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The monastery

The monastery

Hi! I’m Eva. This is the Holy Cross monastery. And Lysa Gora (also called Lysiec or Swiety Krzyz) was a site of a pagan cult in Roman and early medieval times. After the Baptism of Poland, a church and a monastery were built here by the monks of the Benedictine order from Hungary, in all probability settled here by King Boleslaw the Wry-mouthed in the l2th century.


Hello! I’m Iza. Iwould like to tell you about the Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountain which are a mountain range in central Poland, in the vicinity of the city of Kielce. In most part the chain consists of a number of separate ranges, the highest of which is Łysogóry. The two highest peaks are Łysica at 612 meters (2008 ft) and Łysa Góra at 593 meters (1946 ft). Together with the Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska the mountains form a region called the Lesser Poland Upland (Wyżyna Małopolska). Their area is 1684 km² (650 mi²). Approximate location is 50°53′N 20°55′E / 50.883°N 20.917°E / 50.883; 20.917. The Świętokrzyskie Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe. They were formed during the Caledonian orogeny of the Silurian period and then rejuvenated in the Hercynian orogeny of the Upper Carboniferous period. From the early Middle Ages the mountains were a place of extensive copper and iron mining. Later they were also a significant site of limestone and red sandstone extraction. At present, the center part of the mountains contains the Świętokrzyski National Park. The name, Holy Cross Mountains, refers to a Christian relic from a nearby Benedictine monastery on Łysa Góra, said to be a small piece of wood from the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

The Holy Cross Mountains

The Holy Cross Mountains

Hello schoolmates on epostcards from Europe!

We would like you to get to know our beautiful country and region better! So, look at the quiz and try to answer as many questions as possible. We are looking forward to your quizzes! and we’re looking forward to your answers!!!


  1. What colours are our flag?   a) red and yellow   c) Red and white   c) Yellow and blue
  2. How many people are there in Spain?  a) 46 million   b) 74 million   c) 16 million
  3. Who is the king of Spain?  a) Carlos I          b) Juan I     c) Juan Carlos I   
  4. Who is the president of Spain?  a) José Maria Aznar   b) José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero   c) Felipe González
  5. What city is the capital of Spain?  a) Barcelona   b) Sevilla   c) Madrid
  6. Spain joined the European Union in…  a) 1981     b) 1982    c) 1986
  7. What’s the highest point mountain in Spain?   a) Teide    b) Aneto    c) Guadarrama
  8. What’s the longest river in Spain?  a) Tagus (Tajo)   b)  Ebro   c) Guadalquivir
  9. Spain is in a peninsula. Their name is…  a) Iberian    c) Celtic     d) Italian
  10.  What islands belong to Spain?  a) Balearyc and Canary   b) Frisian   c) Sicily and Corse



  1. What colours are Catalonia’s flag?   a) red and yellow   c) Red and white   c) Yellow and blue
  2. What’s the Catalonia’s area?  a) 500.000 km2   b) 102.000 km2  c) 32.000 km2
  3. In Catalonia people speaks Spanish and…  a) French   b) Catalan   c) German
  4. How many people are there in Catalonia?  a) 4 million   b) 14 million   c) 7 million
  5.  Who is the president of Catalonia?  a) José Montilla   b) Jordi Pujol   c) Felipe González
  6. What’s the Catalonia’s police force name?  a) Mossos d’esquadra  b) Guardia Civil  c) Sapeurs
  7. The national anthem of Catalonia is…  a)  Els camperols   b) Els Segadors  c) El Nois
  8. Who build the holly family church in Barcelona?  A) Gaudí   b) Picasso  c) Dalí
  9. What’s the name of the biggest football team of Catalonia? A) Real Madrid   b) F.C. Barcelona   c) Valencia C.F.
  10.  There is a day that we give and exchange as a present books and roses: a) 23 April   b) 5 december    c) 10 may

Hi! I’m Joanna. This is a big stadium in Kielce. We have the first League football team. It’s called ” The Crown” Their colours are red, yellow and black. They play there. Unfortunately they lost the match yesterday.

