Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Chasing cormorants...

One of the most beautiful and significant Polish songs about Masuria ever, "Chasing cormorants" by Piotr Szczepanik. He sang in 1960s on passing Masurian holidays and going home... Sad day today, Gofer the dog chasing cormorants is very sick :(

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Smoke Free Olsztyn

Olsztyn, the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship's capital city goes more and more smoke-free. They're going to ban smoking in almost all public space places. That's a very good news, especially for families planning their next-year city breaks:

Monday, 26 September 2016

Sailors' Family

Looks like we're turning into some Masurian sailors' family, WOW :) Congrats to all our boys, little ones and grownups, for new big successes!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Runmageddon Gizycko

Runmageddon took place yesterday at Boyen Fortress in Gizycko. It's an OCR challenge you can't miss in Poland because they just: "create obstacles which are so challenging that almost nobody can overcome them alone". The nearest runmageddon in Masuria will be in summer, Elk 24-25th June 2017. Have a look at:

Friday, 23 September 2016

Masuria painted with goldenrod

Goldenrod somehow invaded Masuria. This plant came to us from abroad. Its life expression is very hard to deal with for local plants. But goldenrod is also a very useful herb and source of healthy food for animals. The fact, goldenrod makes clear blue and green landscapes of Masurian summer and autumn even more beautiful, is unquestionable.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Chestnuts from Masuria

There are chestnut trees still in a good condition somewhere in the world. Obviously it happens in Masuria. Probably too fresh air for the chestnut leaf miner destroying trees in London. Up to now kids in Poland take chestnuts home for school purposes. Today they play with PokemonGo® or AngryBirds®. But 20/30 years ago all we were creating our own creatures just with chestnuts.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Fruits of the early autumn in Masuria

Berries, pears, apples, plums - everything organic and dirt cheap! :) Going to Masuria in September means a lot of healthy smoothies later at home.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sacral Masuria

Masuria is really a multi-faith region. There are Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Judaists and Mormons. All the churches mostly are monumental buildings worth to see. One of them is Wojnowo and its neo-Gothic monastery built in the 19th century. Szestno can be proud of 15th century Gothic church with wooden 17th-century interior design you won't find in any other place in Masuria. Swieta Lipka is Polish nation-wide sanctuary, very similar to the well known Czestochowa. 18th century pilgrimage trail with white wayside shrines and pipe-organ concerts attract thousands of tourists in the summer. Such concerts take place also in one of the churches in Gizycko. Another church worth to be mentioned is 14th century St. George's collegiate in Ketrzyn. It looks much more like a citadel than a church.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Harvest Festival

"Harvest Festival" (Polish: Dożynki) of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship takes place today in Olsztynek. Moreover, there is also "Farmer Expo" in Olsztynek's open-air museum. Weather is still sunny, visitors enjoy not only tasty products of pure, local nature but also free admission and Polish TV cameras :)

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Sandwich for Masurian adventures

Nice breakfast, just before going out to Masuria. Kids sail in Gizycko area now. Due to the fact sailing is a pleasure, nobody under 12 usually has a time to waste the time for eating on board! ;) Something quick and healthy: boiled free-range egg and light mayo sandwich with fresh dill as well as Polish radish.