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    The Black Stork - birdwatching

    by eMGeographer Updated Jun 3, 2014

    That is a real 'off the beaten path' ;) The black stork is a real treat for the birdwatching lovers. Why? This bird is one of the rarest representatives of the quite popular in Europe stork family. Unlike his brother – the white stork, it keeps off human settlements.

    Its name comes from the colour of plumage which is mainly black with a green and violet sheen, except for the white 'bottom'. Legs and bill has strong red colour.

    The stork inhabits wetlands – it builds nests on strong and big trees in the vicinity of lakes and swamps. The nest can weight even 1000 kilograms!

    The picture above was taken in the Podhale region, next to our house;) Around the Tatras, on both the Polish and Slovak side you can watch these beautiful and rare birds. There are some places where you can meet them regulary.

    The Black Stork The Black Stork
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    Storks

    by eMGeographer Written May 30, 2014

    Storks are very popular in Poland. They come here after the winter time and leave us in autumn. Sometimes you can observe them walking through fields (like we saw), flying or sitting in the nest. We even have such a belief in Poland that if the first stork you see in the spring time is flying you will be travelling much that year. When you see it in the nest you will rather stay at home. But what if the stork is walking? It foretells lots of hiking or Nordic walking? ;)

    In the Tatra Mountains (next to our home) we can also meet a black stork. It is quite rare and not so social, I mean it leves in a distance from the built environment among trees and bushes. I had a great chance to see it for the first time this year.

    Those photos were taken at 6 AM on the foothills of the Pieniny Mountains ;)

    Storks Storks Storks
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    Świnoujście

    by ant1606 Updated Sep 8, 2011

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    Formerly Swinemünde (Swine river mouth), it sits in the only Polish-soil in the eastern part of the Baltic island of Uznam (Usedom in German). Not much of a difference these days, as the two countries are only separated by a line of different color marked on the paved coastal walkway. As of August 2011 the border area was being renovated and we cycled through it from Germany almost without noticing, when a look to both sides revealed a wide sandy ditch. Beyond this point it takes to read signs to realize the change of territory. It took me some exercise before I could decently pronounce Świnoujście. The Świna river is the only barrier to Poland's mainland - actually Wolin island - which is connected by free-of-charge ferries scheduled every 20 minutes - during daytime at least. The city center doesn't have much to offer but plenty of bars, cafe and restaurants can be found in the seashore part of town (Dzielnica Nadmorska). General pricing is lower than in Germany albeit progressively catching up. Fine sand, wind and cold water are shared with neighboring Germany while food is somehow different. A few restaurants were offering salmon and pangasius which, typical in the Mekong river, is certainly not a local catch. When refusing offers from food "pushers" we had been invited but declined to join dancing sessions to the sound of local music.
    We stayed at a hotel where neither English nor German (!!!) were spoken. The hotel's restaurant menu was in Polish only - without pictures - to the effect of letting us go in search of something that we could understand. Strange enough for a place hosting a bounty of summer vacationers in what is claimed to be the widest beach in all of Poland.

    Świnoujście - Ferry across the Świna river Front end in Poland, rear end still in Germany
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    Stolowé Gory

    by Zroutik.wz.cz Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Stolowe mountains are situated in middle Sudeten. There is a rocky city Szczeliniec Wielki (919) with nice land view and interesting rocks.Next to is Bledne skaly rock mazes, what is funny part for children.Both areas are good for relax on fresh air with your family, and next advantage is that it is to cheap. Great ignitial point is Karlów, small village between Kudowa Zdroj and Radkow. For more and better information visit original website or my web with some photos

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    Wielkopolski Park Etnograficzny

    by zaffaran Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Definitely worth visiting. It is an open-air museum which has many types of local architecure and shows how diversified the local society was.(I didn't know that so many Dutch settlers used to live in the area!Maybe that explains why there are so many windmills there!)
    To get there you must turn left while driving along E 261 from Poznan to Gniezno ( towards Dziekanowice-there are road signs)

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    Hike the Poland/Slovakia border in the Tatras

    by loutzenhiser Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Zakopane is a small mountain resort town south of Krakow that is definitely worth a visit. The town is mostly used by vacationing Poles, and when I was there I think I was the only foreign tourist. The town is charming, with a long main street that has traditional wooden mountain architecture. Off the main streets there are still traditional farms with charming haystacks and cows and goats. A healthly walk from the town is a cable car that will take you high up into the Tatras, allowing you to hike along the Polish\Slovakian border viewing beautiful and unusual mountain landscapes and mountain lakes.

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    Fantastic castles and palaces

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Over the centuries, Polish kings and magnates erected numerous defensive castles and stately palaces. Turbulent history has reduced many of them into piles of rubble. Some of them, however, have been spared and today - carefully restored - enchant us with their beauty.

