|The huge extent of this fortress at the strategic confluence of the Vistula and Narew Rivers about 30 kms from Warsaw|
The tour was delivered entirely in Polish.
|This aerial photograph gives some idea of the vast extent of Modlin Fortress. 140 sq. kms. including outlier bastions.|
The confluence of the Vistula and the Narew Rivers is clear
|Ian Booth in the 4.2 E-Type 2+2 crossing Poniatowski Bridge (MS)|
|Eugene Houx and Mathieu Spencer go through the Tunel Wislostrada in the MGC, the longest road tunnel in Poland at 900 metres (MS)|
|En route taken by Blazej Zulawski from the passenger seat of the Series 1 E-Type driven enthusiastically by his fair lady Kaja. |
In front we can see the Lukas Rzepecki Lotus Esprit S1 and the Eugene Houx MGC (BZ)
|Eugene Houx at the wheel of the MGC (MS)|
|Przemek's Ferrari 328 GTS and a glimpse of the Paul Ayre Triumph TR 6 taken from the Zulawski E-Type (BZ)|
|A great in period shot of glamorous Kaja at the wheel of the Series 1 E-Type (BZ)|
Some cars had not yet arrived (MM)
|Eugene Houx driving and Mathieu Spencer in the usable and practical MGC (BZ)|
|By this time Bill Flint had landed in his Jaguar X Type and Grzegorz Gratkowski in his 1994 Alfa 33 1.7 (MM)|
(BZ + MM)
And almost immediately we were in the true countryside with wild goats gambolling in the moat that lay beneath the track
Then to the approaches to the Russian powder magazine.
|Our guide Janina Bystrek with Karolina Kierzkowska and Lukasz Rzepecki listening closely (BZ)|
(MS) Very scary it was....
Some were tremendously well equipped for the punishing task set before them.
And then the bats began to flit about and some screamed in sheer terror....bats and humans
To take another walk, more ruins and more history...some weariness flitted across faces that were losing concentration
Andy Fincham's lovely Lotus Elan S2
'Who wants to look at stupid old buildings when you can play in the dirt!'
A truly lovely portrait of Paul Ayre's Triumph TR 6 in Poland (MS)
The formidable Tartar Tower at Modlin Fortress
The majestic view over the confluence of the Narew and Vistula Rivers from the Tartar Tower at Modlin with the ruins of the Napoleonic granary in the foreground.
The muddied waters are from the recent floods in the south of Poland
but of course transferred to Poland and the Vistula
Why cannot the authorities leave such things alone, reinforce the ruin and therefore slow or even halt the passage of time as is done in so many European countries. Venice for example.
Instead, everything poetic and spiritual in life, the national cultural heritage no less, is sacrificed to the golden calf of investment and the religion of economics
Michael Moran, our guide Janina Bystrek and two young 'students'
Michael Moran's 1975 RR Silver Shadow SRH18723
DO David O'Driscoll