


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ThunderThighs wrote:Intercept it at your post office when you see it's arrived?



Good idea. Unless it goes back again.



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Awfully quiet here.

I came to Nurnberg Germany on an impulse a couple of days ago. I am going back to Poland on Sunday. Nurnberg has the oldest and best Christmas market in Germany. It is also a beautiful city, my favorite city in Germany. I would post some photos here but since Woot won't allow me to upload them directly and Photobucket is not allowing photos to be hot linked anymore, if you want to see them go to my Facebook page. Try this link: https://www.facebook.com/edlada60

I think anyone can see it, you don't need to have a FB account.

Merry Christmas!

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mbspell


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edlada wrote:Awfully quiet here.

I came to Nurnberg Germany on an impulse a couple of days ago. I am going back to Poland on Sunday. Nurnberg has the oldest and best Christmas market in Germany. It is also a beautiful city, my favorite city in Germany. I would post some photos here but since Woot won't allow me to upload them directly and Photobucket is not allowing photos to be hot linked anymore, if you want to see them go to my Facebook page. Try this link: https://www.facebook.com/edlada60

I think anyone can see it, you don't need to have a FB account.

Merry Christmas!



the link didn't work for me (but when I login to facebook and go to your page, the link matches what I see. go figure)

anyway, hope you don't mind, but I pulled two of your photos and uploaded them to imgur. the photos were great, and the market looks amazing!!





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WOW! Beautiful!

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pooflady wrote:Went out to lunch and then Kroger for gift cards. Woo-hoo! Like a demolition derby out there. I figure my driving's still okay since I made it home with neither being involved in nor causing an accident.



Heck yeah! It's crazy out there today!

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hot72chev wrote:Heck yeah! It's crazy out there today!



we took a freezing cold beach walk. coming home, between school traffic and holiday shoppers, it took us close to an hour for what should have been less than 30 min. UGH



pooflady


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edlada wrote:Awfully quiet here.

I came to Nurnberg Germany on an impulse a couple of days ago. I am going back to Poland on Sunday. Nurnberg has the oldest and best Christmas market in Germany. It is also a beautiful city, my favorite city in Germany. I would post some photos here but since Woot won't allow me to upload them directly and Photobucket is not allowing photos to be hot linked anymore, if you want to see them go to my Facebook page. Try this link: https://www.facebook.com/edlada60

I think anyone can see it, you don't need to have a FB account.

Merry Christmas!



Glad Mbspell posted the pictures. Beautiful. I wonder how many days you could spend walking through the market.



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edlada


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mbspell wrote:the link didn't work for me (but when I login to facebook and go to your page, the link matches what I see. go figure)

anyway, hope you don't mind, but I pulled two of your photos and uploaded them to imgur. the photos were great, and the market looks amazing!!





Actually those photos were from an earlier post before I went on my trip. I took them from the internet. My photos are in a post from yesterday. But the photos from the internet do capture the market well. I signed up at Imgur, here are some of my photos of the market and the city.












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pooflady wrote:Glad Mbspell posted the pictures. Beautiful. I wonder how many days you could spend walking through the market.



Poof, I imagine you could spend a lot of time there. As you can see the market is quite large and there is also a separate market just for the kids. Many of the streets leading to the market are also lined with stalls selling food and other items.

The market is literally in the center of the city which is an area surrounded by a wall,almost 4 miles in circumference, going back to the 11th century which protected the city. The area is called the 'Altstadt' which means the 'old city'. Nurnberg was a major trading city, the main east-west and north-south trade routes went through the city, and Nurnberg was a very wealthy city. Nurnber is very close to the geographic center of Europe. Many of the homes of the wealthy merchants are preserved in the Altstadt. One of the finest ones is now the city museum. The Holy Roman Empire didn't have a permanent capitol, the Emperor, the most famous one was Charlemagne, would travel around the empire and hold court for several months in selected cities. Nurnberg was one of them, the imperial castle is on the Northwest corner of the city on a hill overlooking the city. It is quite large and one of the only castles in Europe that was never conquered by an enemy. Having an imperial castle gave Nurnberg a lot of prestige and attracted many powerful people.

Of course the modern city has spread far beyond the wall. The population of the city is around 500,000 people. Because of the historical connection to the Holy Roman Empire, Hitler made Nurnberg the spiritual capitol of the Third Reich and Berlin the political capitol. The N*** Party rallies were held in Nurnberg every year at a large area in the Southeast corner of the city. Some of it is still there including a large stadium which you have probably seen from films of that period.

Now the area is used for the annual festivals (Volksfest) in the spring and fall, similar to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Another, building there, the Coliseum, which wasn't finished, was to house what would have been the world Parliament building after Hitler had conquered Europe. It now contains the Dokumentationzentrum which houses many documents from the Third Reich and is open to the public.

(As you might notice, I love the city and I love history. I first lived in Nurnberg for almost 2 years in the mid '70s as a young soldier, and I returned in 1999 and lived a bit north of the city for 2 more years. Since I moved away, first to Heidelberg for 7 years and now Poland for the last 9 years, I go back to visit as often as I can. Rome, Tokyo and Nurnberg are my 3 favorite cities in he world. My mother was born and raised in Rome, I still have family there, and I lived just outside of Tokyo for 3 1/2 years.)

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pooflady


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edlada wrote:Poof, I imagine you could spend a lot of time there. As you can see the market is quite large and there is also a separate market just for the kids. Many of the streets leading to the market are also lined with stalls selling food and other items.

