Tuesday, 31 May 2016

London - Stansted - Olsztyn - Mazury



Another great flying news: Ryanair, the biggest low-cost airline in the European Union, will offer a new connection between London-Stansted and Olsztyn-Mazury in November this year: PR...

Monday, 30 May 2016

Heaven of Sailing



Masuria has one of the biggest sailing trails in the European Union. The trail of the Great Masurian Lakes is almost 100 miles long and leads you from the Lake Mamry in northern Masuria towards the Lake Nidzkie in southern Masuria. You'll fall in love with all those lakes with plenty of colourful sails in the summer. Sunsets in Masuria are breathtaking. Not only sailors like them much. Also people fond of pure, Made-in-Europe nature always return to Masuria. One of the most famous Polish poets - Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski, wrote beautiful words on Masuria that are being sung now: YouTube

Aurhor: Maria Olszowska, Mragowo 2016

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Masurian Brussels



No other place in the world, similar to the spring Masurian daisy-meadow, than parks in Brussels!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Bialowieza Forest



One of the biggest and most important forests in the European Union is located in the Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland. Bialowieza Forest is Polish national park famous for European bisons, huge elks, enormous oaks and many many more living creatures you can't watch live in other parts of the EU. Have a look at this footage to catch the beauty of the closest Masuria's neighbour: Fb...

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Masurian spaghetti



Quick dinner recipe everyone must try at home having returned with plenty of smoked fish from Masuria :) Masurian spaghetti made with warm eel, fresh parsley and a lot of sour cream on top. Enjoy with a glass of dry white wine. Kids always enjoing such dinner with lemon and ice sparkling water.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Glacier of Masuria



The beauty of Masuria comes from ancient times - when all the country was covered by a glacier. Some change of climate made it melted and left over 4k clear-water lakes and many thousands of green-grass hills in northern Poland. There are also big beautiful forests and almost nowhere ending fields of pure nature over there. This diversity of nature makes Masuria not only the lungs of Poland but also lungs of Europe. Come and enjoy, real fresh air totally free & it's the EU!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Mragowo 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Discover EU...



1mth to go... Why #UK's Gov says #BREXIT is #DIY disaster instead of showing ppl how cool is #EU? 8-0 @eucopresident

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Easy Masurian



Simple, very simple lunch today in Warsaw. The one we know very well from Masuria, when kids play outdoor and never have much time to eat. Stone-baked potatoes with fresh dill and very light sour cream. Quick, easy and gluten free :)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Cittaslow Lubawa



Cittaslow Festival is taking place now in Lubawa, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship: Lubawa.pl This small Polish town has been a member of the global Cittaslow network since 2012. During Lubawa's event visitors can taste local food and drinks, buy unique handmade art and craft, enjoy music and dance show. There will be a football match too: Lubawa vs. Cittaslow at 14:00 BST. It looks like a very nice intro before watching today's FA Cup final at Wembley: Man United vs. Crystal Palace :)

Friday, 20 May 2016

Masurian Cabaret



The best of Masurian Cabaret Night returns to Polish TV channels. It means this year event coming soon. It'll take place on 9th July 2016. Undoubtedly, it's much better to watch it live at Mragowo's Amphitheatre by the beautiful Lake Czos. But watching TV, especially with your family and friends makes also fun (if they are familiar with Polish sense of humour). We are still laughing out loud after last weekend spent together in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Masurian Pyramids



Proven method for kids when they don't want to eat breakfast but prefer to play outdoor: Masurian Pyramids. Stone-baked bread-rolls, fresh butter, cottage cheese and tomato making everything looking like a pyramid on the plate. Who doesn't want to be a treasure hunter these days? Works! :)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Beautiful birds in Masuria




White stork, great cormorant and common crane visit Polish Lake District every year. Reasons for their never ending returns to Masuria are great conditions for nesting and feeding the offspring. All birds make Masurian landscapes so unique in summer!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Mragowo 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

Heathrow - Masuria



Undoubtedly, regular flights from the London-Heathrow to the Olsztyn-Mazury will be the most visible part of future Masuria's success on the travel market in the EU. Hard to believe it's possible now but also Rome wasn't built in a day! :)

Sunday, 15 May 2016

English cat in Masuria



Here we go: our Balbina, the British Shorthair, coming to Masuria soon :) How about you, Britons? Cats know very well what's niiice...

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Golden Masuria



Masurian meadows full in gold in May. Dandelion and rapeseed make them so beautiful, so unique in the entire European Union. You'll be able to buy pure dandelion honey soon. The natural rapeseed honey will be available in Masuria, too. Both local honeys taste great and are very healthy, as well :)

Author: Maria Olszowska, Mragowo 2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A taste of the past...



