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.
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.
Viivikonna is one of the most famous abandoned places in Estonia. Once a mining town with a population over a couple of thousand people, today it’s a decaying village full of abandoned buildings and ruins surrounding its empty streets.
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.
Żukowice is a small village in Lower Silesia (Poland). Once the village was quite big (in 1973 it had 1060 inhabitants, there was a school, library, cinema here) but it became almost abandoned until 1995, as a copper smelter had been built there and the environment became too polluted to live. Now the village has only a little bit more than 30 inhabitants and some abandoned buildings reminding about its good times.
Lindiniškės is a small village around 10 kilometres from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Passing through this place you can find some old wooden houses and gardens nearby. The village is surrounded by forests and fields which make this place very calm and a bit remote.
Bukiškis is a village around 10 kilometres from the capital of Lithuania Vilnius. There is an agricultural school, church, old farmstead and a few grocery stores in this village. There is also a huge lake in Bukiškis—probably the most impressive place there.
Sometimes it is enough just to watch a movie to feel that the place which you saw there is the one where you simply have to go. That is what can happen to you after seeing ‘Strawberry Wine’ which shows a magic life of a small village in Southeastern Poland.
The most amazing thing about Jaśliska, the village where the movie was shot, is that it is so remote from everything and seems that the life here stopped long time ago.