You can never know what is hiding behind high fences of possessions when you walk along the street – the same as it happened to me when passing through Dobczyce, a small town in southern Poland. The thing that attracted my attention and made me take a closer look on the place was a toy dog-basketball player put in a fancy swing. On my way through small towns and villages I’d already seen plenty of garden decorations but there was something about the mentioned dog in the swing suggesting that there was something more behind the fence than just ordinary garden sculptures.
When you walk along one the streets of Kamienna Góra (Poland) and look around carefully, you can find an extraordinary and a bit creepy garden near one of the houses surrounding the street. The thing which catches your attention passing through this place is its ‘inhabitants’ – old garden sculptures and toys, including a few ducks, once bright-colored gnomes, a sad Teddy bear and the creepiest one – a doll with a piece of wood instead of the body.
When you’re passing through Rváčov (Czech Republic), you’ll definitely see a strange house at the end of the village. The first thing which attracts your attention is a huge tree with plenty of dolls hanged on its branches. Going further you’ll see a house with, again, hundreds of dolls and other toys in front of it. Most of them are old and dirty, covered with dust, many are naked, with some parts as legs or hands missing. The eerie toys create an incredibly spooky atmosphere which you can’t forget even long time after leaving this place, as well as all the creepiness there makes you wonder, who and why is keeping such unusual collection?
An unofficial cemetery for pets in Vilnius. Several small graves decorated with toys, some candles and pets’ photos, as well as the forest surrounding the place create a really unusual atmosphere there. The place is a bit messy—nobody cared to put graves in a few straight lines instead of spreading them everywhere and toys on graves look a bit weird but, despite this, seeing it one thing is sure—those pets were really important to their owners.
It does not happen too often to find some stunning nature corner just a few steps from the city center, but it is different in Kraków where you do not need to go far to see really huge and beautiful lake.