Poland Off The Beaten Path

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Poland Off The Beaten Path

  • Buildings, streets...

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    This kiosk with newspapers adjacent to Church of the Holy Spirit (Paulite Church) in the New City is the smallest house in Warsaw. Local law says that only seperate houses have own numbers and this tiny structure has its own number: ul. Dluga 1 (1 Long Street). Let me add the other, more cosmopolitan, Warsaw curiosities: 1. There are twenty towns...

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  • Monuments

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    Walking around the Three Crosses Square (Plac Trzech Krzyzy) I found in its eastern part the bust signed: "For Rev. Jakub Falkowski (1t75 - 1845), a founder of the Institiute for the Deaf, grateful deaf and their friends." Falkowski was a parish priest of St. Alexander's Church. The name "deaf" instead of hearing- and speech-Impaired is still used...

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  • Gardens

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    In nothern side of the viewpoint terrace in the Rydz-Smigly Park there is the gate in my picture with inscription "Ogrodki Teatralne" which means the courtyard theatres. There is a pub/restaurant with a stage behind the gate in so-called the Frascati Gardens (Ogrody Frascati). Various both private and state-owned theatre groups from both Poland...

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  • Kabaty Forest

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    Just get to the metro train and go all the way to the very last station Kabaty. Getting out, pass Tesco mall and go straight. You'll easily get to the Kabaty Forest. Great place for walking, biking or just lying on the grass at the hidden glade between the trees.

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  • Jewish Life

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    As Jewish people and culture strongly influenced the life of pre-WWII Warsaw it is important to mourn the victims and attrocities they faced from German nazis together with the rest of Warsaw and its inhabitants. As much as not a lot of Jewish Warsaw, which was so interesting and lively when described by IB Singer, remained there are still places...

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  • Churches

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    It's not easy to introduce our church, because our church is not fundamentally a building or a set of programs. Our church is people — a community with a shared vision and a shared faith in Jesus Christ. We could describe International Christian Fellowship as a community of upward-looking people and forward-looking people. If you were to visit us,...

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  • Old Town

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    If you like old small and medium-size clocks, other precise devices and jewelry it's place for you. There are masterpieces of old masters and those who wanted to achieve a title of master in engraving or gold smithsery which, I see, was not that simple in the past. The oldest items date back to 16th century. The exposition is free of charge and...

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  • Warsaw's Districts

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    In and around the old Stadium Dziesieciolecia (Tenth-Anniversary Stadium) one of the largest outdoor markets in Europe can be found. It is also often referred to as "Russian Market". The market consists of numerous traders, mainly immigrants, selling all kinds of things from Soviet bric-a-brac, rifles, vodka, pirate CDs and DVDs to perfume and...

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  • Wilanow

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    The Wilanow Park forms an integral part of the Wilanow Palace and Gardens. Perfect for a pleasant walk, it is a destination of choice for Varsovians seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. My best season to walk there is autumn. Have a look at my pictures from this season.:)

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  • Memories from 1974

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    Lala is my beautiful doll from Warsaw, which I bought on our first trip to Poland in 1974. Lala is a favorite in my collection. It may be commonplace to people who see them every day in the shops, but she's very special to me.

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  • Pawiak

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    On the city of Warsaw you will also find Pawiak. Before the WW II it was a prison but when the WW II started Nazis made Pawiak as their head sqaud. When war ended it was destroyed but now days there is a museum. Museum tells the stories of extermination Camps. Very touching place. You are able to see the notes and gifts which prisoners made for...

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  • Zoological Garden

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    The Warsaw Zoo (in Praga district , just opposite the Old Town) is certainly a great place to spend a warm summer afternoon! The point is not only to see the animals, but also the beautiful park with well kept flower -beds and nice ponds. The Zoo may pride itself on fairly large number of animals as well, even quite rare ones. One of the things...

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  • Zelazowa Wola

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    Zelazowa Wola is situated on the edge of Poland's Kampinos National Park and is the birthplace of Cjopin. Explore Zelazowa Wola's enchanting woods or take a visit to Kampinos National Park. Nearest station: Sochaczew. Take the bus from the station to Zelazowa Wola.

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  • Maria Sklodowska-Curie

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    Maria Sklodowska-Curie during 1927 Conference in Brussel. The Society in Tribute to Maria Sklodowska-Curie occupies a building on ul. Wawelska 15. The society's main goal is to preserve her memory and accomplishments. Also, the organization stresses her polish origins as it is often forgotten that she was in fact Polish (since she used her French...

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  • Zegrzynski Reservoir

    Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

    Zalew Zegrzynski - Zegrzynski Reservoir - a great place for watersports, walking, fishing and sunbathing - just 20 kilometers north of the city. Two huge rivers - Narew and Bug - bring their waters there.

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  • The Black Stork - birdwatching

    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...

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  • Storks

    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...

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  • Świnoujście

    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...

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  • Stolowé Gory

    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...

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  • Wielkopolski Park Etnograficzny

    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...

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  • Hike the Poland/Slovakia border in the...

    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...

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  • Fantastic castles and palaces

    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....

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  • a tiny little village

    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...

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  • Jezioro Paprocanskie - the lake

    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.

