Pszczyna is located only 20 km (12 mi) away from Tychy where the oldest Polish brewery (est. 1629) produces one of top 10 European beer brand (in consumption) called TYSKIE beer.
But Pszczyna seems not to be Tyskie beer kingdom. They advertize and drink another Polish beer there: OKOCIM, at least in Frykówka restaurant.
These are a true ornament of the woods in Pszczyna, to which they were introduced by Jan Henryk XI von Hochberg in 1865. They were there to aggrandise the hunts which were organised for the royal heads of all Europe. Kaiser Wilhelm II paid frequent visits to these meetings.
In the "Zubrowisko" reserve in Jankowice, with its area of 742 ha, live about 30 bison. The Pszczyna line of bison is regarded as one of the most important with regard to the genetic value of those raised here. Pszczyna bison played an important part in the reconstruction of the herd in the Bialowieski Park.
I think that you may say that bison is a sign of Pszczyna Region. It is connected to its history and contemporary times. And you may find bisons even on walls of the houses...
Self - governments in Poland usually organise some possibility to practice sport, not only during winter, but also in other seasons. However, during winter lots of cities and towns make ice rinks for people. They are often located, like in Pszczyna, in the center, on the main market square.
They usually show what credit cards are accepted at doors or windows of restaurants/stores - look at Fryk?wka Restaurant window on my picture: Visa, Visa Electron, Eurocard/Mastercard, Diner's Club and American Express are accepted there.
Tipping is not obligatory but appreciated in restaurants - approx. 10% - 15% is enough if you are satisfied about food and service.
Approx. 90 -95 % of Poland's citizens declare to be Roman Catholic. But not in Pszczyna.
Here there are Roman Catholics and Evengelics living together in peace for many years. No wonder that two main churches of Pszczyna old town: Roman Catholic and Evangelic are located almost one by one.
Silesian region including city of Pszczyna offers its own food. Potatoes are often grilled there. I mean they are boiled first, then cut into a few smaller pieces, wrapped up in aluminium foil and grilled on a grill or put in an oven for a little. Yummy :-)
Apart from holy masses, concerts take place inside evangelical church as you can see on my picture.
Haha, we were very lucky with Fernando (darthmilmo) to see and hear world famous Polish folklore band Slask (Silesia) inside evangelical church. There were no dances but impressive songs sang in amazing interior of great acoustic there. And what an applause of numerous spectators then.
It's not only Pszczyna custom but it seems that people there put colorful flowers in their windows quite often. At least more often than in my hometown Tychy - only 20 km (12 mi) away.
Anyway, it's always nice to look at them.
Kwaszaki (pronaunced: kva - scha - kee) is a local Pszczyna name for... look at my picture. There are sour cucumbers served there, in Frykówka Restaurant. Not my favourite dish but... quite eatable hehe.
I have never heard that exotic word "kwaszaki" anywhere else in Poland.
Pszczyna and my hometown Tychy are located in the region called Silesia or to be more exact Upper Silesia. This region has its own culture (other than you can find in Krakow which belongs to Galizia or Malopolska = Little Poland) although after WWII population of this region was largely mixed.
Silesia belonged to Poland and Germany whereas Krakow belonged to Poland and Austria in the past.
Silesian natives seem to work very hard (perfectionists, I could say), to be deeply religious and patriotic. They try to realize motto written on old military banners: God, Honour and Fatherland. They do respect other hard working people a lot, they love right order - look at their never neglected yards. Hmm... not so many traditional people survived there. And new generations seem to be different.
Silesia including city of Pszczyna offers its own unique food. Silesian noodles are one of the most common examples of local, Silesian food.
Hmm... they are called noodles (made of water and flour plus sometimes eggs) in Pszczyna (Frykówka Restaurant) but they are NOT noodles, in real. They are potatoes: cut in globe shape and boiled then coated in bread-crumbs and fried a little on a pan. Yummy :-).
They serve Polish sour rye soup in a loaf of bread in Restaurant Frykówka in Pszczyna. The soup tastes delicious. But nothing compare to Pszczyna bread.
So, consumers used to eat soup with a spoon and soup plate = bread with their hands. Including famous VT-er Kathy (Kodi01) :-)))
World-wide custom now?
I think this is a custom in many places, but it sure adds beauty outside from the streets to see the flowers from the window sills.