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Zakopane!

Our vacation to a few European countries some years back evokes fond memories even today. One of the places we visited during the last leg of our trip was Zakopane in Poland . We were five families, totalling about 16 members who traveled together from India. It was a picnic all the way with great company, fun, games and bonding  🙂

Nestled in a valley between the majestic Tatra mountains and Gubalowka Hills, Zakopane is located at the southernmost region of Poland, bordering Slovakia. A popular tourist destination, summers are a good time for treks and hiking while winter attracts the ski lovers.

Leaving behind the architectural marvel of Krakow, we started for Zakopane after our lunch. The drive was a pleasant one.  Bright and sunny, with a nip in the air, excellent roads and the natural scenic beauty of the place kept us delighted.  As we approached Zakopane, the weather was becoming colder. The lush green grass meadows, the quaint sloped roof houses and the majestic mountains welcomed us to this beautiful tourist destination.

After a sumptuous breakfast the next morning, we headed to the foothills of the mountains for the eagerly awaited trek. The trek in the Koscieliska Valley was an exhilarating one. The scenic trail presented a breath taking view, with gurgling streams and several caves enroute to the tranquil lake beyond the valley. Enjoying the company of friends  helped us complete the day long trek with ease. Surprisingly none of us were tired at the end of the day. The reason for that I guess was that the air there was so fresh and pure, devoid of any kind of pollutants!

Next morning was an exciting one.  The expedition to one of the highest peak in the Tatra mountains, the Kasprowy Wierch. The route was covered by cable car upto 1900 meters and then we trekked up to reach the peak at 2012 meters. The Kaspowry Wierch is a half Polish half Slovakian mountain with the border visible from the top of the peak. At the peak, the cold wind was blowing so hard that it was difficult to keep balance. On the other side was the view of  Slovakia. It was truly a top of the world feeling with all of us singing “Brawo! Brawo! Brawoossimo!” a song sung by the Polish scouts to applaud a courageous effort!

The next day was spent in local sightseeing .The distinctive cottages and the architectural style which was inspired by folk traditions were impressive. Evening was spent in playing games and fun activities.

Next morning did some retail therapy in the buzzing market place, before heading back to the airport for our return trip, with beautiful memories in heart!

 

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57 comments on “Zakopane!

  1. pinnish!
    March 30, 2017

    Beautifully described Radhika. I’m in love with these sloping roofs, the clear skies and the greenery in these places. Like almost out of a picture book not touched by pollutants or even remoty by dust …

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 30, 2017

      Yes Ash. Such a beautiful place, the air was so fresh and clean. A total contrast from the chaotic Indian cities. Like it you said, it almost gave us a feeling of visiting a place from a fairy tale book 😊

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  2. yassy
    March 30, 2017

    Awesome

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  3. Shweta Suresh
    March 30, 2017

    Wow the place is so beautiful. That must have been a great experience! Thanks for sharing ☺

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  4. kittysverses
    March 30, 2017

    Beautifully described! I want to plan my next trip there. Thanks Radhika ,for sharing your experiences and pictures.

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  5. Monika Sharma
    March 30, 2017

    Beautiful pictures 👍

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  6. Wow, so beautiful 🙂🙂
    Did you get to sit on that European ghoda gaadi?😀😀

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 30, 2017

      Breathtakingly beautiful R! Unfortunately no time for ghoda gadi ride. I just clicked that once we came down from tatra mountains!

      Like

  7. Subhash
    March 30, 2017

    Europe has so much to explore, thanks for the nice pics and post.

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  8. Purva Abhyankar
    March 30, 2017

    Beautiful place and it’s description! You feel rejuvenated after visiting such full-of-nature places! Thanks for sharing!

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 30, 2017

      Absolutely. None of us were tired after the day long physical activities. We found it so relaxing to be one with nature. Thanks a lot Purva 😊

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  9. daneelyunus
    March 30, 2017

    Beautiful place and describe also very beautifully Radhika

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  10. Andrei
    March 30, 2017

    Wow. You might as well consider writing travelogues Radhika 🙂
    This is very well-written. You did justice to the awesomeness of the places you’ve been to.
    The experience must have been pretty amazing for you!

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 30, 2017

      That’s a huge compliment Andrei. Thank you so much 🙂 🙂
      When the beauty of a place leaves you mesmerized, I think the feeling just flows on to your words!

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  11. thinkinkadia
    March 30, 2017

    Very nice trip down memory lane …
    And, the by lanes of Zakopane!

    The serene mountains, tall evergreens,
    cave, and inviting flowers …
    Lovely! Thanks for the virtual trip😉

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  12. Madhusudan Singh
    March 30, 2017

    Beautiful……

    Liked by 1 person

  13. totallytales
    March 30, 2017

    Thatz such a wonderful description, and the clicks are amazing too… Loved this post! And thank you for sharing your experience, i love reading travelogues 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Deepika Kumaaraguru
    March 30, 2017

    Very, very beautiful photos, Radhika 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. DeepikasRamblings
    March 30, 2017

    I could breathe the fresh air, reading your post. Europe has a lot for us to see ,explore and enjoy. Beautiful pics and nice post, Radhika.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Anindya
    March 30, 2017

    Lovely photos Radhika and wonderful write up. ….

    Liked by 1 person

  17. bhavki
    March 30, 2017

    Wow …beautiful place

    Liked by 1 person

  18. gururaghavendrasevashrama
    March 31, 2017

    An extremely realistic travelogue. I felt i was with you all ……all the way.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Feel like visited the place,

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  20. Divya Deepak Rao
    April 1, 2017

    Beautiful place & such a lovely article Radhika😊 The pictures are stunning as is your description! The mountains are breathtaking!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Kim Richardson
    April 1, 2017

    How stunning is that scenery?! It sounds like a wonderful couple of days, with great company, beautiful views and a sense of achievement with that hike!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. thewritewomanblog
    April 2, 2017

    Beautiful pictures and a lovely write up, Radhika. The fun, scenic beauty and the wonderful time with friends is palpable in your writing. Every pictures seems to be like the perfect artist’s creative imagination. The picture of the caves, however, is amazing.

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  23. Beautiful place. The pictures along with your narration have made it a virtual tour for me… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Abhay
    April 7, 2017

    Lovely collection

    Liked by 1 person

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