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.
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.
A few sights from the Prokocim District in Krakow (Poland) taken in different times of a year, exploring its farthest corners.
An urban-type settlement in Grodno Region of Belarus, counting 5400 inhabitants. Plenty of wooden houses situated along its street make it similar to a peaceful and remote village. A few sights from this idyllic place on the photos below.
Płazów is situated within Subcarpatian Voivodeship in south-eastern Poland.
In XVII-XVIII century it was a town and, despite never getting significant meaning, it still was vibrant local craft and trade centre. Płazów lost its town privilegies at the end of XVIII century and today it’s a village with population of 480 inhabitants.
If by some reason you come to Płazów, it’s worth to have a look on an abandoned Orthodox church here as well as another, Catholic church, which is still in use and cemetery or just have a walk on the streets of the village where still you can see some old houses.
Lanckorona is a village located 30 kilometres south-west of Kraków in Lesser Poland. It lies on the Skawinka river, among the hills of the Beskids. It is known for the Lanckorona Castle, today in ruins. Apart from the castle, you can also find there well preserved 19th century wooden houses, situated in the centre of the village, which, as well as a beautiful view on the area around from there, makes Lanckorona worth to see place.
Piekary is a village on the Vistula river situated near Kraków. When you are here, it is worth to visit an abandoned neo-gothic villa (built in the middle of XIX century) and some old buildings around surrounded by a huge park.
Pleszów is a former village which currently is a part of Kraków (Poland). The first thing which you see when you are here is a great industrial place—Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks which makes the area around look grey and gloomy.
Tyniec is a historic village in Poland on the Vistula river, since 1973 a part of the city Krakow (currently in the district of Dębniki).
The Port Baikal in Russia is a settlement located near the Lake Baikal on the left bank of the Angara River. Rare ferry connections mean that Port Baikal remains largely uncommercialised, lacking tourist attractions and also crowds. At the same time it makes the place popular with more meditative visitors. First thing which you see there after getting out of the ferry is rusting watercrafts which make this place look a bit industrial. The view around changes when you leave the port—going further you’ll see a settlement of old wooden houses. Describing this area it’s also hard not to mention the nature there, which together with the great Lake Baikal makes this place especially beautiful.