    At present, some of these buildings house government offices, colleges, etc. Others serve as museums.
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    Polish castles
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    a tiny little village

    by margaretvn Updated Jul 4, 2010

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    Zelazowa Wola is a tiny little village but is known in the Musical world because it is the birthplace of Chopin. The house where he was born is surrounded by a beautiful park with lots of shady places to sit and listen to the wonderful music of Chopin which is played through loud speakers. The music is not so loud just pleasing to listen to. The house itself is very empty with a couple of pictures and a paino they think Chopin could have played on. Of course during the last war so much of Polands heritage was destroyed by the German invaders and this is certainly true with Chopins belongings.
    The Chopin family moved from Zelazowa Wola to Warsaw in 1810 and of course Fryderyk Chopin lived in (and died) in Paris for a long time.
    In the park there are 4 Chopin monuments. There is a cafe and a restaurant and a nice little gift shop. In the gift shop is a plaster cast of chopin's hand and what is so amazing is how small it is. My hands are small but his were even smaller. Opposite the park is a paid parking area but remember it does get very busy on sundays. But sunday is still the best day to visit because since 1954 concerts have been held in the park.

    The house where Chopin was born The house where Chopin was born Chopin monument in Zelazowa Wola Chopin monument in Zelazowa Wola Chopin monument in Zelazowa Wola
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    Jezioro Paprocanskie - the lake

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Jezioro Paprocanskie in Polish language means Paprocany Lake. It's located south of my hometown Tychy.
    It's a popular place for fishing, swimmming, enjoying sun and open-air concerts of various famous bands. Every summer the big rock festival takes place here.
    MORE: welcome to my Jezioro Paprocanskie page.

    Paprocanskie Lake
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    TYCHY - my hometown

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Why visit Tychy?
    Do you want the whole list? - look at my Tychy page.
    Here top 5:
    1. The oldest in Poland brewery which has been continuously operating since 1629. (TYSKIE is one of the Top 10 beer brands in Europe);
    2. Paprocanskie Lake;
    3. Many great historical monuments;
    4. One of the best hotels (and restaurant) in Poland located in the forest at the bank of paprocanskie Lake in old Hunter's Manor;
    5. Me hahaha :-).
    MORE: welcome to my Tychy page.

    The old coopers in Ksiazecy (Prince) Brewery
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    Paprocka Steel Works

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    It's completely off the beaten path place. I'm sure that no foreigner visit it yet.
    It's located in old Paprocany district of my hometown Tychy.
    Paprocka Steel Works was established in Paprocany in 18th century. Until 1878 in excavated and processed iron ores. A heading left by the plant was flooded by the Gostynka river to form Lake Paprocanskie. Currently, the former steel works buildings are owned by the city and are testimony to the early industrial activity in the area - there is small museum here, just nothing but if you love nowhere...
    MORE: in my Paprocka Huta page (Paprocka Hute means Paprocka Steel Works).

    Paprocka Steel Factory - window grating
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    Wisla - mountain resort

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Wisla is a small city with numerous settlements located along valleys. It's located in south Poland very close to Czech border.
    Good place for skiing.
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    Wisla is best known as a birthpace and residence city of the best in the world ski jumper Adam Malysz : Ski Jump World Cup winner in season 2000/2001 and 2001/2002.
    Malysz was 1st in normall hill and 2nd in large hill in World Ski Championships in Lahti in 2001. He won silver (large hill) and bronze (normal hill) medals in Winter Olympic Games in Salt lake City in 2002.
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    MORE: welcome to my Wisla page.
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    Panorama of Wisla
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    Pszczyna castle

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    There is one of the best preserved in Poland castle with beautiful park complex in Pszczyna.
    The Castle Museum in Pszczyna is one of the most frequently visited museums-residences in Poland. Every year, the castle attracts over 100 thousand tourists. Why?
    Because of the very well maintained interiors of the castle.
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    MORE: welcome to my Pszczyna page.
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    This black lion is the guard of Pszczyna castle
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    The Carpathians - Tatras/Tatry mountains

    by Elodie_Caroline Updated Feb 20, 2010

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    I once had a weird and beautiful dream when I was in my twenties, and in this dream I just 'knew' that I was in the Carpathian mountains, not so strange really, as my forefathers are from Eastern Europe I suppose?

    In my dream it was a cold Winter's late afternoon, the only colours I could see were a vivid electric blue, ice white, various whites greys and black, but it was beautiful!
    I was in an old Gothic graveyard on the top edge of a mountain. All I could see were the beautiful old gravestones, thick pure white snow all around on the ground, and there were black ornate wrought iron railings ro stop you going over the edge of the mountain. The sky was the most amazing electric blue that I had ever seen in my life!
    I just 'know' that this is in the Carpathians and I wonder if anyone can ever tell me where my dream actually took place?

    I looked up on the net and found out that the Tatras mountains go along the borders in Slovakia & Poland, and are actually the largest range of mountains of the Carpathians!
    Now try and tell me that we didn't live in lives before this one now.

    The Carpathians - Tatras/Tatry mountains
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    Poland a paradise for hiking

    by piosku67 Updated Dec 31, 2009

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    If you are a hiker you can make hundreds of kilometres on foot. Bory Tucholskie, Warmia, Kasubian and other northern area I recommend as an excellent place for hiking, biking, walking and sightseeing.

    tiny chapel in Warmia
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