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Wandering around the old Šibenik

Šibenik sits along a wide bay at the mouth of the river Krka is one from most picturesque cities of the eastern Adriatic coast. This beautiful and ancient city is framed by 4 giant fortresses, chunky walls, a deep, natural harbour, and a beach. The old quarter is a riddle of steep little lanes and passages with centuries-old churches, noblemen palaces, and traditional stone houses.

Linked to: Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik & Fortresses in Šibenik

Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik

The Cathedral of St. James (Croatian: Katedrala sv. Jakova) is located on the Dalmatian coast in city of Šibenik. It is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in Croatia and since 2000, the Cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. St. James is a triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome (32 m high inside). The three architects who succeeded one another in the construction of the Cathedral - Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino - developed a structure built entirely from limestone and marble and using unique construction techniques for the vaulting and the dome of the Cathedral. The barrel roof is made from a line of enormous stone slabs. The execution of the cupola is considered one of the best achievements of Renaissance architecture. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, also illustrate …

Fortresses in Šibenik

Šibenik is called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city). It is the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic. In the town of Šibenik there are four fortresses: St. Nicholas Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Nikole), St. Michael Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Mihovila), St. John Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Ivana) and Šubićevac Fortress. St. Michael's fortress was built between 13th and 18th century on a steep hill 60 m above sea level, overlooking the estuary of the Krka river. The main gothic entrance is on the eastern side. Inside the fortress there are 2 water tanks, which were used by the soldiers. The other necessary chambers like bedrooms, storages and similar rooms are not preserved. From the walls is a wonderful view of the of Šibenik and the Kornati archipelago.

Linked to: Adriatic Sea

Winter in Beskidy Mountains

Beskidy Mountains are known for its romantic peaks, hillside timbered cottages, cosy mountain hotels, scenic hiking-trails, and the hospitality of its people. At the end of autumn hillsides of mountains become blanketed with snow and the whole area starts to change into a winter wonderland. It is an ideal holiday destination for anyone who loves active relaxation.

Linked to : Hiking trail, Gorce Mountains, Żywiec Beskids


Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, beautiful located at the base of Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze (2961 m). The city consists of of the two towns: Garmisch (in the west) and Partenkirchen (in the east) which still maintain quite separate identities. The towns remained separate until were forced by Adolf Hitler to combine the two market towns in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games.

Garmisch is located idyllically on the banks of the 114-kilometer-long River Loisach. The main attractions are picturesque old houses particularly in lovely Frühlingstrasse. Other tourist attractions are the New Parish Church, St. Martin's, built in 1733 and boasting a rich Baroque interior, and the 15th-century Old Parish Church (Alte Pfarrkirche) with its Gothic wall paintings. Partenkirchen, lies between the river Partnach and the Wank mountains. Highlights include the handsome Town Hall (Rathaus) from 1935, and the pilgrimage church of St. A…

Skradinski buk (Krka National Park)

Krka National Park is one of the most beautiful Croatian national parks. The most attractive and the most frequently visited parts of the park is Skradinski buk. There are 17 waterfalls on the Krka River in an area 400 m. The total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m. The cascades are composed of travertine barriers, islands, and lakes. The waterfalls are easily accessed. They can be viewed throughout the entire year thanks to a network of paths and bridges that enable comfortable and safe walking.

Linked to: Waterfalls of the Krka River

More photos: My website: Chorwacja

Hiking trail

Hiking in Canada and the USA is the preferred term for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside. On the other hand in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the term walking is used to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or trekking in the Alps. The word hiking is also sometimes used in the UK, along with rambling, hillwalking, and fell walking. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping.  In the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and United Kingdom, hiking refers to walking outdoors on a trail, or off trail, for recreational purposes. A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day. However, in the United Kingdom, the word walking is also used, as well as rambling, while walking in mountainous areas is called hillwalking.  Trekking is the preferred word used to describe multi-day hiking in the mountainous regions of India, Pakistan, Nepal, North America, South Am…

Automotive and Technology Museum in Otrębusy

The Automotive and Technology Museum is located in Otrebusy, a little town just outside of Warsaw. The museum was established in 1995 and is a private venture of automotive enthusiasts. At this time, it is the home of around 300 old cars, motorbikes, trucks, and armored vehicles. It is the one of the largest museum of its kind in Europe.

It is a not typical museum, but it is definitely worth to see a rich collections of vintage cars including a ford mustang 1970, mercedes benz pullman 1936, bmw dixi. We will also find here the cars driven once by such stars as - Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and also the cars, which served the communist leaders, such as a Stalin's ZIS convertible, pink Buick Skylark once owned by Cyrankiewicz (prime minister of the People's Republic of Poland between 1947 and 1952), or Austin Six – the owner of which was Bierut (President of the People's Republic of Poland after Word War II). It is worth to see also the oldest car in Poland, the Germa…

Tenement houses in Zamość

The tenement houses with the arcades are the most characteristic features of architecture of Zamość. Up to 55 tenement houses were preserved in Zamość, and this is the biggest number of that kind of buildings in Poland. The arcades were introduced by the main designer of the city Bernardo Morando. Morando also established the general design of the tenement house. Apart from arcades, attics and wide, horizontal frieze under the windows on the first floor were obligatory.

One of 55 beautiful Renaissance tenement houses is called Rektorska Pharmacy. The Rektorska Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacies in Poland. It was founded in 1609 by Szymon Piechowicz, a physician, professor and Rector of the Zamojska Academy. Each of successive owners was a pharmacist and the pharmacy has never stopped to sell medicines to residents, remaining at the same location, in a corner of the Great Market Square. At the end of the 19th century the pharmacy ran Hygienic Station, i.e. one of the first laborat…

Zamość - the city of arcades

Zamość is a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe. The Large Market in Zamość dates back to 16th century and is one of the most wonderful European squares. The town hall is surrounded by numerous picturesque, unusually colourful tenements, decorated arcades thanks to which Zamość is also known as a town of arcades. These are exactly the tenements, which have their own names, stories and peculiar climate that characterize the town. Old Town in Zamość was voted one of of the seven cultural wonders located in Poland (The Seven Wonders of Poland). Zamość is one of the must-see cities being in Poland!

Linked to: Zamość - the ideal city

You might also like other articles aboutbeautiful Polish townsand cities (click)
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Adriatic Sea

The Adriatic Sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea. There are over 1,300 islands, mostly located along its eastern coast. The Adriatic collects a third of the fresh water flowing into the Mediterranean, that’s why salinity is lower than the Mediterranean's. It is warm sea and the surface water temperatures generally range from 12°C to 24°C. The sea is abundant in flora and fauna - more than 7,000 species are identified as native to the Adriatic. For this reasons fisheries and tourism are significant sources of income all along the Adriatic coast (Source: Wikipedia).

Linked to: Primošten, Kaštel Gomilica, Makarska Riviera, Biokovo

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