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  • TYCHY - my hometown

    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...

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  • Paprocka Steel Works

    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....

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  • Wisla - mountain resort

    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..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...

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  • Pszczyna castle

    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..MORE: welcome to my Pszczyna page..

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  • Wildlife in Sopotnia Wielka in Beskidy...

    The vast wooded areas close to Sopotnia Wielka are inhabited by numerous species of wild animals: deer, roe-deer, wild boars, wolves, lynx and wildcats.MORE in my Sopotnia Wielka page.

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  • The Carpathians - Tatras/Tatry mountains

    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...

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  • Poland a paradise for hiking

    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.

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  • The Church of Corpus Christi in Krakow

    Koœció³ Bo¿ego Cia³a, the Church of Corpus Christi, is a fine Gothic church located in Krakow's Kazimierz district. This part of the city, though historically important, does not receive the masses of tourist that the Stare Miasto does. Hence the Church of Corpus Christigoes largely unnoticed by foreigner tourists. In fact the only people inside of...

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  • The city of Niepolomice

    Niepolomice is a small city in southern Poland. There is a beautiful church there, an restored palace, and a gothic hunting castle nearby as well. I visited the city because my friend got married here in the church, which had to be one of the most beautiful churches I'd ever seen, and her reception was held in the restored castle. The town might be...

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  • Mazury- Swieta Lipka

    Swieta Lipka is a must when you are in Mazury. This small village is important because of two reasons -religious (St. Mary's sanctuary) and because it has one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Poland. It's also famous for its 18th century organs - in summer organ concerts are held.To get to Swieta Lipka you must follow road No 594 from...

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  • St. John's Cathedral in Warsaw

    St. John's Cathedral is the first religious building that I visited in Poland. It is a rather sad place for it seems to have lost much of its grandeur that it probably had before the destruction of Warsaw's old town during World War II. It has since been restored but largely neglected just the same by the Communist government. Hence the interior is...

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  • Bridges in Zulawy

    Zulawy is a flat area which is crossed by rivers and canals. When you are there be careful about Tujsk and Rybina- there are two bascule bridges and it may occur that while driving you'll be waiting there. If you have a ride by a narrow-gauge train from Stegna to Nowy Dwor Gdanski you'll see a unique swing bridge for for those trains.In the pic on...

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  • Mennonite remains

    I definitely advise you to explore Zulawy - the area east of Gdansk while driving from Gdansk to Mazury or Warsaw. It will not take you much time, just drive a little bit off the beaten path to see the remains of hardworking and deeply faithful Mennonites who came there in searching peace and freedom. Just visit Drewnica, Zulawki, Lubieszewo or...

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  • Radzyn Chelminski-another teutonic...

    If you have a car you can have a very interesting trip visiting teutonic castles along the Wisla. One of them is Radzyn Chelminski, then Kwidzyn, Gniew, Sztum and of course Malbork for the dessert.The castle in Radzyn was built in 13th/14th century, you can visit the ruins and climb up one of the towers. Warning!Very little space on the top of the...

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  • A unique aqueduct.

    A 19th century aqueduct built to cross two streams (one natural and one artificial) - one over another. Not many guide-books mention this place as it't hidden deeply in Bory Tucholskie - a forest area south-western off Gdansk and Gdynia. Unfortunately- accessible only by car- from road No 22in Czersk turn left into road No 237 to Tuchola. After...

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  • Dynow-sleepy but nice!

    Poland is full of places "off the beaten path" in which time flows slowly. Dynow is one of such places. A very nice spot when you drive from Bieszczady to central Poland. What I really recommend is to drive not only along main roads but choose side ones. Going from Sanok to Rzeszow in Grabownica Starzenska turn right into road No 835 to Dynow ,...

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  • Shrine on the road to...

    This shrine was on the road to Pajezsno...which is a little town just north of Czestochowa. This was one of the more elaborate shrines I photographed. The image of the woman with her bicycle and the shrine and the sky are so "everyday Poland" to me.One day I'd like to photograph all the shrines around the roadways in Poland and create a little...

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  • PAJEZSNO ~ People helping people

    Pajezsno was an interesting experience in our tour thru Poland in search for my ancestors. I "met" Romek on line thru Ancestry.com... same as Gosia, our guide. Romek, (tall high school student at left of photo) built his own computer...welcomed us to his town...introduced us to his mother (center of photo) - who worked at the town hall. His...

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  • Be watchful!

    In Poland I always recommend driving along side roads.I agree, their quality is not very good, but they are quite empty and you can pay more attention to surroundings. One thing which is very cute is that in Poland you can see numerous stork nestles and birds themselves as Poland is called their homeland.

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  • Summer trip up Mount Giewont - early...

    Attempted Zakopanes Holy Mountain but summer snow showers sent me scurrying back to the Chata for hot coffee !!!

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  • Pultusk

    Pultusk is one of the oldest towns of the Mazowsze region. Pultusk was probably first founded in 1257, but the documentary evidence preserved allows to trace its foundation back to the 1339 year. Each time the invincible town was restored to life. As a result, tourists today can admire its beautiful historical monuments and unique nature. A history...

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