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OK, let's give 'G-Travels' a fresh kick. As most will know, the idea was to send a G-Shock around the world with pictures to illustrate its journey. The watch would eventually end up back with Jersterca, the originator of the idea and owner of the watch.

Except as most will also know, after leaving me the watch arrived in Norway and then never left Norway... Solution: continue with another watch. Jersterca will just end up with a different watch than he started with. The G-Travels watch is now the G-8000 that I kept in Kraków as a 'spare'.

Here it is in my Kraków 'man-drawer' - repository of expired batteries, keys that don't fit anything and tiny screwdrivers.



Some views of Kraków. They're not all 'touristy' as I've probably snapped more than enough of those over the last thirteen years. However, I did find myself thinking 'better do a couple of the Market Square for the forum'...

World recession hits candy-floss sales.



Where Copernicus (Mikolaj Kopernik) went to university.



Market Square. Girl on telephone.



Girls on bikes. There's always another one along in a minute.



Quiet street.



Kanonicza.



Tramlines, cobbles, girl checking phone.



Bridge.



New Opera House. Girl on phone on balcony.



Priority for trams.



Three views of half of the Market Square (there's another half behind the central Cloth hall).







Souvenirs in the Cloth Hall.



Cathedral on Wawel Hill.



Three pictures from Wawel (but none of the main attraction, I notice...).







The cult of Clarkson reaches everywhere.



In Europe. More places to phone!



I didn't set out to take pictures of girls on the phone - it's just almost impossible to take a street scene without them...

I'll post some more pictures of a place near Krakow, once I've sorted them out.

But back to G-Travels. I'll contact Jersterca and see if he has the original list of names and addresses. Or we can start a fresh list.
 

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You can add me in, I signed up for the original :)
Maybe we could start an off topic "girls on phones" thread. We already have a nice start :-!
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I have to show these to my wife, she really wants to visit Poland as her mom and dad emigrated from there after WWII and she still has family in the countryside.

Great pics!

Cheers,
Griff
 

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Brilliant idea Tribe.:-! And lovely shots.:p:p The QUIET STREET was exceptional.;-)|>

I'm pretty sure this is a welcome development to a lot of people here. (myself included):)

...G-Travels brought back from the dead.b-)

 

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So who's the guy in Norway Tribe? Just curious... :think:
 

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Great pics. Thanks for sharing, and good to have you back on the forum!
 

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Tribe, I love the pics.
If you need anyone in Michigan add me to the list.
I also travel frequently to East Tennessee.
 

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Hey Tribe!

Terrific pictures.. makes me want to go! I'll have to settle for St. Louis though.... ; (

Hey, from what I understand, the original watch was, how do you English say it, "nabbed"? "copped"? you know what I mean.... stolen.... LOL

I would be glad to chip in so you don't have to bear the total burden of this thing.

Why don't we all take up a collection for Tribe (or Jersterca). With a few of us donating, I don't expect it would be very much, say what? (English accent)


-Gawain
 

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Why don't we all take up a collection for Tribe (or Jersterca). With a few of us donating, I don't expect it would be very much, say what? (English accent)
-Gawain
That sounds like a great idea!.

Gawain, If Tribe sends it over I could get some pics around here and then deliver it to you in East Tennessee.
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pick it up from you.
 

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That will work Deacon.... !!!!!!!!!

That sounds like a great idea!.

Gawain, If Tribe sends it over I could get some pics around here and then deliver it to you in East Tennessee.
OR
pick it up from you.
 

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Why don't we all take up a collection for Tribe (or Jersterca). With a few of us donating, I don't expect it would be very much, say what? (English accent)
Nice thought and much appreciated, but not necessary. The watch I'm donating is worth very little, especially as I trimmed the strap...

I haven't had time to give a great deal of thought to how we arrange the new mailing list, but will do in the coming days. A fresh list might make most sense, so I will probably put up a specific thread looking for people interested in participating.
 

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I was near the top of the last list and it would have been and gone by now with lots of pics in tow if not for the kidnapping...


...alas, I'm moving soon (address unknown) and my camera also died so I think I'll have to miss out this time. :-( <|
 

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I'm not sure where I was in the old list, but I gave my name to Jesterca fairly early.

Definitely count me in for this one. Can we send Mr. Norway some rotten eggs or something? :-d
 

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I mentioned more photos -

Some views of Nowa Huta, one of the most remarkable cities in Europe, and the world's most complete and vivid expression of 'socialist realism' in architecture and town-planning.

It lies a few miles to the east of Kraków and was built with a social and political purpose. Commenced in 1949, it was meant to humiliate and marginalise the reactionary and distrusted intelligentsia of Kraków. A massive steelworks was built (itself the size of a city), together with the 'Polish socialism city of dreams' to house the workers. Paradoxically, the 'heroic' bricklayers and subsequent residents were conservative country people drawn from all over Poland. Within a decade they were taking to the streets demanding a church in their city of dreams (and were being met by the tear-gas and bullets of the ZOMO riot police).

Curiously, the first plans for Nowa Huta were drawn up by Chicago architects, as the Poles were keen to embrace the American 'neighborhood' system. Every district has its own kindergarten, other local amenities and green space. Ultimately, the project was handed over to notable Polish architects. Districts were added in the following decades, generally within the framework of the original design, but each with a style that reflected current developments in urban architecture.

I like it a lot. It's relaxed, spacious, and no expense was spared in its construction. There may be areas that are best visited in daylight (and there's not a great deal in the way of cafés and clubs), but even so I would rather live in Nowa Huta than in some housing projects in my own country. It is scheduled to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The first pictures, from an open-air exhibition marking the city's 60th anniversary, give a flavour of the early years. The remainder were taken by me a week or two ago.



Proud architects.



Lenin loco.



Brave New World not complete in every aspect.



ZOMO riot police guarding Lenin.



Factory gate.



Welcome to Huta!



Plac Centralny.



Avenue Of The Roses. Where Lenin used to stride purposefully.



The future's bright, the future's orange.



Centrum B. The gates were part of the plan to make each district defensible. Against who though...



The Swedish House. In the 1960s the architects took a trip to Sweden and came back with some new ideas.



Graffiti. Not everyone is a model citizen.



Playing cards. The tables have inlaid chess boards, but are mostly used for cards. And most tables have an invigilating observer.



Women talk, men play cards.



More cards.



A face that may have come into contact with hard things.



I was just taking a picture of the church...



when they all suddenly emerged and seemed to be heading towards me with a purpose.



Fortunately, they turned round the corner and then disappeared. My wife scampered off to look for them and wondered if they had gone underground.



Just a couple of survivors.



Great building though. The glazed roof is a spectacular piece of engineering.



Entering Da Funk's Zone.



Also the point at which Solidarity meets the Pope. Which they did, of course.



And over the road into the post-modern Centrum E.



Top flat please.



Farewell to Huta! Slight watch connection - the sign on the jewellers says 'Grovana Swiss Watch'.



Nowa Huta coasters!

 
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