D-38, May 29, Luban to Görlitz

Great 27-km hike over narrow, paved country roads lead us into Görlitz. Incidentally, this last stretch lays claim to being genuinely on the Via Regia through countless archeological discoveries.

Like many intermediate milestones, this one was bittersweet in that the Polish phase ended and the German phase began. Under way, we stopped at Poland’s oldest tree, the 1500-year old yew tree–of course, I expected something of the size of a redwood, but encountered instead a smallish struggling evergreen. At its age, however, I still paid him my deepest respects! Same species, BTW that the churches of peace were made of!

A few iconic pics are included of Görlitz. Now obtaining a place to stay at the Peregrinus Haus was worth blogging about. Although I has tried to get email confirmation, I was too late. A knock on their door and we were greeted by a person who turned out to be the groom of a huge wedding party on Saturday–he and his new bride et al were cleaning up a bit–no way they were authorized to let us stay there and there was no staff. After being visibly disappointed, his father (fairly high up in the Peregrinus chain of command) gave the go ahead telephonically. Needless to say, were most grateful! We celebrated our hike through Poland with a great dinner and glass of good wine.


  1. Joyce Summers — 05-30-2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Kurt! I especially enjoyed seeing the picture of Poland’s oldest yew tree, not particularly impressive in appearance and stature, but obviously a survivor, a tree of wisdom. I am glad you paid him your deepest respect. If trees could talk, can you imagine the stories this tree could tell! Now you and Eddie have been added to the Polish yew tree’s long memory of pilgrims passing by, a wonderful ending to your journey across Poland together. Your trek across Germany begins. Viele Grüße!

  2. Joyce Summers — 05-31-2016 at 5:30 am

    I just love that tree and shared your picture. I hope that is OK.

  3. Edward Wolski — 06-05-2016 at 5:43 am

    There are trees with story to tell,all over Poland ,dear Joyce .Not as old,of course…

  4. Joanne Lopez-Rojas — 06-05-2016 at 11:34 pm

    Always playing that PILGRIM card I see. XO