Thursday, 30 June 2016

"Masuria - here we go in the European Union"




We're happy to announce that supported by us students' competition "Masuria - here we go in the European Union" took place in Mragowo. A lot of big thanks to all young competitors writing in English about their beautiful home area - Polish Lake District. Special congrats to Lena & Michal, who won two London-edition mobile sets of 'Little School Tool' by Microsoft. You'll be able soon to read their essays on our DiscoverMasuria.com

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Guests from the past




You can find out that there's a lot of unique glacial erratics in Masuria. They are a firm proof that a huge glacier was dominating over Masurian nature thousands of years ago. Now the biggest stones can have their circumferences bigger than 20 yards! Many of them were used in medieval times for building castles and houses in Masuria.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Podlaskie's Wigry



Unique aerial view of the beautiful Lake Wigry and Wigry National Park in Podlaskie Voivodeship that is Masuria's closest neighbour. Picture was taken and transformed by our Roman and his iPhone® while the return LOT flight from Vilnius in Lithuania to London via Warsaw. BTW, all kids in Poland in 1980s were dreaming about small city folding bike branded "Wigry". Wasn't easy to buy it :)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Lipa...



So, Brexit seems to be a fact. People in Poland say 'lipa' when something goes wrong in general. Lipa in Polish means linden tree, first of all. But all sorts of poor performance are 'lipa' too. Don't ask why, nobody knows today. Linden trees are very popular in entire Poland, including Masuria. Their flowers are base for one of the most delicious honeys. Polish busy bees do like linden trees. BTW, one of our bees - Roman says now the only hope for the UK to stay in the EU and not lose Home-Nations unity's the Queen's Consent that hasn't been used for ages. Looks like a huge 'lipa' in Westminster, Queen has to save the future?

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Masuria's IN



Important day today in the UK. British people vote for the future inside / outside the EU. As a matter of fact, Masuria is IN the European Union and Brits are always welcome to visit our most beautiful Lake District in the world! :) #DiscoverMasuria not #Brexit

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Ol-sh-tin



Olsztyn, capital city of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship in Poland, among 13 cities you can't pronounce (but should definitely visit) by the Daily Telegraph: www.telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Masurian Strawberry



WOW, that's a real strawberry! Pure nature, clean water and plenty of sun in the early Summer. Masuria is really unique. Polish 5 PLN coin is a bit smaller than UK's 50p one. Are you able to imagine how big are these red giants? Kids are not able at all to wait until tomorrow's breakfast :)

Monday, 20 June 2016

Peaceful Europe



3 days to the Brexit referendum in the UK. Why British as well as European politicians talk about everything but not too much how peaceful and beautiful is united Europe? Hard to catch what they do when you travel so easy and without any risk across the EU today. There's a lot of appeals full of words now. Unfortunately, words just fade away next day. Pictures make social media success. Why not to follow this way of today's thinking? Masuria is so beautiful and peaceful part of the European Union to show to the Brits very well that there's no point at all in closing EU's doors that are just being opened... #MakeVisitsNotVisas

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Kayak in Masuria



Where the best milk comes from... Such lovely views when you go out for a weekend kayak trip in Masuria! This picture taken with a lot of muesli-eater passion by our Maks :)

Friday, 17 June 2016

Poppy Masuria



Poppies are blooming all over Masuria. Vivid, red flowers look like beautiful jewels that Masurian nature exposes to focus our attention for a while... Rush hours of summer coming soon. Now, in deep silence, we pay tribute to every brave human soul commemorated by each one poppy.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Masurian Veggie Soup



Classic veggie soup all we know in the European Union (carrot, green beans, corn and garden peas together with low-fat sour cream and some pinch of seasoning salt), can become something really new if you add a bit of fresh horseradish grated into the bowl just before eating. Horseradish makes it "Masurian Veggie Soup". It's best with rye bread & cold-pressed black pepper rapeseed oil!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Green-rye Masuria



June is just unique in our Masuria. All green-rye fields in front of you, far far away beyond Masurian skyline... This picture taken by our Wojtek and artistically adjusted by his iPhone®