Kielce - the stadium

Kielce - the stadium

Hello! I’m Ann. This is our park. Its name is connected with the writer who lived in Kielce. His name is Stefan Zeromski. The park is not very big, but we like it. There is  a pond with swans and ducks, and the stage for artists in summer.

Autumn in our park

Autumn in our park

We have been absent from our blog meetings for over a week. This is because of our visit in Paris. I’m a mother of Clare who took part in an International Magin Piano Competition which took place in Paris from 19th March till 24th March. There were young pianists from Japan, the USA, Mongolia, France, Italy, Australia and Poland. Clare is happy to get two prizes. one for the best performance of Magin’s polka and the special prize from the President of Jury (International Summer Piano Course). John Bieniasz who comes from Daleszyce also played brilliantly. So, greetings from Paris for all of you, working hard to be good at the international cooperation on the blog.

After the winners' concert in Paris

After the winners' concert in Paris

Hello schoolmates on epostcards from Europe!

We would like you to get to know our beautiful country better! So, look at the quiz and the instructions below and try to answer as many questions as possible. We are looking forward to your quizzes so that we will be able to get to know your countries, and, of course, we’re looking forward to your answers! So here it goes…



Look at the following questions about our country and see how many of them you can answer. You may have to look them up in the internet, your books or ask your teachers. Try to answer them all! For some questions you will have to write the answer, for others you will have to choose from the answers that we give you, and for a few others you will have to put a number in front of them to show the correct order.


We hope you have a lot of fun while doing this quiz!


Your friends from Grade 1, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia


1.                  What is the official name of Greece?

 a.Hellas             b. Hellenic Republic           c. both (a) and (b)   d. neither (a) nor (b)


2.                  The capital of Greece is ____________


3.                  What is our country’s motto?


4.                  Which are the colours of our flag?


5.                  Who wrote our national anthem?

a.   Nikolaos Mantzaros b. Constantinos Kavafis    c. Dionyssios Solomos


6.                  Greece is in

a.   South America         b. Asia            c. Europe       d. Oceania


7.                  Greece joined the European Union in

a.   1991   b.         1981   c.         2001   d.         1971


8.                  In Greece we use the euro (€) since

a.   2001               b. 1981           c. 1991       d. we don’t use the euro (€) yet.


9.                  Before the euro (€) in Greece we used

a.   the pound (£)            b. the peseta (Pta)  c. the drahma (Drhm) d. the lira (₤)         


10.             Put the following big cities of Greece in the correct order from the biggest to the smallest:








11.             Who is the Prime Minister of Greece?

a.      Constantinos Karamanlis  b. George Papandreou


12.             What is the climate of Greece?


13.             What is the name of the sea that is around Greece?


a.      Adriatic Sea  b. Mediterranean Sea  c. Atlantic Ocean d. Indian Ocean


14.             Greece is a/an

a. mainland country b. island country c. both (a) and (b) d. neither (a) nor (b)       

15.             What is the name of the highest mountain of Greece?

a. Mount Panahaiko      b. Mount Olympus   c. Mount Pindus


16.             How high is it?


17.             Put the following big lakes of Greece in the correct order from the smallest to the biggest

                        Lake Vegoritida

                        Lake Prespa

                        Lake Trihonida

                        Lake Kerkini

18.             Which of the Greek rivers below is longer?

a.         Pinios             b.         Aliakmonas   c.         Nestos


19.             Which is the oldest historical monument in Greece?

a.   The Parthenon         b.         The tombs of Vergina


20.             The Parthenon is in

a.   Rhodes          b. Athens       c.  Olympia    d.  Knossos


21.             Who built the Parthenon?


22.             The church of St. Andrewin Patra was built between…

a.   1854-1863     b. 1884-1896                        c. 1954-1969             d. 1836-1843


23.             The White Tower is in

a.   Patra               b.Thessaloniki                      c. Athens

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