I’m not the kind of traveler who has crossed a jungle.  I have no defeated any desert. I have not been in Antarctica.
For me travel is not visiting record numbers of museums or mountain peaks.  I like to explore slowly, checking out the local sites, traditions and people. I’m a travel  writer/blogger and journalist, constantly with suitcases – because of my curiosity and because in life the most important things are moments.  I travel through life. I take pictures of places and people.  I write stories about them:   Easter breakfast on the beach overlooking jumping dolphins on the bay, sitting on the Paris island Ile Saint Louis, looking at the world from the summit of the Tatra Mountains, listening to the Krakow Hejnal.  These moments are extraordinary.
Apart from catching such moments, for several years the Polska Gazeta Krakowska (a newspaper produced in collaboration with the London Times) and other daily papers published my articles.  I interviewed Sir Jeffrey Archer, Bobby McFerrin and many other amazing people.  My articles subjects included Lenny Kravitz, the President of Poland, Pope John Paul II (who was from Krakow) and countless other topics.
Because I love trying everything and still learning something new, I left Krakow and set off for France.  The idea was to spend several months there but it turned into years.  I traveled the country of cheese and wine and learned secrets of the French language.  I learned culture and cuisine in Provence, then mysteries of the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  I shared this knowledge with people from all over the world as a tour guide in Paris.I even organized French cooking courses with great success. Meeting with all these people was an amazing adventure of my life and when I think of Paris I see their smiling faces.
Next I crossed the state of Florida, from the Gulf of Mexico to the beaches of Miami.  I saw the best of Greece and Italy.   But I still thought of my Krakow – where I originally dreamed of these trips, studied literature, and ate Obwarzanki every day so finally I returned to Krakow for some time.
I set up this blog after moving to Paris.This is more than just a travel blog:I wanted to create something independent and objective about this city from the local side.The Postcards consist of the stories of people I met, photos of unusual places I lived not as a regular tourist but as an insider, advice on how to enjoy the best of these places, and other great things to read.  Have a look.  Who knows, maybe you will find your story – or some of my postcards will inspire you.


 Joanna Werynska



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