Monday, 13 June 2016

Trendy Masuria



Looks like everybody starts to fly to our beautiful Masuria. Polish national airlines LOT link Warsaw and Olsztyn-Mazury airport in July. Tickets are dirt cheap, even less than £40 for a return one: LOT.com That's a very tempting offer to see also the capital city of Poland before and after your holiday in Masuria :)

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Masurian Smoked Eel Pâté



90th b'day, 10k guests invited for the street party in The Mall and no Masurian smoked eel pâté but just salmon mousse in the hamper? :) Could be even more unique event with even more internationally diversified food. Anyway, looking forward to it in 10 years. Happy birthday to you from all people in Polish Masuria, dear Queen!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Gothic Castles Trail



Prussians used to build magnificent palaces and mansion houses. They usually had parks and ancestral cemetery. Moreover, they were cultural and agricultural centres. In today's Masuria there are hotels located, very unique hotels like Sorkwity, Nakomiady i Szestno. Teutonic Order built a network of huge medieval castles in Masuria and its close regions. Many of them turned into ruins in the meantime. Szestno is a very good example. But Ryn, Ketrzyn and Gizycko are proud of their Teutonic castles. The biggest one is in Ryn. You can enjoy a good stay over there, including watching special shows of fighting medieval knights. Gothic Castles Trail is one of tourist attractions in Masuria.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Friday, 10 June 2016

Active EU



Interesting IPSOS research in yesterday's Times: 72% of Poles (including - of course - Masuria inhabitants), find the EU "as a source of stability and prosperity". Moreover, 79% of young Poles 18-34 (including young Masurians), think like that! Nothing strange, in fact. All we know very well active co-operating is more efficient in a real life than any sort of standing alone these days... BREXIT, eh? :)

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Masurian Restaurants



10 best restaurants in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship according to the TripAdvisor: here...

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Grand Slam Olsztyn



Grand Slam Poland coming soon to the capital city of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour takes place again in Olsztyn, from 14th to 19 June 2016. This year it's the greatest beach-volleyball intro for the Olympic Games in Rio. More info: PZPS

Monday, 6 June 2016

Eco-havens in Masuria



Today's sunny weather in London makes you do want to go to Masuria! It's worth to know there's a network of eco-havens for sailing and kayaking tourists who enjoy holidays in Masuria and keep Masurian waters and environment clean. 12 of them recommended by the MojeMazury.pl [Polish]

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Masurian Cucumber Soup



Masurian pasteurised-cucumber soup with low-fat yogurt, parsley and gluten-free "lane kluski" (handmade corn flour dumplings), today as a lunch starter. Never ever add salt before tasting it first! :)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Lewandowski in Masuria



Who's enjoying some "chill" in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship? Media in Poland say it is... Robert Lewandowski! The best Polish football player from Bayern Munich (vel Real Madrid) has stayed in his Stanclewo's mansion for a few days before Euro 2016

Friday, 3 June 2016

Living history of Masuria



Masurian landscapes are full of beautiful tunnel-tree avenues you'll love to drive through. They were implemented by Prussian inhabitants of Masuria many years ago. Some of them are not only natural monuments but they make also home for huge number of birds, butterflies, small bats and unique plants now. Living history of Masuria!

Author: Maria Olszowska, Mragowo 2016

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Discovering EU



#EUinORout debate tonight in the UK. Question is: why not to discover EU instead of dividing #BREXIT? @David_Cameron

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Masurian Cucumbers



Masuria, as a pure-nature region of the European Union, is a source of the most healthy food you want to eat usually all year round. Even if you spend only 2 weeks of your holiday in Masuria, there's some method to take something yummy back home. People in Poland call it 'sloiki', which means 'jars' in English. Not only fruits can be pasteurised for a long term use. Now it's time for low-salt baby cucumbers to pasteurise with fresh dill, garlic and horseradish. Such cucumber tastes much different from a pickled one. It's available in Polish grocery shops in the UK but ask for 'Masurian Cucumbers', first of all.