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Flights over the river


Sunsets over the Nida Valley

The Nida is a river in central Poland, a left tributary of the Vistula river. The Nida has a length of 151 kilometres and is made of two smaller rivers, the White Nida and the Black Nida, which merge in the upper part of the basin. The geographical region through which Nida flows is called Ponidzie (Nida Riverside). 

In the north, the region is marked by carbonate and gypsum rocks, while in the south the landscape is flat. The valley of the Nida is wide and covered with meadows and pastures. The bottom of the valley is flat and wet, with peat appearing in several locations in the former oxbow lakes. There was established three landscape parks and several nature reserves in the Ponidzie. 

Ponidzie in the late Middle Ages, it was one of the most important regions of the Kingdom of Poland. There are ancient Lesser Poland towns of Pińczow, Wiślica and Nowy Korczyn located on the banks of the river Nida.

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Summer beginning

Summer in Poland starts in June and is typically the warmest and brightest season of the year. The month of June is the strawberry season in Poland. You will find them everywhere. From strawberry smoothies and strawberry pierogi, to being sold at outdoor markets. 

July is supposedly the hottest month of the year, however, there is a possibility of a mild summer, when it winds from the West. Then it can be pretty cold and wet. But usually, they are good solid summers. The average temperatures are 25 degrees Celsius, which makes this season the best moment to travel and enjoy the beauty of Poland. 

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Longing for travel

My dream is to travel. Travelling makes me feel free. I desire the freedom to explore, to see the world in all its glory. 

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Moritzburg Castle - beautiful example of Saxon Baroque style

About 13 kilometres north-west of the Dresden is located Baroque castle Morizburg. It is one of the most picturesque castles in Saxony, Germany. The castle lies on a symmetrical artificial island and has four round towers that beautifully reflect in the blue water of the pond. It is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, who had a hunting lodge built in the Renaissance style on a granite dome in 1542. The surrounding woodlands and lakes have been a favourite hunting area of the electors and kings of Saxony. 

Between 1661 and 1671 the Baroque chapel was added to the castle. The chapel was consecrated in a Catholic rite in 1697 during the coronation of Augustus the Strong to the King of Poland. 

Augustus the Strong in 1723 began the large renovation work from Renaissance to Baroque hunting and pleasure palace. During the reconstruction works the large pond surrounding the castle’s artificial island was built from what was originally four smaller ponds. One alley running directly east visua…

Palace in Mała Wieś - beautiful monument of classicism in Poland

Mała Wieś is a small village located 50 km south of Warsaw, near Grójec. In the village is located a beautiful palace surrounded by an English-style park, a French garden, as well as a fruit farm, and ponds. The facility is located on the edge of the larch reserve. The palace is one of the most beautiful monuments of classicism in Poland, which after the renovation is returning to its former glory.

History The palace in Mała Wieś was built in the end of 18th century on the place of the wooden manor house of Walicki family. The Walicki family distinguished by their great patriotism. Bazyli Walicki was the voivode of Rawa Voivodeship and participant of the Four-Year Sejm. Bazyli, and friend and counsellor to Polish King Stanisław August Poniatowski, begun a tradition of hosting distinguished and famous individuals in the palace. The king himself have visited palace in Mała Wieś.

The Palace has been owned by the same family for 159 years. Later on, it was owned by such known aristocratic…

Azalea and Rhododendron Park in Kromlau, Germany

Kromlau is a small and charming village located in the municipality of Gablenz, Germany, less than 6 kilometres from the Polish border. In Kromlau is one of the largest landscape parks in Saxony. The park lies in the Muskau Arch area (learn more at:Muskau Arch - UNESCO Global Geopark). The park is a beautiful example of an English garden and has many small ponds and lakes. The Azalea and Rhododendron Park in Kromlau was commissioned by Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke, the knight of Kromlau, in the middle of the 19th century. 

The Rötschke's landscape park was created after location of Fürst-Pückler-Park in Muskau (lick learn more at: Muskau Park - World Heritage Site). The "little Pückler" spared a little bit of money. Rare woody plants, mythological and rococo statues, basalt caves as well as a bow bridge of stone blocks and basalt stone were design elements of his park. He also built the hunting lodge in the park and surrounded it with flower beds. 

In April 1889 the park…
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