Thursday, 29 September 2016

Masuria family-holidays ready

If you plan your next year active holidays, have a look what Trivago's already been saying: 5 - at least 4* hotels - out of all 1941 in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship seem to be ready for you and your family in August 2017. Prices are competitive for family rooms. Lakes, forests and breathtaking landscapes included free of charge, always! :)

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.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Paralympians from Masuria

Masurian paralympians seem to be more successful in Rio than Polish sportsmen taking part in Olympic Games. Paraolympics silver in table tennis for Patryk Chojnowski from Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. Congrats to him & congrats to Poland!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Stomil never dies!

Some great message from Olsztyn, the capital city of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. Our Roman is a member of Socios Stomil - it's an association of Stomil Olsztyn's fans. They wrote to him informing they are going to make some construction works relating to Stomil's training pitch. And they are going to do it by themselves! A lot of work is required but the budget almost doesn't exist. So, Olsztyn's football fans don't wait for a better time. They do what they can do, in fact. Lucky Stomil, not many football clubs in the world have such a smartly supportive team :)

P.s. Google Translate also requireing some re-construction work...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Pumpkin from Masuria

Probably no better pumpkins in the world, for a good pumpkin soup, than the eco-ones from Masuria. Pure nature and lack of industrial factories make simple soup really unique.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Jews & Masuria

There's Polin in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. It's a new, big museum. "A 1000-Year History of Polish Jews" exhibition is on now. Mostly sad stories... Fortunately, from the gone past. Anyway, there's something very nice. Looks like the beauty of Masuria and its neighbouring areas used to be praised and recommended as a holiday destination by the Jewish Touring Society in the 1930s.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Family dinner outside Masuria?

Just to remind Masurian cuisine isn't hot or spicy but other ones definitely are... Today in Warsaw, our 'Superhero' beaten by a bowl of Asian soup ;)

Friday, 9 September 2016

Milk & Chive

Masuria-like sour milk & fresh chive, directly from the fridge - always best drink when you've got a tropical heat outdoor and tasty fried dumplings with spinach and cheese in front of you :) This one is not bad but all we are missing a real Masurian sour milk right now in Warsaw. High temperature in entire Poland today, veeery high!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Late summer in Masuria

Ballooning in the air seems to whisper about coming end of summer. Masuria is bursting with yellow sunflowers now. Their smiling-sun look makes they are Masurian symbol of a joy of life. We've got two kinds of cultivated sunflowers in Masuria: common sunflower and topinambour (Jerusalem artichoke). Both of them came from the Americas as healthy food, traditional medicine remedy and obviously still life for artworks. Prussians living in Masuria in the past loved extra virgin sunflower oil. So do we it today, it's very healthy and tasty, especially with cottage cheese, dill and radish.

Author: Maria Olszowska, Masuria 2016

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Easy angling in Masuria

Masurian lakes are like a wishing well for anglers. There's plenty of different fish species, so you can angle and angle... But there are also special areas under full fishing control, you can angle on, almost without any risk of angling failure. BBQ during your holiday in Masuria should always mean local fish & fresh vegetables. Therefore people from Masuria recommend easy angling:

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Mushrooms in Masurian forests

When you walk across fairy Masurian forests in the late summer, don't take any mushroom home. Even if you saw Masurian people eating very tasty dinner with mushrooms from the forest, never do it by yourself. Many of them look beautiful but they can be poisonous, too. Better take picture only and carry on. The one above taken by our Pawel.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Shape from Masuria

Messi-like goal in yesterday's match proves our Maks didn't waste his four weeks in Masuria during this year school holidays. Polish national striker Arek "Crossbar" Milik probably ought to go also to Masuria before Poland's going to play important match! :) Unia - Delta 8:0 vs. Kazakhstan - Poland 2:2

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Masurian in Warsaw

A new smart inhabitant has moved from Masuria to Warsaw. Milka is her name, she's now a brand new member of the family of our Sylwia's sister. Never ever go to the Polish Lake District for any agritouristic holiday if you fall in love with little lovely cats too easy ;)

Friday, 2 September 2016

Zander from Masuria

Zander is a fish you usually eat in Masurian restaurants. Unexpectedly it's been served, directly from Masuria, as a tasty dinner in the restaurant co-operating with one of very good private clinics in Warsaw. What a surprise for people who love very good Masurian food!