Flying to Warsaw, with Polish national airlines LOT, usually means a hint of time travel for people born in Poland... The Prince Polo used to be one of the most favourite sweets for over 30m Poles. Today its taste is not worse than in 1980s, when you had to queue for a few hours to get it at a sweet shop. 'Prince Polo' is free of charge at LOT. It was and it is a very good local intro before travelling to experience present tastes of Masuria.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Kortowiada



Most famous Polish university students' social event coming to Olsztyn in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. 'Kortowiada' is an annual holiday taking place close before the summer semester exams in Olsztyn's Kortowo "academic" council. Usually it's a cultural event with a lot of music and dancing. But computer gaming competitions and sport challenges are also a part of 'Kortowiada' these days. More info on the Fb fanpage: here...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Seagulls



Beautiful weekend in South East England, almost the same sort all we know so well from Masurian summers. Brighton on the English Channel was today's prime destination for more than many Londoners... It's a resort that Britain likes very much and probably will do even much more quite soon. Brighton's football club fights successfully for the Premier League promotion. All fingers crossed, as we can see: "Backing the Albion to win the high-stakes £200m play". This team's story very similar to the one of Stomil Olsztyn. Both clubs have also the same white and blue home colours. However, Brighton's Seagulls fight for a bit bigger amounts in the UK than Olsztyn's Kormorany do it in Poland, yet.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Ryanair at Szymany



Ryanair coming soon to the Olsztyn-Mazury airport: Fly4Free. So, not only Luton but also Stansted available now for Londoners to go discover Masuria in Poland (don't worry about Bing's translation, as usually).

Friday, 6 May 2016

Prawie Mazury



Mazury, bezsprzecznie, jedyne w swoim rodzaju. Niemniej są na świecie miejsca, z których warto czerpać to, co najlepsze. Doświadczenie zawsze przydatne do czynienia dobrego jeszcze lepszym. 

Przykład z Londynu: Northala Fields Park (zdjęcie wyżej właśnie tam zrobione). Kiedyś to był teren zielony jakich jest wiele. Od czasu przebudowy stadionu Wembley jest to teren rekreacyjny, do którego przyjeżdża się biegać niemal z całego Londynu. Gruzy po starym stadionie Wembley zostały tam przewiezione i uformowane w wielkie kopce niemal jak Kopiec Kościuszki w Krakowie. Każdy z nich to bardzo fajne wyzwanie biegowe. Do tego są stawy z trzciną i oczywiście drzewa. Wręcz chce się tam przyjeżdżać, żeby aktywnie spędzić trochę czasu nawet nie tylko samemu.

Białystok w najbliższym czasie nie pójdzie w ślady Londynu. Ale dlaczegóżby Olsztyn nie miał tego zrobić? Stadion Stomilu wyczerpuje się z wolna jako miejski obiekt użyteczności publicznej. Kto wie, czy nie powinien przysłużyć się Olsztynowi w inny sposób. Nowy stadion musi powstać. Piłka nożna to miejsca pracy w dzisiejszych czasach. Londyn pokazał, że to również nowe możliwości.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Improving BBC Weather



Improving BBC Weather app with weather for Olsztyn and Bialystok, next step... Maybe two great Polish-British journos from BBC can help? Kasia Madera and Tomasz Schafernaker, both succeed in London. Kasia is a star of very innovative BBC WorldNews. Tomasz is not only our favourite meteorologist from the BBC :)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Playing with Masuria



First time in Masuria this year and playing outdoor in a fresh air at once! Kids do love Masurian time not less than adults are fond of the long weekend in Poland... Picture obviously taken by Wojtek :)

Monday, 2 May 2016

Masurian way of life... [4]



Many places in Masuria are slowly embedded into a historical structure of that unique part of the European Union. Slow-life mansions with their central courts, parks and ponds are also accompanied by small churches and ancestral cemeteries. Today many villages look almost exactly like they looked 100 years ago. You experience slow motion perception over there, with all those barking dogs, tweeting sparrows, crowing roosters, horses eating fresh grass and even houses built out of stone and wood. Everything makes many Masurian towns are active members of global Cittaslow network focused on: "improving the quality of life (...) by slowing down its overall pace (...) and the flow of life and traffic through them".

Author: Maria Olszowska, Mragowo 2016

Sunday, 1 May 2016

BBC Weather



Looks like a lack of Olsztyn and Bialystok in BBC Weather app. There's no two big Polish cities in the EU but Russian Kaliningrad already available. First step towards the change we've just made...