Here are old Orthodox churches from southern Poland. This is the land of Lemko people. Lemkos are generally considered to be descendants of Ruthenian settlers who arrived in 14th century or probably earlier to the area traditionally inhabited by Lemkos.
We go to the mountains every year. Firstly, they are close to Krakow, secondly , there are a lot of forest areas and that`s what we like best. Forest is full of life and energy. The air, animals, healthy trees, mushrooms, berries, walks by day and night, views down the valleys or up the tops, unexpected rain on top of a mountain, that all evokes our fascination. We are city people.
Animals are an inseperable part of every trip to the forest. Every year we see a lot of them. Sadly, the bigger game like deer, foxes or birds of prey are usually too fast for me to take out a camera and take a photo. But we are glad to have a quick look. We compensate it with catching and touching smaller animals, mostly reptiles and insects. A fishing net is a must in the forest!
We spent another part of our holiday without mummy. She needs some rest too.
The weather was mixed, a bit cloudy with sunny moments, not too rainy.
The area is plain, no mountains, but there are a lot of caves and caverns.
Small caves, for free:
A big cave Raj (Paradise) not for free. Actually, I got very angry there when I found out they charge a lot of money and there is no discount for children!!!
It was forbidden to take photos but I did, secretly. Out of sheer malice. Nothing special in the cave which would be worth this money without a discount. But.... during our visit in the cave, a bat started flying all over one chamber. As the guide was just talking about bats, we joked that he used a remote control to operate the bat for the visitors. There were also cave spiders, spinning their webs on the walls, but I didn`t take a photo because it was forbidden, you know. We are not going to go there anymore, so let these photos be a life souvenir.
A colony of bats on the photo in the gallery.
At night the campsite owner`s cat visited us.
Visiting historical places is always a must, wherever we go..
We went to Chęciny to see the ruins of the medieval castle.
Inside a small tower
The view from the tower.
The houses in Chęciny, a small town, are also of historic value.
It was one of the biggest flint excavation areas in Europe in prehistoric times. There was one giant quarry and a lot of small excavation holes in the ground. The museum allows the visitor to go down into the mine as well as see the history in a few rooms, e.g., the flint products, the reconstruction of a miner`s hut etc. Unfortunately, the hut house was closed due to the invasion of hornets.
The diorama display of the area with excavation holes.
A modern passage for tourists.
The passage starts displaying the original prehistoric tunnel.
Next to the museum there was a reconstruction of a prehistoric village, with huts, villagers, bow shooting etc.
On the same day we went to the Dinosaur Museum. They have all major life size dinosaurs there.
In the museum they have a playing ground for children with a skeleton of a Trex in the giant sandbox. Kids can do their own archeology digging.
We were so busy we didn`t have time to tidy our caravan. Fortunately, mummy didn`t see it. She could have got a heart attack.
But tidying was the last thing to do on our list. When we weren`t travelling (those museums and ruins were long distance from our campsite), we were swimming in the lake or a pool in a nearby town or we went for walks in the hills among the lakes (there were three).
During our walks we found fascinating items. Here, a dead fish. Wow!
One day we were wandering around the area. It started hailing. We found shelter in a cave. What an adventure!
It was the end of holiday, the area was almost empty, but that`s what we like best. Not only days were wonderful,
What a flood of fantastic pics, Bonobo! Here and in other threads - the banknotes, Vilnus and so on. May I thank you on behalf of all of us - THE WATCHERS I wish I had more time to comment, but lately I am busy then tired, busy then tired, busy then tired.... although I'm NOT 'tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain', you have my word for that ;D ;D ;D
And now............... tadammmmm!
this fellow resembles very much the guy with the cat! So at last I may say: