Poland, Useful Travel Guides

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Lublin Miod (Honey) Festival

A few years ago my wife and I on one of our travels to Poland we visited Lublin, the ninth largest city in Poland.
Although the city was subject to severe destruction during WW11 most of its historical and picturesque Old Town has been preserved, it was everything and more than we expected.
We were lucky enough to encounter the 'Lublin Miod Festival' quite by chance as we walked along the streets of Lublin and found this event taking place in front of the town hall in the Rynek. As photographers this was a gift, a great chance to record a  colourful local tradition and also to enjoy a local beer at one of the many pavement cafes while enjoying the music.

Lublin, the Rynek

Lubelskie Swieto Miodu  emblem

Traditional entertainment

Traditional entertainment


Spectators seated in the adjacent cafes
Modeling the latest in bee keeping attire

Manufacturers of honey promoting their product

We took many more photographs of this event, they can be viewed at our Flickr Imagine Poland gallery, please visit the link and enjoy.

ps. if you have information on the two traditional music groups would you please comment - many thanks

Lublin Miod Festival Photo Album

For more tourist information visit website Lublin City of Information

Lublin City of Information


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Folk Dancing in Krakow 'Krakowiak 2013'

We traveled to Krakow several weeks ago using Ryanair for our flights, both out and return flights on time and no problem.
On this visit we had decided not to plan anything and just follow our noses, it was a good idea and came across a variety of events. You can always rely on Krakow to have something on the go, a really vibrant city full of life and culture.
Our first morning started on the Rynek sat outside one of the delightful cafe/bars enjoying a delicious Polish breakfast surrounded by baskets of flowers in full bloom and the sun shining down on us. A great start to the morning, I could have stopped there all day just watching the world go by with perhaps a cool Tyskie beer or two.
After discussing various options we decided to have a gentle stroll towards the Wawel Castle, the views from there would be stunning on such a sun filled day. Only ten minutes into our walk we were confronted by a procession of dancers in brightly coloured outfits making their way from the Wawel to the Rynek. It was 'Krakowiak 2013' an international festival of folk dancing for youth and children, they were to give exhibitions later in the day at the Maly Rynek, our day was decided, this was to good to miss.
What a good decision, it was a fantastic event, a stunning display of folk dancing full of vibrant colours, enthusiasm and some very happy faces.
Some of our photographs of the dancing can be viewed here, if you like them and want to see more please follow the link to our Flickr Gallery 'Krakowiak 2013'








For more photographs of Krakowiak please follow the link Flickr, Krakowiak Gallery

Some useful links

Travel and Holiday Information Poland
Krakow Guide
The Royal Castle, The Wavel
Ryanair

All photographs copyright Peter Clark, Imagine Poland

Monday, 10 September 2012

Malbork Castle, Poland


While staying in Gdynia recently, we decided to have a day out at Malbork Castle. Travel was straightforward the distance from Gdynia to Malbork is about 60km and the journey took us about an hour by train.. The walk from the railway station to the castle being only ten minutes.
Malbork is the worlds largest brick built gothic castle and is located by the side of the Nogat River in Poland.
The castle construction was started in the 13th century and it was occupied by the Teutonic Knights.
Originally only the Upper Castle was built, then expanded with the Middle Castle and in 1382-1399 the Palace of the Grand Master was added.

Below, photograph of a model of Malbork Castle which gives some idea of size and layout. This can be found in Malbork town on the way to the castle.


Gate passage of the Middle Castle
Courtyard with well

Statues of four Grand Masters of the Teutonic  Order
A bombard from the 15th century


Courtyard with well
The Chapter House

Heating system in the Chapter House

View from the top of  Malbork Castle main tower

As you can see from the above photograph it is well worth the climb to the top of the castle main tower, a stunning view over Malbork Castle, the Nogat River and adjoining countryside.

Useful links

Poland, photographs and travel information:www.imaginepoland.com

More information re Malbork Castle:http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php?p=informacje


UNESCO Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork:http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/847


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Gdynia Viewpoint

We recently visited Poland to photograph and review the Tri City area of Poland for our website Imagine Poland.
Flying with Ryanair who we found to be once again economical and comfortable, tried 'priority boarding' for the first time, it will not be the last as the system worked well for us and got us onto the aircraft well before everyone else and we had a very comfortable flight.
Prior to the visit our research led us to discover a location called St Maximilian Hill above Gdynia which would give us a good view of both the harbour and the City, looking at the street map showed us it was only five minutes from our apartment.
Our first day in Gdynia started with a lovely blue sky morning, perfect. Not long before we arrived at our viewpoint and it was all we hoped it would be, hope you like the results.



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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Imagine Poland Facebook Cover Photo

Just changed our Facebook cover photo for Imagine Poland
The beach at Orlowo near Gdynia, June 2012
More photo's on our main website www.imaginepoland.com

Saturday, 31 March 2012

'Horse and Carriage' at Krakow Rynek

Last year we spent several days in Krakow, Poland, the visit was to top up our image library of Poland.
We had managed to book an apartment near the Rynek through a company called ApartmentsApart
For the period of our visit the weather was superb, Krakow was even more beautiful bathed in glorious sunshine.
At the moment the we are editing the photographs in our office in the UK and should be publishing them to our website Imagine Poland in the near future.
A small selection of the Rynek  'horse and carriage' photographs can be viewed here.
Horse and Carriage for a Wedding, the Rynek, Krakow

Horse and carriage in front of the Church of St Mary, Krakow

Horses looking splendid, the Rynek, Krakow


A little love and attention

Quick lunch break in between passengers

We have many more photographs and useful information for travel and holidays in Poland to view on our website Imagine Poland
In summer we plan to tour the Baltic coast area of Poland so a lot of thought is going into the detail and organisation.

Useful Links

Hotels in Poland
Apartments in Poland
Poland Travel Information

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tumski Bridge, Wroclaw, Poland

Hope you enjoy our photographs of the Love Locks on Tumski Bridge in Wroclaw, Poland.
You can see more at our website Imagine Poland