Tatra mountains – from Grzes through Rakon to Volovec

It is 10 PM on Friday and packing to Tatra mountains is still on the way. You are making sandwiches. For many reasons sandwiches taste so much better at the top, where there is a silence, clean air and you know you did your best to deserve them. A thought is circling in your mind “Sleep, you will miss it so much tomorrow”. The trip starts from Krakow at 5:20 AM to arrive to Siwa Polana Parking at around 7:20 AM. On a way you pass a beautiful sunrise view behind snowy Tatras. The hike from Siwa Polana to Polana Chocholowska…

Polish Baltic seaside, where wind is strong and air is fresh

There is a place in Poland where strong wind blows, air is pollution-free and sea is super clean. Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia or commonly known as Tricity is a metropolitan area of Pomeranian region. Filled with maritime ebb, very much non Polish architecture shaped by number of merchants over time, and Polish Solidarity strong national patriotic vibe, Gdansk is one of the places you can easily find yourself enjoying on a very different levels. It is especially magical during winter time with Christmas market offering lots of childish fun and not so childish grzaniec (hot wine). Though be careful walking…

In love with Tatra mountains

One of the first winter walks this year in Polish Tatra mountains was nice and easy, can be easily made in up to 4 hours. Starting from Palenica Bialczanska parking, the blue path leads to Rusinowa Polana and subsequently green one to Gesia Szyja. Even though not as much seen as expected as weather decided to be quite moody, the walk, snow, peace and quiet was all worth it. Love Tatra mountains.

Winter and dwarfs in Wroclaw

City weekend away is always a good idea. For two days you manage to do all the “must sees”. Some of the merits any Polish city has to offer in winter are mulled wine, magical christmas market square and feeling of bliss when entering a cosy coffee place or resto after wandering around in low temperatures. What you probably would not get to see anywhere else than Wroclaw is how much dwarfs can take over the city. They are everywhere giving special artistic flavour to the city started as commemoration to anti-communist movement in Poland. Ostrow Tumski is not to be…

Reims – the city of surrender

Being born and raised for the first seventeen years of my life in a small village somewhere in Western Ukraine, I must admit I have slept through most of history classes. The names of the cities where major historical events took place did not make much difference to me. They were too abstract, they were too far, almost like in a different universe. Never could I have imagined back then that I would one day be able to travel and experience the world. As such only a few days before our trip to Paris and Reims for pre-Christmas celebration I…

The Streets and Views of Milano

This time it took me over a month to actually pull myself together and share the view of Milano. I have heard a lot before going there for a weekend, mostly the comments were along the lines “nothing worth to see”. Well… I respectfully disagree. Duomo di Milano in the weather we have had was just spectacular. You will need to wait in a queue for some 40 minutes, but eventually when you get there the view is worth a wait. Piazza Gae Aplenti is a really impressive modern square to walk around in the evening and it can be a pleasant stroll after a…

Venice “behind the mask”

Italy attracts for it’s beauty so much european. Through not tourist-friendly (why would they be if tourists are flooding to Venice so much danger is it can finally sink in?), Italians love their country and tourists love Italy. But somehow there is a hate-hate relations between locals and tourists no matter how interdependent they are. Venice stroke us during the first hour being there. Literally. The stroke was hard, ie. my nose against the spotless glass door of the hotel we were staying in. The next hour or two we spent browsing on Internet all about symptoms of nose breaking,…