Author: Off the Beaten Track

A Dry Fir and Shiny Baubles. The Christmas Spirit Imprisoned in the Decaying Church [Czech Republic]

It was just another abandoned church hiding in some village in the Czech Republic. The same as in case of other forgotten sacral places, there was a beauty flowing from its bitten by time walls and decaying interior. However, this decaying temple had also something more—a detail that made it stuck in mind for a long time after leaving the site.

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Only Memories Have Left. A Pet Cemetery in the Forest [Chișinău, Moldova]

After visiting a few pet cemeteries in Poland (the old one as well as its new part) and Lithuania and finding so much of weirdness there, it was a must for me to explore also the one in Chișinău (Moldova). This place was not that easy to find, as the mentioned graveyard is not official one, thus it has no website with directions, maps and other information that would help to get there. Luckily, thanks to a few fairly reliable details about the site I managed to define the exact location of the cemetery. So, being in Chișinău, I left the city centre and followed the path leading to the weird graveyard. 

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Memento Mori. A Decaying Family Chapel [Moldova]

A decaying family chapel on the cemetery in one of the big cities in Moldova appeared to be much more impressive than it seemed to be at first sight. It was definitely worth to enter the old graveyard and follow the track leading to a significantly bitten by time building. 

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Following Empty Roads. A Few Sights from Țaul [Moldova]

It had been already some time since Moldova appeared on my bucket list before I finally visited it. Probably the best way to describe this country is as the place which is special because of having nothing special at all, apart from its unique atmosphere. That is why when I went there, I chose the backroads crossing empty fields and leading to remote villages. One of the settlements I visited was Țaul, situated on the north of the country.

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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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