In the continued spirit of Euro Week, patkas takes us on a tour of Poland. On-board the Shop Local train, we stop off to visit a handful of her fellow Polish artists who graciously share their favourite spots and local knowledge.
patkas: I lived in Warsaw for many years, but I always dreamt about living on the coast. My dreams came true when our family moved to a little village near Gdansk. Now we can often go to the beach — my girls love to swim and play in the sand. In the centre of our village we have a beautiful lake with a lovely little family restaurant. We love to go there for a walk and eat something delicious like an apple pie or a Polish pierogi. The lake is still covered with ice, but spring is coming very quickly and I hope that by next Sunday the swan family will have returned.
MadameVu: Here I am on my boyfriend’s balcony in Sekocin Las, which is situated in a forest just outside the boundary of Warsaw. It’s March now, the snow has just disappeared and the forest is becoming greener every day. I come here to rest from the busy city and to hunt for new inspiration.
celapiu: I live in Cracow. I like it here — the town is very beautiful, very old and has a very long history. Lots of tourists come to visit, but when you know where to go you can find quiet, deserted passages at the very heart of it. I seek these still roads and cycle through them every day.
malarys: I come from the South of Poland, but the place I love best is a city on the north coast called Gdynia. I dream about living there and I will one day! This picture was taken in front of the art school in Gdynia, which specialises in wood carving. Gdynia is part of “Three Cities”: GdaÅ„sk, Gdynia and Sopot, all of which are located at the beautiful Baltic coast. I’m inviting you all to come and visit!
madebyagah: I live in the southwest of Poland in a city that used to be the country’s coal mining centre. Once the mines were closed, the city started losing its splendour, and I cannot call the city anything but ordinary. However, located in a picturesque landscape of mountains and hills, Walbrzych is still worth visiting. Even though I am thrilled by the foreign cities I visit now and then, I cannot imagine living anywhere else but here. This photo was taken in my mom’s magical garden which makes a great escape for me, my husband and our two little ones.
sisicata: This photo was taken on the roof of my workroom. In the distance is the most famous building in my country — the Palace of Culture and Science. It was a controversial gift from the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to the people of Warsaw in Poland, which at the time (the 1950s) was a satellite state of the USSR. The love-hate relationship of the native Varsovians with this building reflects the ambivalence of their relationship with their own recent history. Nowadays the building divides Varsovians into two groups — those who demand its demolition and those who admire it. Either way, the palace is an irreplaceable part of Warsaw and the only landmark for the lost tourist, showing him or her the way to the city centre.
Have you visited Poland or do you live there? Tell us about it in the comments!