Poland, Prague and Kazakhstan

In September we made a trip to Eastern Europe.  Our first stop was Szklarka National Park in the southern Polish mountains near the border between Poland and the Czech republic.  I went for a couple hikes there. Those pictures can be found on this web page.

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From there we got a ride into Prague and spent two days there. 

Prague pictures


And then we flew 8 more hours to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where we spent one day and then flew up to Ust Kamenogorsk, where we spent 3 more days.


In Kazakhstan I saw lots of beautiful textiles, embroidered wall hangings and cushions,  felted carpets, woven braids and more.  I saw two yurts in museums that were filled with beautifully decorated objects.  You can find some of those pictures here.

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This amazingly decorated, wooden cathedral is in Almaty.


The architecture and the yurts, both inside and outside are a delight. Rich embroideries and wonderful bright colours. The wealth of artistic endeavours in this cultre is a hidden secret. Thanks so much for sharing these excellent photos to give us a glimpse of the treasures contained within the country.
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