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Favorite thing: Jurgow looks very romantic in winter when snow covers everything but, if you visit it only then, you will miss the faerie of colours of the summer season. The village is situated on the edge of spruce forest, with glades and meadows where the locals used to graze their livestock. Now that only some cattle and sheep are left, the grass and shrubs grow high, nearly reaching the eaves of the huts of the Podokolne Glade.
As the river is so near, there is a lot of humidity, which makes the greenery exceptionally lush. If you go for a walk along the river, you will find many blackberries and raspberry bushes and an abundance of wild mountain flowers: pink, blue, white or yellow.
There are some very old trees and more flowers in the village itself, too. The housewives love to decorate their verandahs with hanging baskets and have at least a small flower garden in front of their house. They all make for a charming village where you can feel you are close to nature wherever you go.
Updated Jun 27, 2009
Favorite thing: As you approach Jurgow from the direction of Czarna Gora, on the right hand side of the road you will find these eight magnificent old trees growing together. They were planted like this to create shelter for a roadside shrine and are surrounded by a low wooden fence. The shrine is always decorated with flowers so somebody must be looking after it. The trees and the shrine have always been there ever since I remember and probably much longer than that. Whenever we hiked that way, they provided welcome shade from the hot mountain sun as we walked along the road towards the bus stop at Czarna Gora.
Updated May 14, 2009
Favorite thing: There are not many traditional wooden buildings left in Jurgow nowadays. When we hiked to the village from Bukowina in the seventies and eighties we walked along its streets, admiring the beautiful wooden houses with sloping roofs and ornamental carvings and flower pots on their first-floor verandahs. The old house in the first picture, which stood just opposite ours, is a good example of those, but it was spoilt a little during restoration work. It definitely is a house of a wealthy villager, the local mill-owner I think. Most houses in the village were smaller and built sideways to the road, with their gables facing the road, which can be seen in the third picture. The open verandahs enabled the owner's family to chat to their neighbours without the need to leave their house.
The houses represent the Spisz style, different from the Zakopane style of the Podhale region.
Updated May 13, 2009
Fondest memory: It would be nice if you could speak some Polish here as the local people are very friendly and eager to provide information on the area. We saw these three elderly ladies sitting outside a farm in Nowa Biala on our way to Niedzica. We wanted to see the church at Krempachy first but the road there was closed. The women told us the bridge across the Bialka was under repair so we would have to take a very roundabout way. They came up with a few ideas how to get there but in the end we gave up, thinking it would take too long and perhaps we will be staying in the area again. But the ladies were so nice that I decided to take a picture of them as they sit right by the main road in their village, chatting and people-watching, just as their mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers used to do in the days of old. Not everything has changed there yet.
Updated May 2, 2009