Poland – Astronomical Observatory

Piwnice – Toruń Observatory, Poland

I’m an astronomer, so I have to show you at least one picture of Polish astronomical observatory.
So here it is – Astronomical Observatory in Piwnice, nearby Toruń, that belong to the Nicolaus Copernicus University. On the picture, you see 2 radiotelescopes, 15m and 32m antennas.

Poland – Famous Polish People

Toruń, Poland

I wanted to list here a few famous Polish people.
The first name that came to my mind was Maria Curie-Skłodowska,
the pope, Copernicus and Chopin.
But some people may be known because of current situation (e.g., Robert Lewandowski),
and others may be more or less known depending where you are from or what is your profession.
I’ll just write here a few names,
and please let me know, have you heard about any of them.

Marie Skłodowska Curie
Pope John Paul II
Nicolaus Copernicus
Frederic Chopin
Lech Wałęsa
Roman Polański
Stanisław Lem

Poland – Jellyfish

Jellyfish , Poland

You may meet jellyfish in the Baltic sea.
Mostly, they are completely not harmful to people.
But there is also a kind of sea jellies in the Baltic Sea that you should avoid, however it’s very unlikely to see it.


When I was a child, everyone was saying, thet “our” jellyfish are not harmful; it’s almost always the case; but it doesn’t mean 100%.

Poland – Seals

Poland

There are three kinds of seals living in Baltic sea:
-the harbor seal (or common seal),
-the grey seal,
-the ringed seal.

Actually, the most common is the grey seal, seen in today’s picture.

If you’d like to learn more about seals, visit the seal sanctuary in Hel, Poland.

Poland – Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It’s a mine, so you can visit typical “things” you would expect to find in a mine.
On the other hand, it’s like a museum, with many exhibitions made of salt, there is even a chapel.


It’s located nearby Cracow, so definitely visit the mine while being in Cracow.
For details, check the official website of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Poland – Mead & Vodka

Cracow, Poland

Vodka apparently seems to be a Polish or Russian traditional alcohol;
well, there is some truth in it…
But there are other alcoholic drinks also popular in Poland,
of course variety of beers,
and mead (Polish: miód pitny what literally means a “drinkable honey”).
I think, mead should have a position number one, it’s a Polish traditional alcoholic beverage, introduced already in Middle Ages.

When your’e in Poland, try mead!
Check maybe the wikipedia website for suggestions which one to choose.

Poland – Cracow

Kraków, Poland

Cracow (in Polish: Kraków) is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland,
and I highly recommend you to go there!
Just be aware, that since some years, Cracow is a very popular tourist destination, it maybe overcrowded, so maybe it lost some of its charm (?).

Anyway, if you’re bored with Cracow, go to nearby Oświęcim (very importnat place, known for known for being the site of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp) and Wieliczka Salt Mine;
or a bit farther – go to mountains.