Photographer's Note

After the end of World War II, crossing the borders between Poland and Czechoslovakia was prohibited. Restrictive regulations made it difficult even to move around in the border area. Only 10 years later, in the mid-1950s, there was a breakthrough in the liberalization of the border regime of both countries (which was the result of the progressing process of de-Stalinization). On September 6, 1955, in Prague, representatives of the authorities of Poland and Czechoslovakia signed an agreement on border tourist traffic, commonly known as the tourist convention. A condition for exercising the rights of the contractor was the possession of the so-called tourist card and pass.
My parents got this tourist card and in July of 1956, we went to Slovak Tatras. I was so happy that I could go abroad. One can't imagine it now. Maybe these difficulties that I remember so well have made that I appreciate the fact that now I can wherever I want (well, without COVID and wars).
Here memories of this first trip abroad. You can see here the Teryho Chata from the Janusz today picture and the way to it. I remember that there were no places free and we slept on the floor.
The quality is very very very poor: the poor camera, I do not even remember what, it was very small, maybe from pre-war times, poor small film and 64 years have passed.
But I hope you will find it interesting (at least the note).

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13514 W: 141 N: 35070] (158198)
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