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Szafarnia and bread
August 10, 1824. Chopin is spending his holiday in Szafarnia, near Dobrzyń, at his school friend, Dominik Dziewanowski’s family house. In his first letter to his parents (dated 10 August), Chopin writes: "I’m well, thank the Lord, and continuously have the most pleasant time. I don’t read, don’t write, but play, draw, run, and enjoy the fresh air, having a ride either on four wheels or on four hooves, as I did only yesterday. I have exceptionally good appetite, and the only thing my thin belly, which is nevertheless beginning to gain weight, needs to obtain absolute happiness is the permission and freedom to eat country bread [!]. Garardot prohibited me from eating rye bread, but that referred to the Warsaw kind, not the country kind. He prohibited it because it was sour, but the bread made here has no sourness in itself. One is dark, the other is white. That one is whole meal, this one is made of beautiful flour, and lastly, Gerardot would like this bread better and if he could try it, and he would certainly let me eat it, because it’s the physicians’ habit to let their patients do what they themselves like."
During his stay in Szafarnia Chopin visits villages located in the vicinity: Sokołowo, Dobrzyń, Radomin, Rętwiny, Gulbiny, Płonne, Ugoszcz, Obory, Bocheniec, Obrów, Dułnik, Białkowo, Płonko, Golub, Lipno and Nieszawa. He witnesses a mass meeting of Polish landed gentry; becomes more familiar with the traditional folk culture of the borderlands of Mazowsze and Kujawy; listens to a Jewish ensemble perform; and plays four hands with Ludwika Dziewanowska. More information:
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  • Dobrzyńska and Chełmińska Land – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

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During his stay in Szafarnia Chopin visits villages located in the vicinity: Sokołowo, Dobrzyń, Radomin, Rętwiny, Gulbiny, Płonne, Ugoszcz, Obory, Bocheniec, Obrów, Dułnik, Białkowo, Płonko, Golub, Lipno and Nieszawa. He witnesses a mass meeting of Polish landed gentry; becomes more familiar with the traditional folk culture of the borderlands of Mazowsze and Kujawy; listens to a Jewish ensemble perform; and plays four hands with Ludwika Dziewanowska.

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