Archive for the ‘Travel Memoirs’ Category

Waiting for Olivia de Havilland

March 22, 2011 It’s hard to believe that I am headed for the American Library in Paris to meet one of the greatest movie stars of all time, an actress whose performance in The Heiress captivated my imagination when I was a teenager, half a century ago. But, it’s true, I am about to meet [...]

A Polish Son in Egypt

Leonard Kniffel, Carlon Walker.

It’s a Saturday in May, 1996, and we are on our way to Cairo. Two smiling young guys are driving us into the city from the airport, Abdul the driver and Sharif who will be our guide. They point out modern buildings, hotels, and military facilities along the way, noting the French influence on the [...]

Boleszyn, Where Busia Was Baptized

St. Martin’s in Boleszyn is the parish to which Sugajno belongs. It’s a long walk or a short buggy ride away. The wooden church there was built in 1721 and 1722, only a few years after the so-called Silent Sejm of 1717, in which Peter the Great of Russia imposed a protectorate over Poland, leading [...]

Remembering My Aunt: Elizabeth “Betty” Brodacki (nee Both), 13 May 1927–23 May 2016

I must have been two or three years old when Aunt Betty first appeared in my life—because I cannot remember a time when she wasn’t. I know it must have been before October 7, 1950, when Uncle Hank’s father, Grandpa Brodacki, died nearly two years before Uncle Hank and Aunt Betty were married. Betty’s future [...]

The Mysteries of Krakow

A procession of some two hundred robed scholars ascends the steps inside the Collegium Novum in Krakow; six hundred years of this pomp has acted itself out in these hallowed halls of the Jagiellonian University. It’s all very exclusive. I remember sitting in the ancient room to which they are all heading when I was [...]