Western Tatras – Czerwone Wierchy this wintertime

During the first days of spring it goes without saying that this winter has been somewhat magical. Discovering something you never knew you might like so much is quite exciting. The route this weekend was demanding, the best one so far and probably the last one done this winter. Although distance-wise it was very reasonable, only circa 16 km long, with the route chosen the climb started immediately, no time to get used to or to adjust the tempo. Heading from Kiry through a black route, the turn was taken to a red and at Przysłop Mietusi ultimately changed to a…

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.

Exploring Poland in Kashubia region

Consisting of many lakes and natural parks, Kashubia (Kaszuby) region in Poland is one of those places where you will manage to completely escape busy city life. With its own distinct culture and language, Kashubia has been on and off under Polish and German influence but manage to preserve its uniqueness. The region is stretching as far as 100km southwest of Gdańsk. Once there you would be surprised by the natural beauty. It is sometimes called Poland’s little Switzerland. Bory Tucholskie National Park can serve as an ideal scenery for a fantasy movie the likes of Lord of the Rings….

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…

Nature calling to Ojców National Park

Not far from Krakow, Lesser Voivodeship, just some some 17 km away lies a beautiful and the smallest national park in Poland. Its one of those places that people go to when they are forced as kids for a school trip, but forget to visit later when grow up. It is a shame as the place is so close and so beautiful that if I had not been here in the weather I had last weekend, I would have considered my weekend wasted. There are a few walking tours (red, blue, yellow, green and black), depending how early you get to…