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    I recently found this 2.5" butterscoch bakelite souvenir pin online, probably 1930's. Had to buy it because I loved Zakopane - my 2015 trip to Poland which included this beautiful Southern-most region. We stayed at Hostel Stara Polana, only basic, reluctant English spoken, no internet - 1905 villa - beautiful architecture (yes, remodelled over the years, but still a lot of cool old details everywhere!) including glass fittings such as this lamp and yes, a horse drove by in front as we waited for our tour to Lake Morskie Oko in the Tatra National Park. We were there in June and it rained during our 3 days in Zakopane. We did not see the amazing view of Morskie Oko, clouds hung too low. But it was so magical and now I have this bakelite pin to remind me of this magical place.


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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Lovely bakelite pin from one of your favorite travel places Mary, great photos, I love the Old World ambience of the hotel, horse drawn cart etc. Isn't it always a lovely surprise to find such a delightful place on our trips. Thanks so much for sharing this
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Wow, what a fairy tale vacation! I could only dream!
      Poland...I'm in awe. The 100+ year old "Hotel" is amazing.
      What was it like to wake up in a place such as this, or for that matter go to sleep?
      I would feel back in time, which would be not a good thing, but a great thing!!
      Your little hat pin with the feather is mighty sweet also, my friend.
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Looks like a gorgeous place to stay !~
    4. Andreamw, 3 years ago
      Love the pin and the way it reminds you of a wonderful trip! That building is the kind of architecture that I adore. Thanks for sharing!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      It's a very cool memento Mary. Gorgeous place.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Jenni - This was oh it is hard to say!! my favorite region of Poland?! I have a lot of cool photos with no descriptions to share because minimal English was spoken, so I asked Ivonne to help me with some of the sites. Steve's ancestors are Jewish (Russia) and mine Catholic (Prussia) so visiting Poland was thinking about our ancestors' world and culture. I think that's why we loved it so much, besides the beer and great food.
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Eileen - Warsaw was known as the Paris of the East before WWI!!

      And far South in Zakopane, this was a villa someone owned and shared to skiers and winter visitors. It was great waking up here. Our room was modest but had a balcony and in June raining for 3 days the radiator was giving off enough heat to dry our clothes. We were free to wander around and saw that there were grander rooms, suites with kitchens and rooms with romantic balconies looking into trees. Steve and I looked at each other - why didn't we get one of these rooms? LOL Oh well, didn't matter. We met someone from Michigan who visits every year because he is a distant relative and even he was a bit standoffish with us. Oh well! Didn't matter!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Phil - yes it was! I loved everything about this villa. At first...I was mad there was no internet because that was how we booked our transportation to the our next destination, but staying somewhere for 3 glorious days was a treat - even in the rain.

      Andre - yes it was very special.

      Karen - thank you. I really loved my trip to Poland. I was surprised that I would feel that way. We took 21 days and toured it all by Polski autobus and trains. It was so beautiful, clean, everything on time. Warsaw and Krakow are wonderful! Because I have relatives that disappeared, it was a hard trip too. My family clings to the idea that everyone immigrated to America from Prussia in 1860 and settled in Minnesota, and of course that is not true.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      It's probably boring friends, but I have to add this memory of Zakopane. Steve and I hiked 4 miles uphill in the rain to the famous Morskie Ovo lake. German tourists smoking rain by us! We looked at each other "what the F?, why did we quit smoking?" We trudged on - and suddenly!! there were are and the clouds are so low with steady rain. We could not see anything. And, it's kind of neat to say this, but we didn't know what the lake looked like until we got back home later. It is magnificent. Anyway that day, we walked around in our ponchos and rested a bit in the lodge and then....back down in the rain, back to Zakopane. It is a favorite memory of my trip to Poland.
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Wish I would have been there to meet and greet you at the door !~
    11. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Great memories obviously, and now this cutie to keep them in mind. Cool.
    12. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Sounds like paradise to me. I love the country, having grown up there, and big bodies of water. Growing up in Avila...
      Seriously,people were smoking hiking uphill?
      The majority of us that live here in the good old USA have ancestors that migrated here, my Paternal Grandmother's family from France in the 1700's and Paternal Grandfather from The Azores by Brazil. My Maternal Grandmother's family from Ireland and I havent't a clue of my Maternal Grandfather, sad to say. So I do hope your family made it here, if here is where they intended! :)
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Phil - yes, someday I hope we meet at a cool old hotel!

      Karen - yes, I was so excited to find this pin as you can tell :)

      Eileen - Yes!! They were smoking AND running up the hill. To be fair to Steve and me, it was an 8 mile hike in the pouring rain, steadily uphill LOL. We should have jumped on the horse driven taxi bus....but we kept thinking "it has to be close"....

      Two great grandfathers were put on orphan trains on the east coast to Midwest homes. I have relatives from Prussia, Lichtenstein, Ireland...and I think Wales but I need to dig a bit more. All through Ellis Island. Of course you and I and many CW friends care very much about our ancestors. Thank you for your nice comments and I hope someday we can go junking with Bill :)

      Thanks for your loves friends: Thomas, Fort, BB2, Judy, Kevin, vynl33rpm, Anna, kwqd, officialfuel, Ken and JohnSmith :)
    14. lentilka11, 3 years ago
      Nice memories! I am going to visit Tatry (slovak side) in october. Wish I will too meet some interesting bakelite brooches there! :D
    15. Ivonne Ivonne, 3 years ago
      I'm so glad you liked Zakopane and the hostel,which was built in 1905 by the P?aza family and nowadays,as far as I know , is owned by Cracow University of Technology .There's a campaign now against horse transportation to Morskie Oko.Some horses flaked out and died while being forced to drag too heavy carts full of tourists.
    16. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      My #1 Mary, this little Bakelite Hat Brooch is so cute, sorry I'm so slow getting to see it! :^D It reminded me of a little Wooden Donkey shaped F.D.R. Political Brooch, that I just got, must be the cuteness! I'll try to post it soon, but maybe with something else! Thank you for sharing, about your Trip to Zakopane too! :^)
    17. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Oh Mary I just read your comment to Eileen! I think it would be a fun time, "runnin around like kids in a candy store". . . well maybe more like walkin around a used car lot, kickin the tires and acting like we know what we're talkin about, tryin to talk the salesman down in the price! &:^} Off Track ! ! !
      I can't wait for the day! :^D
    18. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Thank you friends for your posts. I love Poland!! as I think you know from my posts.

      Lentilka - sadly, I couldn't find any vintage treasures. I bought some coins and I took a lot of great photos. I am sure your trip to Tatry will be beautiful, please be sure to share. When I saw this bakelite pin on ebay I was so excited to have it.
    19. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Ivonne - thanks for commenting about the horse taxis to Morskie Oko. Steve and I trudged up the hill and when carts went by we thought they were too full. Because we were "almost there", we didn't consider getting on a taxi. We kept thinking we would be at the lake SOON (ha ha!) and those smoking Germans running by us made us laugh so hard and wonder why did we quit smoking?
    20. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Bill - thank you for your comments - when I visit and shop with you I would enjoy our day even if you think it's just kicking tires around. ha ha ha! And, thank you for saying that I am your #1 Mary. :-)

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