Poland IV.: Gdańsk

I saved my favourite Polish town for last. Why is Gdansk my favourite? It’s because I’m quite obsessed with towns that has a seaside. I only saw seas 4 times in my whole life (in Italy, in Spain, in Slovenia and in Poland), so whenever I’m around them, I try to enjoy every second of it. At the end of a long sightseeing day I like sitting back and just stare at the sea. It makes me wonder and peaceful. And of course, I’m shelling! (Yes, I even have my own word for my never ending love for shell hunting!)

Here are the top 10 attractions of Gdansk:

  1. Old Town
  2. Sopot
  3. Piwna Street
  4. Jelitkowo Beach
  5. European Solidarity Center
  6. Museum of the Second World War
  7. Neptun’s Fountain
  8. St. Catherine’s Church
  9. Amber Sky Gdansk
  10. Gdansk Glowny Railway Station

 

Poland III.: Wrocław

Since the 10th century Wroclaw has always been a market town. With an interesting and thrilling background, it became a Polish cultural center. Divided by River Odera, Wroclaw is the fourth biggest city in Poland. Fun fact: Nobel Prize winner Paul Ehrlich went to high school and university here.

Here are the top 10 attractions of Wroclaw:

  1. Rynek
  2. Little dwarf statues (There are 350 of them!)
  3. Old Town
  4. Town Hall
  5. National Museum
  6. Cathedral Island
  7. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  8. Multimedia Fountain
  9. Wroclaw University Museum
  10. Jatki

Poland II.: Kraków

Kraków got his name from Krak Monarch and was first mentioned in script in 966. Its population is the second biggest in Poland. It was the capital until 1795, then Warsawa took its throne for ever. But Kraków has its revenge, because it’s more historical and let’s say it out loud: more prettier, than Warsawa, so it’s more popular among foreigners.

Here are the top 10 attractions of Kraków you should definitely visit:

  1. Wawel Cathedral and Royal Castle (That is the place where Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine painting can be found.)
  2. Smocza Jama (Dragon’s Cave)
  3. Old Town+Main Market Square with Sukiennice+ Church of the Virgin Mary+Adam Mickiewicz Monument+Eros Bound (These are basically at the same place.)
  4. Oskar Schindler’ Factory
  5. Kazimierz (Jewish District)
  6. Ghetto Heroes Square
  7. Jagiellonian University
  8. Barbakan
  9. Church of St. Andrew
  10. Royal Chamber Orchestra

+ Bus tours to Wieliczka Salt Mine or Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

Poland I.: Katowice

Founded in the 16th century, for a long time Katowice was famous for its great quality coal mines. In the past 15-20 years, the city has been through major changes and now is the biggest city of Silesia county. Its population reached 303 000 and has great relationship with cities like Köln (Germany), Groningen (Netherlands) and Miskolc (Hungary). It even has a well equipped medical university, that’s how I got there last year.

Here are the top 10 attractions I truly recommend you to see in Katowice:

  1. Silesian Museum
  2. Katowice Museum
  3. Nikiszowiec
  4. Spodek
  5. Silesian Theatre
  6. Silesia Park (Rosarium and Zoo)
  7. Kosciuszko Park
  8. St. Stephen’s Church
  9. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  10. Mariacka Street

15 things I learnt about Poland

Last year I spent July in Poland, more specifically in Katowice with IFMSA internship. In addition, all foreign students went on trips on every weekend. To Kraków, Wroclaw and Gdansk. It was one of the best times of my life, and I cherish all the memories I have.

Here are some things I learnt about this beautiful country during my stay there.

  1. Poland in more than 3 times bigger than Hungary. Its surface is 312 000 square kilometres while Hungary’s is 93 000 square kilometres.
  2. It is surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Kaliningrad and the Baltic Sea.
  3. The Kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025.
  4. Polish weather is unpredictable. We can state, that it is almost 10 degrees less in the summer than in Hungary with random surprising rains. (Today it’s 23 degrees in Warsaw, for example.) So prepare warmer clothes, even you are travelling there in the summer.
  5. Although Poland’s capital is Warsaw since 1596, the former capital, Kraków is more popular among tourists. Kraków has been the city of kings, and even Polish people say you should rather choose to visit it over Warsaw.
  6. Therefore, Kraków is a bit crowded all through the year.
  7. Polish people are really kind and they like having guests.
  8. Polish and Hungarian people has a special bond. As the proverb says: Polak, Węgier — dwa bratanki,i do szabli, i do szklanki. Which means, Pole and Hungarian, two brothers, fight and drink wine together. This friendship dates back to the Middle Ages. The two nations had mutual kings, like Louis the Great. March 23rd is Hungarian-Polish Friendship Day in both countries.
  9. Hungarian and Polish folk embroidery has many similarities.
  10. All Polish cities are well reserved and very clean.
  11. Both local and intercity transportation facilities are well equipped.
  12. Polish dishes often contain pork and cabbage. Usually in the same dish.
  13. Their most famous traditional dish is pierogi, which is basically a dumpling that can be filled with almost everything and can be eaten appetizer, main course and dessert as well. During my one month in Poland, I ate pierogis filled with pork, cabbage, cottage cheese, salmon, spinach and peach.
  14. The best Polish street food is definitely zapiekanka, which is a hot sandwich made of a long baguette. It exists in many forms, but my favourite was the one with mushrooms, pickles, ham and cheese.
  15. Their national alcohol is vodka.

The first 40 countries my site had visitors from

I’m really excited to announce that my site has been visited from 40 countries from all over the world since I restarted it.

These past months have been truly amazing and I’m really grateful so many people showed interest in my photos.

I always wonder about the people checking my website. What are they like? How old are they? But I’m sure, that we all share the passion for photography and travelling. And that binds us together.

And an other thing that always comes to my mind is: how cool it would be to visit all these places.

Thank you all for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day! And of course, bon voyage! 😉

 

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Lavender Days in Szeged

The fourth annual Lavender Days were held in July in Szeged. With programs for people of all age, a lot of people gathered in the Botanical Garden.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is usually used for its volatile oil, but soothing tea, moth repellant and spices can also be made of it.

I personally adore the scent of lavender and I really enjoyed walking among the pretty vintage-themed panels.

Here is a short photo essay of that day: