Author: Off the Beaten Track

In the Middle of Nowhere. Following the Road through Zbraslav [Czech Republic]

No matter what is the final destination, a trip can bring you to many other sites which are simply too unknown to be chosen for the place to visit but still worth to stop for a while. Zbraslav is a small village in the western part of the Czech Republic that I visited on the way to the church of ghosts, quite famous decaying temple in the area. The thing making this settlement so unforgettable was its remoteness—there was nothing else around apart from forests and fields surrounding a few old buildings lost in the middle of nowhere.

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Hidden Behind the Vines. Inside a Decaying Village House [Poland]

Just another decaying village house situated somewhere in Poland. Not much was left inside apart from one messy but still fully furnished room. Despite being taken over by decay it was still quietly whispering about the times when the place was not bitten by time. However, quite a huge should be overcome in order to hear this story.

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A Story of One Staircase. Exploring a Beautiful Decaying Villa [Czech Republic]

No matter how empty a building is and how bare its walls are, it still can have something that will force to stop there for a while. That is the best way to describe in a few words an abandoned villa hiding somewhere in the Czech Republic. The place is lack of almost everything inside, however, it still has a stunning staircase which can easily take the breath away.

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Taken over by Rust. A Cemetery of Old Cars [Czech Republic]

Once fast and shiny vehicles, today rusty wrecks stuck between thick bushes. A cemetery of decaying cars in the Czech Republic contains plenty of decaying automobiles and their quantity in this relatively small place definitely takes the breath away. The photos below show some of the wrecks counting their last days on this a bit unusual graveyard.

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Before Heat Came. The Bagry Lake in Early Spring [Krakow, Poland]

A perfect example of the influence a time of the year may have on a place. The Bagry Lake is one of the liveliest and most crowded sites in Krakow (Poland) during warm summer days, however, it is completely different before the hot season starts. Going there during a gloomy spring day, when the lakeside is still grey and empty, makes an impression of a journey to a different dimension. Entering it lets see another, spooky face of the site which reminds nothing of the joyful one seen during summertime.

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While the Colours Are Still Bright. Exploring a Recently Abandoned Village House [Poland]

After seeing village houses usually abandoned since dozens of years and furnished in an old fashioned way, a real surprise was to enter one with a few relatively modern details inside and taken over by decay quite recently. The almighty time had not managed to bit the interior of the building too much yet, so it was still possible to have a short glimpse on the life in this place when it was in use. That is, in a few words, a story of a decaying house found in a village in Southern Poland.

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A Creepy Doll Lives Here. An Abandoned House on the Snowy Hill [Poland]

It was a dusky December afternoon. The sun was getting closer to the horizon painting everything with dark shades and that day’s trip to South-eastern Poland was going to the end. However, a small abandoned house on the hill near the road made us stop and have a look inside. Quite cosy at first sight and bright from the outside, mainly because of its white walls, it had a completely different, gloomy atmosphere behind its decaying doors.

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Following Random Streets. The Undiscovered Side of Baranavichy [Belarus]

I often go to some places having without any special plan to explore them, only because they are on my way to other destinations. Baranavichy, a city in the southwestern part of Belarus, was not an exception—I went there while travelling to other places. Having no plan to explore the area at all, the best ‘plan’ that I found is simply to follow random streets and in this way reaching the side of the town that only locals know.

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The Dusty Greenness. An Abandoned Manor House in the Park [Lithuania]

An abandoned manor house surrounded by a beautiful park is probably the most famous site in a small village in Lithuania where it is situated. As it often happens when decay takes over the place, the building is empty and grey inside. However, there are still a few beautiful details inside taking breath away despite the poor condition of the building.

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