12-Aug-2017 -- This is visit number 1 in a sequence of 2 visits made during a weekend trip to Poland.
The next is 49N 17E.
For the first couple of days of a week holiday together with Michael I decided to travel to south Poland and show Michael where his grandmother had grown up, where his grandfather had grown up and to catch up with relatives on my father's side which I had not seen for 8 years. Michael had last visited the relatives 20 years ago and as a 4 year old then, did not have any recollection of the visit.
In addition, since his point was only about 60 km from my mother's roots in Silesia, specifically near Koźle, we decided to visit this CP, giving Michael and myself our first Polish CP. The car navi was programmed and we left Vienna about 10 a.m. and headed north. After an uneventful trip north-east through Austria, the Czech republic, and a short distance through Poland on a very impressive newish motorway (the last Polish motorway I had used was in 1978 and it had cows grazing on the side of the road and only a grass central reservation, no crash barrier, and was only a few kilometres long), we arrived in front of the property at 14:00 where the CP lay.
I started to take the usual photos, like previous visitors happy with getting within 30-odd metres of the CP, when a gentleman approached me from inside the property and asked in Polish if we would like to come in - I still had remnants of Polish from previous visits to understand this.
So we entered the property and tried to locate the CP. It seemed to me to be between the front of the machine shed and the rear so we chose to go out the back and approach from behind. The usual photos were taken and our hosts appeared with a family album/scrapbook with a few pages received from other visitors. I obtained the full postal address promising to send the report and some photos for the album.
At around 14:30 we headed towards Koźle and attempted to locate my mother's family home (or at least its location - the original house long gone) and other locations previously visited in the 1970's and 1980's. We ended the day in a hotel in Prudnik, 40 km from my father's relatives; They would have to wait until Sunday.