Having lived in Poland for 4 years, I feel I’ve experienced the best and worst of this amazing country. Poland has a little bit of everything, from stunning coastlines up North, jagged mountain peaks to the South, and thousands of miles of forests, lakes and flat lands in between. It’s also very welcoming of most foreigners, especially nowadays, with Warsaw being one of the most multi-cultural cities I know.
I’ve seen most of the country by now, and we tend to go back at least once a year to visit friends and family, but the Grand tour of 2017 is probably the best holiday / experience I’ve ever had of Poland. Over 2000km and stopping over in 7 locations, and doing it all with my Parents along for the ride. Great times! You can read more on this, and the Cities I’ve visited, below.
I'll be honest, my first ever impression of Warsaw was not a positive one. Back in 2006, travelling in from Germany by train, the track passed through some of the roughest and most run down areas I’d seen in a city to date, filled with abandoned buildings, graffiti, and grey as a Winter’s day in a Tim Burton film!... Read More
My Parents had been to Poland once, back in 2011 when me and Asia got married, and ever since then had wanted to come back one more time, to see more of this wonderful country. So we planned, and we saved, and in the end we managed to get them tickets to come over for our Grand Tour. It was a three week long adventure, starting in Warsaw, heading up through Mazury to Gdansk... Read More
Gdansk... Read More
Krakow... Read More
Zakopane, and more specifically the Tatra Mountains, is easily my favourite part of Poland.
If I think about it, it's the part of the country that reminds me most of my favourite part of South Africa, the Drakensberg; Proper mountains, deep valleys, lush forest, hidden waterfalls! If anything, while not as tall as the Drakensberg, the Tatra's are even more dramatic... Read More
Lublin is one of Poland's oldest cities, and is easily one of its most beautiful. It's also my wife's home town, so happily we have reason to visit every time we go to Poland on holiday.
Situated 100 miles South East of Warsaw, it is a fairly large city, and once served as the Capital of Poland. Today, it is a University town, with up to a third of its residents being students... Read More