The market is literally in the center of the city which is an area surrounded by a wall,almost 4 miles in circumference, going back to the 11th century which protected the city. The area is called the 'Altstadt' which means the 'old city'. Nurnberg was a major trading city, the main east-west and north-south trade routes went through the city, and Nurnberg was a very wealthy city. Nurnber is very close to the geographic center of Europe. Many of the homes of the wealthy merchants are preserved in the Altstadt. One of the finest ones is now the city museum. The Holy Roman Empire didn't have a permanent capitol, the Emperor, the most famous one was Charlemagne, would travel around the empire and hold court for several months in selected cities. Nurnberg was one of them, the imperial castle is on the Northwest corner of the city on a hill overlooking the city. It is quite large and one of the only castles in Europe that was never conquered by an enemy. Having an imperial castle gave Nurnberg a lot of prestige and attracted many powerful people.

Of course the modern city has spread far beyond the wall. The population of the city is around 500,000 people. Because of the historical connection to the Holy Roman Empire, Hitler made Nurnberg the spiritual capitol of the Third Reich and Berlin the political capitol. The N*** Party rallies were held in Nurnberg every year at a large area in the Southeast corner of the city. Some of it is still there including a large stadium which you have probably seen from films of that period.

Now the area is used for the annual festivals (Volksfest) in the spring and fall, similar to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Another, building there, the Coliseum, which wasn't finished, was to house what would have been the world Parliament building after Hitler had conquered Europe. It now contains the Dokumentationzentrum which houses many documents from the Third Reich and is open to the public.

(As you might notice, I love the city and I love history. I first lived in Nurnberg for almost 2 years in the mid '70s as a young soldier, and I returned in 1999 and lived a bit north of the city for 2 more years. Since I moved away, first to Heidelberg for 7 years and now Poland for the last 9 years, I go back to visit as often as I can. Rome, Tokyo and Nurnberg are my 3 favorite cities in he world. My mother was born and raised in Rome, I still have family there, and I lived just outside of Tokyo for 3 1/2 years.)



Everything sounds wonderful. I really don't think you're seriously considering returning to PA, at least not yet. Maybe when you're older. Right now as many visits with the grandkids as you can afford, and surely Mom and Dad could bring them over occasionally when they're a little older.



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MERRY CHRISTMAS,EDLADA, AND NO.1, WHEREVER YOU ARE.



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pooflady wrote:MERRY CHRISTMAS,EDLADA, AND NO.1, WHEREVER YOU ARE.



Merry Christmas to you too, Poof and everyone! Hope you all get what you want for Christmas.

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pooflady wrote:Everything sounds wonderful. I really don't think you're seriously considering returning to PA, at least not yet. Maybe when you're older. Right now as many visits with the grandkids as you can afford, and surely Mom and Dad could bring them over occasionally when they're a little older.



That is exactly my plan. I intend to go every year for a month or 2. Preferably when it is warm. I am not a fan of winter anymore and flying that time of year is never certain. I have already promised my daughter that when the kids are older we will go to Disneyland and go on a cruise. I am not a fan of either but I have to spoil my grandkids, right?

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Thanks Poof. Merry Christmas everybody!

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edlada wrote:That is exactly my plan. I intend to go every year for a month or 2. Preferably when it is warm. I am not a fan of winter anymore and flying that time of year is never certain. I have already promised my daughter that when the kids are older we will go to Disneyland and go on a cruise. I am not a fan of either but I have to spoil my grandkids, right?



Absolutely, just don't wait too many years.



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edlada wrote:That is exactly my plan. I intend to go every year for a month or 2. Preferably when it is warm. I am not a fan of winter anymore and flying that time of year is never certain. I have already promised my daughter that when the kids are older we will go to Disneyland and go on a cruise. I am not a fan of either but I have to spoil my grandkids, right?



I have very fond memories of Disney World with my grandparents, and I know my kids have them as well. and the kids loved the cruises, too.

merry christmas!



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pooflady wrote:Absolutely, just don't wait too many years.



Well I need to wait until the little ones are old enough to remember it. When I was 7 years old we crossed the Atlantic and back on a ship, to Italy to see my mother's family. It was an incredible experience to see a foreign country and travel on a ship. I remember it well to this day and I think it was a big influence on my life. I realized at an early age that there is a big beautiful world out there. I want my grandchildren to have the same experience.

Amazingly enough, I was in a coffee shop in Potsdam, near Berlin, with a friend before Christmas an there on the wall was a painting of the SS United States, the ship we returned from Europe on. And it was for sale! So I bought it.

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edlada wrote:Well I need to wait until the little ones are old enough to remember it. When I was 7 years old we crossed the Atlantic and back on a ship, to Italy to see my mother's family. It was an incredible experience to see a foreign country and travel on a ship. I remember it well to this day and I think it was a big influence on my life. I realized at an early age that there is a big beautiful world out there. I want my grandchildren to have the same experience.

Amazingly enough, I was in a coffee shop in Potsdam, near Berlin, with a friend before Christmas an there on the wall was a painting of the SS United States, the ship we returned from Europe on. And it was for sale! So I bought it.



Good move.



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mbspell wrote:I have very fond memories of Disney World with my grandparents, and I know my kids have them as well. and the kids loved the cruises, too.

merry christmas!

Going through our 8mm movies last week, found one with us at Disneyland in 1963. I'd forgotten about that trip! I was only 9yo.


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pooflady wrote:Good move.



Ed, check the weather channel. It's unbelievable what Erie got and is going to get. I didn't know Erie is one of the snowiest cities in the country.



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pooflady wrote:Ed, check the weather channel. It's unbelievable what Erie got and is going to get. I didn't know Erie is one of the snowiest cities in the country.


Holy cow! Was just reading on that and looking at pics!


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