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Saffron conspiracies - a symbol of spring in the Polish mountains

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Saffron conspiracies (Crocus scepusiensis) (Polish: krokus spiski or szafran spiski) is a species in Family Iridaceae. The name of "Crocus" is derived from Greek word "kroke" (thread, floss). This beautiful violet-colored flower occurs in the Western Carpathians. In Poland crocus flower most often grows in the Tatra Mountains and also in the other mountains e.g. Żywiec Beskids (mountainsides of Pilsko and Wielka Racza), Gorce, Beskid Wyspowy, Small Beskid (Leskowiec). Sometimes we encounter white crocus - albino. Saffron conspiracies blooms usually around 2-3 weeks. It is strictly protected in Poland.






Scotland's rocky coastline

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Scotland's coasts and seas are beautiful and very varied. There are the rocky shores in the west coastline (see also: Most beautiful coastline in the world). There are several cliff-top blow-holes. The coast has a complex geology, and the sea has exploited the softer rocks and lines of weakness to produce a spectacularly varied landscape. Structural features of sea cliffs include not only the expected caves and overhangs, but also spectacular natural arches and bridges, and even flying buttresses. There are several cliff-top blow-holes. In the east, the predominantly low-lying coastline is dominated by sandy beaches.




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Karkonosze Mountains. Late autumn in the forest

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The Karkonosze Mountains are among the World Biosphere Reserves. In terms of the richness and rarity of flora, the Karkonosze rank third in Poland, after the Tatra Mountains and the Pieniny Mountains. The Karkonoski National Park protects many rare species facing extinction, among them endemic and relic species included in the Polish Red Book.  However, the easily accessible lower parts of the mountains have been significantly changed.

The most heavily transformed by man is the flora in the lower subalpine level (400-800 m above sea level). There are mostly spruces here, introduced by man in the 19th century. Small fragments of primeval beech-fir-pine forest have been preserved in the area of National Park and other several places.



ABC Wednesday

Val di Mazia

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The Ötztal Alps are a mountain range in the Central Eastern Alps, in the State of Tyrol in southern Austria and the Province of South Tyrol in northern Italy. Into the heart of the Italian part of Ötztal Alps is located the Val di Mazia. The beautiful valley of the Saldur river is located north from Solderno. The Val di Mazia stretches up to the Palla Bianca (3,700 m asl), and the upper part is characterised by charming Alpine pastures. The several hiking routes and Alpine trails stretch in the surroundings and provide hiking destinations in all difficulty levels.




Snowy Ponds in Karkonosze Mountains

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Snowy Ponds are the small natural reservuars with crystal clear water, are located at the bottom of the Great Snowy Cirque in the Karkonosze Mountains. Snowy Ponds were formed during the last phase of the glacial period and are an example of the alpine landscape in Karkonosze.


It is possible to reach the Snowy Ponds following green trail from Hala Pod Łabskim Szczytem along the path along subalpine forests (so called, “Ścieżka nad reglami”).This difficult trail is closed in winter.





Polish–Czech Friendship Trail, Karkonosze Mountains

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My favourite mountain range - the Karkonosze Mountains are the highest part of Sudetes mountains stretching horisontally from south-western Poland along the northern border of the Czech Republic to eastern Germany.


Karkonosze Mountain are visited by more than 1.5 million tourists yearly. They can use 112 kilometres of walking paths, 10 ski lifts and 12 mountain huts and hotels. The most picturesque hiking trail named The Polish–Czech Friendship Trail (Czech: Cesta česko-polského přátelství, Polish: Droga Przyjaźni Polsko-Czeskiej) runs on both sides of the Czech–Polish border, along the main ridge and crosses or traverses all its summits. The level of its difficulty is moderateIn, but the winter time it is available only for qualified tourists.



Zwierzyniec - the Pearl of Roztocze Region

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Zwierzyniec is the picturesque town-garden located in the Roztocze Region (Eastern part of Poland). The settlement was established by Great Crown Chancellor and Hetman Jan Zamoyski at the end of the 16th century. He built a wooden manor house here, surrounded by a small zoological garden. In the 17th century the manor house was changed into a palace. Near the palace was dug artificial lake with a number of small islands. On the island the Zamoyskis built a baroque chapel, which became later the main church of the local Catholic parish. It is now known as the St John Nepomucene's parish church (or a church on water). The access to the chapel island is now via a bridge.


Many of the buildings of Zamojski Ordynance have been preserved till today. There is a brewery from 1802 and a masonry tavern from the beginning of the 19th century. In the beautiful antique wooden House of the Plenipotentiary is located a head office of the Roztocze National Park. The park was created in 1974 a…
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