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Mountain meadows

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Bistorta officinalis, commonly known as bistort or European bistort, is a species of flowering plants in the dock family Polygonaceae. It is typically found growing in moist meadows e.g. extensively used mountain meadows (Polygono-Trisetion & Arrhenatherion).



Autumn morning in Ujsoły

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Ujsoły is a village in Żywiec Beskids, in southern Poland, close to the border with Slovakia. The settlement Ujsoly was founded in the sixteenth century by Walachian settlers - pastoral peoples of the Balkan origin. The newcomers settled on the uninhabited mountain areas. Original name of the village was "U Soły" (eng. "by the Soła") and is derived from the position of the first homesteads located directly by the River Sola. Over the years the name were Polonized to the currently used name "Ujsoły". Ujsoły is the perfect starting point of many mountain hiking trails.



Żywiec Beskids (continuation)

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Żywiec Beskids

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Żywiec Beskids (Polish: Beskid Żywiecki) located in the southwest of Silesia along the Slovak border, are among the tallest mountains in Poland after the Tatra Mountains. The highest peak is Babia Góra (1725 m a.s.l.). Tourist trails run through magnificent forests and glades from which enfolds a fascinating view over the Tatras and even Little Fatra in Slovakia.

Linked to: Żywiec Beskids (continuation) and Rysianka Mountain Pasture

Lake Frillensee

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The Frillensee is a small lake in the Wettersteingebirge mountains near the Eibsee. The landslide separated the Frillensee from the Eibsee. However, both lakes are still connected underground and the water level has always the same height. The name is derived from minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) - a small freshwater fish (germ. die Pfrille).

Drwęca Lake in Ostróda

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Ostróda's advantageous location makes the town rich in attractions relating to active relaxation. City is nicknamed “The Pearl of Masuria”. Here is the central port of the network of three canals: the Ostróda-Elbląg Canal, Ostróda-Stare Jabłonki and Ostróda-Iława. The most famous one is the Ostróda-Elbląg Canal that is equipped with a system of slipways making it possible to sail a ship on... the land. The Canal was built in the middle of the 19th century and joined the Drwęca Lake (Ostróda) with the Druzno Lake (Elbląg). Canal, being the only one object of its kind in Europe, is the main tourist attraction of the region. At Lake Drwęca, water sport lovers may use an 800 m water ski lift, a professional canoe track and a town beach with a water sports equipment rental. Tourists cannot overlook yet another attraction, namely the biggest inland pier in Poland.

Linked to: Drwęca Lake shore path

Drwęca Lake shore path

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The town of Ostróda evolved at the site of an original Old Prussian settlement where the Drwęca river flows into Lake Drwęca (Jezioro Drwęckie). The town name come from town Osterode am Harz in Lower Saxony, Germany (now a sister city with Ostróda). There are five lakes within the town limits and amongst fifteen lakes at a close distance.  Here is the central port of the network of three canals: the Ostróda-Elbląg Canal, Ostróda-Stare Jabłonki and Ostróda-Iława. All this makes Ostróda a dream place for those into water sports, sailing, biking, or wandering.
Linked to: Drwęca Lake in Ostróda

Lake Eibsee in Bavaria

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Eibsee is a lake located in the highest altiutudine of Germany. It is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps due to its location beneath the Zugspitze and the clear, green water. Lake name (die Eibe in German = yew, der See = lake) is attributed to the yew, which grew formerly very numerous around the lake.

Linked to: Eibsee


SKYWATCH FRIDAY

Jewish Cemetery in Łódź, Poland

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The Cemetery at the Bracka Street in Łódź was established in 1892. There is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Izrael Poznanski donated the first 10.5 hectares of land towards the establishment of a new cemetery. The outbreak of a cholera epidemic in 1892 forced the Russian authorities to give the final go ahead to establish the new cemetery. Thus, the first people buried there in the winter of 1892 were approximately 700 cholera victims. In 1893, 1,139 people were buried at the new cemetery. From 1893 to 1896, the basic construction of the cemetery was completed under the supervision of well-known architect Adolf Zeligson. Today about 160 000 people are buried there. The Cemetery has an area of 39,6 hectare. Many people meritorious for Łódź were buried at this Cemetery. Their tombstones often show high class of stone and metal craftworks. Also here are buried victims of one of the most tragic events in the history of the mankind - Holocaust.



Learn more:
www.JewishLodzCemetery.org
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