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.
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.
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.
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.
A few sights from the Prokocim District in Krakow (Poland) taken in different times of a year, exploring its farthest corners.
A few rural sights seen along a road crossing Vilnius County—wooden village houses and fields surrounding them created an idyllic scenery, so difficult to take eyes off.
A good thing about travelling by trains and buses is that sometimes there are no connections to the place where you want to go and you have to go there on foot. This is what happened to me on the way to one of the sites I planned to visit in the Pilsen Region (Czech Republic). No trains and buses there made me take a backroad through fields and forests, and that was a perfect occasion to see the less explored part of that area which probably still remains unknown even for many locals.
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.
An oldfashioned pram stroller and some other stuff put near the entrance to a tenement house on one of the streets in Krakow suggested that there’s something extraordinary hiding behind the doors. That impression wasn’t misleading.
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.