The name "Chestnut" is derived from an earlier English term "Chesten nut", which descends from the Old French word "chastain". The trees' names are virtually identical in all the most ancient languages of Central Europe: in Breton kistinen for the tree, and kistin for its fruit, in Welsh castan-wydden and sataen, in Dutch kastanje for both the tree and its fruit, in Albanian gështenjë, in Polish kasztanowiec for the tree and kasztan for its fruit, and many others close to the French châtaigne and to the Latin name chosen for the genus, Castanea. The name Castanea is probably derived from the old name for the sweet chestnut, either in Latin or in Ancient Greek. Another possible source of the name is the town of Kastania in Thessaly, Greece; more probable, though, is that the town took its name from the most common tree growing around it (See: Wikipedia). The chestnut is very popular tree in Poland. The trees were often planted in parks and along road…
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Every fourth stork in the world comes from Poland. The biggest density of stork nests is observed in the North- Eastern and Eastern part of Poland. Storks rebuild their nests each year. The nest is constructed above the ground, on poles, very often in close proximity of human settlements: on the tops of barns and houses. Storks have been present in the Polish folk culture and landscape for centuries and have found their place in our folktales, proverbial sayings. Among the most common ones there is of course the superstition about storks bringing babies. Constructing of stork nest in a particular household is believed to bring its owner good luck and prosperity. It is also believed to protect a house from thunder strikes. Storks are also appreciated for their role as beneficial animals: they feed on species considered to be pests, such as rodents. (See: Storks - the Symbol of Poland)
Jelenia Góra is a city in south-western Poland. The city is surrounded by Izera Mountains, Kaczawskie Mountains, Rudawy Janowickie Mountains and Karkonosze Mountains (Giant Mts.). The name of the city means "hart mountain" in Polish. The city's origins officially date back to the legendary founding of the settlement by the Polish prince Bolesław III Wrymouth in 1108 and in 2008 celebrated its 900th anniversary. In the central point of the market square there is a building of town hall built between 1744 to 1749. The entire square is surrounded by Baroque tenement houses with arcades, which originally used to serve the merchants to sell their goods. (Wikipedia)
Charzykowskie Lake is a glacial lake with an area of over 1300 ha and up to 30 metres in depth. It is located in the Tuchola Forest, in the Zaborski Landscape Park, and near the border of "Tuchola Forest" National Park. The sailing traditions of the lake and its water sports centres date back to the interwar period, when Charzykowy – a village located by the lake – was the heart of Polish sailing and iceboating.
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