Plan B In Poland
July 21, 2014 Przemysl, Poland Przemyśl, Poland, is a top travel choice for culture, history, and a tourist-free look at life in Poland.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Vicki and I arrived in town and checked into our boutique B&B. Before we could even start to unpack, the owner whisked us into his music room.
"Concert tonight." Someone placed a glass of wine in our hands, closed the door, and left. The concert began, a music salon straight out of 200 years ago.
Welcome to Warsaw, Poland.
Only six of us attended the concert, and two were shills, I suspect, perhaps music teachers for the girls who played oboe and violin.
The girls, in black concert dresses, each played a couple of pieces, in turn. Then they both came up to play the featured work, you guessed it, a duet for oboe and violin (Bach). The duet brought the house down, although this was a very small house, as I've explained.
Poles love music, it seems. Polish history provides a fair share of solid heroes, from Copernicus to Pope John Paul II and many in between. Yet the national hero, at least in Warsaw, is Chopin. And everywhere in Poland, musicians rule. We heard an impressive soprano in Krakow singing in a plaza. Vicki and I stopped for a beer in a pub, and the owner sat down at the piano and played show tunes. Construction workers doing repairs in our hotel listened to Mozart on the radio.
Poles have room for other artists, too. Vicki and I wandered into a museum in Warsaw's medieval town square and learned it was dedicated to a poet. All over the country Poles somehow find money to restore and upgrade art museums and their collections and build monuments to painters, writers, and statesmen.