Just another unknown village that I would probably never go if not one famous abandoned place situated in the area. Štědrá is a small settlement situated far a away from big cities, and first thing that you can see there after leaving the train are a few old buildings covered with a shade of decay and emptiness surrounding them. However, despite the gloomy impression they create, it is still worth to stay there for a while and explore the area around.
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.
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.