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.
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
Wrocław is one of the largest Polish cities.
It’s an old, historical city with interesting architecture
and museums e.g., Racławice Panorama;
many, many, many bridges and a similar big number of dwarfs.
Toruń is a lovely small, old town,
that I always recommend to visit in Poland.
Why? – Because of its diverse architecture, Teutonic Castle, gingerbread, Nicolaus Copernicus, and many more. 🙂
The only drawback – in summer months Toruń may be quite crowded.
Many Polish people (including me) love to pick up (edible) mushrooms in forest.
The mushrooms from today’s picture should stay where they are,
there are many other eatable (more than once 😉 ) mushrooms.
The Tatra Mountains (part of the Carpathian Mountains) is a mountain range that’s located between Slovakia and Poland.
The highest Polish peak (2499 m above sea level) belongs to Tatra
(on Slovakian side it has a bit higher peak – 2503 m).
To simplify, the central part of Poland is flat, sea is in the north, mountains are in the south part of Poland. There are two main mountain ranges: the Sudetes and Carpathian mountains; all beautiful. 🙂
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%.
I think, we were going relatively often to the coast, when I was a child.
Somehow, I always have this image in the front of my head – sand and pink roses.
I’m sure, you can still see in Poland, many bushes with roses close to beaches.
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.
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.
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.