BYOB During Pope's Poland Visit

May 1st, 2006, 09:11 AM
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BYOB During Pope's Poland Visit

From the Cracow Life website:

"Alcohol will be banned from sale from all shops and bars in the Krakow and Warsaw regions during the first visit to Poland of Pope Benedict in late May.

Pope Benedictís three day schedule, from may 25 to may 28 will include stops in Krakow, Warsaw, the site of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and to the Shrine of the Black Madonna, Czestochowa.

A similar drinks ban was put in place during visits by Pope John Paul II to his homeland."
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May 1st, 2006, 09:31 AM
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Why, is he a recovering alcoholic who would be tempted by the easy availability of an adult beverage?
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May 1st, 2006, 01:21 PM
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The Polish Gov't probably doesn't want malcontents getting plastered in pubs, eventually leading to insulting slurs being lobbed at the pope.

"Prada lover!"
"Benny and the Jets!!"
"Mr. Red Shoes!!"

I can just here them now.
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May 1st, 2006, 03:08 PM
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It would have been interesting to be a little birdie in on the discussion that resulted in the alochol ban, wouldn't it?
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May 1st, 2006, 03:39 PM
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Keeps the British football fans away!
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May 1st, 2006, 04:46 PM
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Hahahahaha too funny Polly!
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May 2nd, 2006, 12:35 PM
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"Hear," not "here." I am mortified, as an ex-English teacher, at my spelling errors. It's the gin, sweetie.
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May 2nd, 2006, 12:53 PM
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I can understand the ban. While I was in Krakow in March, I seemed to be dogged by a rude group of youngish Brit males whose apparent priority was getting drunk early and often. I was trying to take a picture of a building's decorations in the snow and a few of them kept trying to jump in front of the photos. Another "accidentally" bumped into me to knock off my hat.
They also happened to be on the large bus we were taking to Auschwitz. Because the bus was overbooked, the organizers brought in another bus and we rushed to board that one. We occasionally were near the first group during the Auschwitz tour and these same louts were making jokes, sliding on the ice, pretending to do mock executions in front of the firing wall. They were sternly warned to knock off all that crap or get booted and, to my amazement, by the end of the tour actually managed to take it seriously.
So an alcohol ban is a good precaution. Unfortunately.
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May 2nd, 2006, 01:28 PM
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The ban on the sale of alcohol in Polish states when the Pope is in residence is not unusual. The Pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and Poland claims a 95% membership in it. Behavior and respect for this personage is high. I doubt that Pope John Paul II would have cared for the ban one way or another. The new Pope is probably of a similar mind. Similar restrictions exist everywhere. Muslim countries ban any alcohol at all times!
Travellers that can't miss a day without some have the option of buying whatever they need before the Pope arrives. The local ban is only inforce while he is in that local state.
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May 2nd, 2006, 01:31 PM
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If the Pope doesn't care, why is there a ban?
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May 2nd, 2006, 02:11 PM
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I thought maybe BYOB referred to "Bring Your Own (plan) B" - - but maybe that would only be if both the Pope and George Bush were going to be there.

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May 2nd, 2006, 02:31 PM
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If the Pope doesn't care, why is there a ban?

why do most states/counties ban alcohol sales on Sundays, at least until 12 or 1 pm and some for the whole day?
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May 12th, 2006, 11:31 AM
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Thanks for the warning! I will be in WAW 5/27-29 and while not an alcholic, I do occasionally like a glass of wine with dinner or a drink in the hotel bar before retiring (I'm at the Westin & Sheraton). I guess I'll have to just have to pick up a bottle of vino in duty free on the way over.
Does anyone know his schedule yet? Hotels in WAW still seem to be very available and fairly cheap that weekend. I'm paying around e74 a night for my hotels.
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That's really going to cut down on the Pope jokes. The worst one being: A lawyer, an Irishman and the Pope walk into a bar. Bartender says, "What is this, some kind of joke?"
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The Panzer don't care!
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