Tour de Pologne 2017 starts tomorrow!

I highly recommend to watch this interesting video, unfortunately the speaker has been speaking only in Polish, but I think sometimes words are not very important. It’s very easy to watch it without understanding, because the sights and emotions have been strong enough… I really love sport and in particular I’m dead keen on cycling, as I have mentioned several times before.

The video is a short history of the Tour the Pologne, truly in a nutshell, you might see many unique, old tv recordings. This year it starts for the 74 time, so look how old it is! And Tour de Pologne is a member of UCI World Tour, in other words – Tour de Pologne is a part of 14 most prestigious tours in cycling.

Tommorow we will watch the first stage, in Cracow, and this time in general they will ride across Southern Poland, first Kraków, then Silesia, and finally in Polish Tatra Mountains. The tour lasts one week, although this year seems to be really difficult,  not to mention how beautiful parts of Poland we will see. Rafał Majka, Polish famous cyclist, who is the bronze medalist from Rio de Janeiro has taken the participation, so he is  already all right after that dreadful fall during Tour de France this season. Also Nibali, Peter Sagan and many others stars! So, while you have the possibility in your country to watch Tour de Pologne in tv or via YT, don’t miss it. I think it is truly wortwhile.

And I’ve seen the boar once again. It has happened a few days ago, so remains quite fresh story. As many of you might know, I am meeting a wild boar or a small herd, from time to time, here in Warsaw. Usually they are strolling in my neighbourhood in the nighttime. This time the same, it was after midnight. I noticed my dog is observing someting into the darkness very carefully, and I was following her look. The boar was quite close to us! Although we were not alone, a few young men had been spending their time on the bench, drinking beer ( I guess it was more than one beer) and eating potato snacks… Certainly they also noticed the boar, because they shouted ” Dzik! Dzik!” ( dzik is wild boar in Polish). Then they got the idiotic idea of running in the boar’s direction, with their cell phones and tablets ready to snap a photo. Fortunately, they made him run … He disappeared somewhere into the oak’s grove.

Sitting in the kitchen: March

March is going to the end and spring has been here for a few days, as well. However, in an early springtime the  weather conditions are very bothering, sometimes even miserable, because we experience a huge daily differences of temperatures and often is very windy. That chilly wind in March! I find it quite romantic ( good for reading a book under a blanket ), but from the other side I have to keep my wintercoat in the corridor, is very usual for evening stroll with my dog. But some flowers are already in bloom, a trees are covered with lovely green leaves ( looks so fresh) ,and birds are about to start their nesting season. My dog found a bone outside and has eaten it. She was also into the pond, she did it a few times, although she’s not in the habit of swimming there. She only uses to  stand and drink this water with great pleasure. I respect that wild custom, nevertheless I have purchased for her the filter, which is making water free from heavy metals, detergents etc. so I think is better for her to drink at home… Anyhow I must admit in this pond water seems to be quite clear.

My dog is one of the reasons I cannot travel. I have been not travelling lately due to many reasons, also my mother is retired and I want to be in touch with her everyday. Thus, I rather read your travel blogs than I travel by myself. And while you cannot travel, you always can dream about it… Planning new trips! Being in Poland, I often dream of a voyage in February or in March. As I mentioned in the post last month, these seasons here are dull, awful, and very windy! Every year I have been thinking : ” Right now it is been a perfect time for my vacation!”. And I cannot go. India! Southern Portugal! Sunshine, warmth and amazing, exotic flavours and colours!

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I think Portugal is much more safe than India, especially for a budget trip. To be frank, I cannot imagine myself in India on a budget trip. This is very dangerous for women, and I am sure that the only one way is to get a luxury trip there. A luxury trip… I mean to say, I will again buy a couple of books about India, along with some Bolly movies. End of the story – especially if you earn your money in Poland. Well, maybe I am grumpy at the moment, but if I have not enough money for rent a room in a five-stars hotel in Goa ( for a month, because  flying is expensive), I  not travel at all. ( It looks like I never will ).

So, Southern Portugal is closer, and it seems is much easier to reach this destination. I am not sure I am a massive lover of the cousine in Portugal, but despite of it, I think it’s absolutely worthwhile. Southern Portugal is the most warm place in Europe, during all winter. Only there you can wear sandals and summer dresses all a winter season long… I know about lovely rural houses in Portugal you can rent for Christmas, when the orange trees are in fruit in Portugal, or you could spend some time there in winter, with both swimming pool and central heating.

From the other side, today is 20 C here in Warsaw, so it must be the turn of the tide, don’t you…

 

Kraków in Fałat’s art

Thus, another week has gone! So maybe is closer to spring…  Julian Fałat is one of my favourite Polish painters, despite of the fact he had been painting also huntings, indeed cruel situations ( I believe he did it for money), but the rest is superb and brilliant. So we are in the XIX century right now. And in Cracow, looks like winter…

When I was a child I was spending a part of my vacations in Cracow every summer, because my auntie Jasia had been lived there, in very old, mysterious house ( with awesome wooden balcony, very long, and while you reached the end of the balcony, there was something called “spiżarnia” or “gross kamera” – the amazing pantry with huge amount of big jars with cucambers in brine or confitures). Auntie Jasia ( Jane) was a very classy lady and she was an actress in her younger years. Then she married my uncle Walter who was in a half Austrian and his mother lived in Vienna. He was the only one from my family who had been arrested during II  world war, he spent all the time in “oflag” ( German nazi camp for officers). He was an officer of Polish army. Then he had a cafe on Floriańska street, along with my granddad, until comunists nationalized it – not  long time, only a several years.

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Then, while I became a teen I was travelling to Kraków as often as I could. I remember bad times in Kraków and good times there, in this unique place on Earth. I know a part of my soul is always close to Kraków for some reasons. When I was a student I was spending there almost every weekend. And if it comes to talk about J. Fałat paintings I want to make more posts on him. He had been living and painting in many places, not only in Kraków. ( The last painting I have from Pinterest, and it is from some deleted blog, so I skip the caption)

Here is getting warmer right now. Melting snow is rather ugly, but I feel spring in air, maybe too early!

In Kraków people are a little bit thrifty, and very proud that they are from Kraków. They usually don’t like us, people from Warsaw, and they consider themselves as better, because Kraków is older Polish capital and gla, gla… One time I asked one old man in Kraków, how to go somewhere, I don’t remember… He told me what I needed but was worrying and added : ” But that is very far! You have to wait for the tram!  ” and I said: ” Why?” – ” Because it takes 15 minutes by foot!!!” – he was really scared. LOL! 15 min by foot that is next to nothing! I am from Warsaw – here half an hour by foot is very close.