Author: Off the Beaten Track

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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The Dance of Sunlight. The Anna and Erazm Jerzmanowski Park [Krakow, Poland]

Time of the day is an element rarely taken into consideration when going to visit some place and is never treated as a part of it. However, it is also the one which has so strong impact on the site, that can turn it into a fairytale scenery. Photos below show the Anna and Erazm Jerzmanowski Park in Krakow (Poland) seen in an early October morning.

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Cats in the Window. An Old House near the Rails [Krakow, Poland]

What can make you stop by some place while following a backroad? Sometimes it is just a peaceful nature corner, a rail track crossing it, and an old house with a couple of cats sitting in its decaying window.

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The Art of Sorrow. Part 2: The New Pet Cemetery ‘Psi Los’ [Konik Nowy, Poland]

The continuation of the old pet cemetery ‘Psi Los’ in Konik Nowy (Poland)—its new part (more about the old cemetery here). It is much smaller than the previously mentioned old one but the site is expanding—more an more of the land there is becoming covered with at the same time gloomy and cheerful little graves. Despite its small size the cemetery already consists of plenty of weird tombs surprising any visitor of the place.

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The Art of Sorrow. Part 1: The Old Pet Cemetery ‘Psi Los’ [Konik Nowy, Poland]

Whichever place I visit, I always show its most interesting details. However, I will not even try to fool you that I attempted to do it this time, as in case of a site I wanted to present now it was simply impossible. The mentioned place is the pet cemetery ‘Psi Los’, situated in Konik Nowy, a village near Warsaw (Poland), consisting of two a bit remote from each other parts (the old and new cemetery), and full of the details turning it into a really weird place.

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An Abandoned Church on the Hill. One More Story of Decay [Czech Republic]

It was a gloomy day and better weather would definitely make a trip nicer, especially as it was a long walk through villages and areas which can be simply named as the middle of nowhere. However, after reaching the place it appeared that the grey sky perfectly filled the scenery where the final destination of the journey was situated. This place was an old decaying church on the hill, still carefully covered with greyness, so common for the beginning of spring, and together with the colourless clouds making this site even a bit frightening.

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