The unmistakably recognizable summit in the Tatras, Poland

Ask anybody you like what the most famous summit in the Tatra Mountains is and I bet they will answer "Giewont". Why is that? Just have a look at it yourselves.

Giewont body

Miracles in the Pancake Castle in Eger, Hungary

You can say what you want but good food can definitely change a sad, depressed man into one full of energy and optimism. It is a miracle-working stuff, especially when, after having been sightseeing all day long, you suddenly feel very weak and often... angry. It's a visible sign that you should quickly find a nice place to eat.

Ours in Eger was Palacsintavar in Dobo Street.

Pancake restaurant in Eger

The Minaret Adventure in Eger, Hungary

Before we go anywhere we like to read about the place we are going to visit. Not only to know more or to boast about our knowledge when we come back. The most important reason is not to miss something worth seeing just because of our ignorance. Thus we were pleasantly surprised to find out that in Eger, which was our destination, there is a real minaret. It was a real treat. It was something different. It was something really worth taking a photo of.

Eger, Hungary - minaret

Lake Albano near Castel Gandolfo, Italy

I think most people know that Castel Gandolfo is the summer home of the Pope. I think many have been received in the special audiences. But how many people realize what lies outside the residence itself? How many had enough time to explore the surroundings of the famous place?

We were lucky indeed as we did have quite a lot of time to do it.

What struck us was that once you passed the Pope's palace you were almost immediately thrust onto an amazing view. The buildings ended sharply and suddenly the vast landscape was stretched before your eyes. Well, or should I rather say,a "waterscape"?;-)

Lake Albano

Magnolias in Bolestraszyce, Poland

When you come to the arboretum in Bolestraszyce it's obvious that you are here to admire the nature (arranged by a human hand a bit, of course;-) You are virtually surrounded by it and it's a good idea to go there in May. Why in May and not in any other "green" month? The answer is simple: blooming magnolias. Bolestraszyce keepers boast that they have some two hundred magnolias in the area. Well, I don't know about that, but one thing is sure - even a couple of them is bound to make you speechless. That's the surrounding beauty of all the other flora species and the ability to come closer that makes it so unforgettable. You can approach each magnolia tree, touch it and feel the petals and see their leathery surface. You can smell the delicate scent they emit and admire the various colours. Look at the greenish one, for example.

A magnolia tree

An Orthodox church in Svidnik, Slovakia

While travelling we quite often happen to pass by that Orthodox church in Svidnik, Slovakia. It's Svidnik's landmark (at least that's what we, passers by, assume;-) and we always look forward to seeing it again. One day we have to stop there and see what it looks like inside.

Orthodox church in Svidnik, Slovakia

Sunset, Poland

Sunset in Poland. Or somewhere else.
That isn't a place in fact. It can be anywhere.
It's rather a state of mind than a physical place.
The day is ending. Doesn't matter if it's
in the country or in the city.

sunset

Zebra crossing in ancient Pompeii, Italy

What struck us while in Pompeii was these huge blocks of stone, put at some distance from one another on the street, joining two opposing pavements. We found out that they had been meant to prevent the Pompeii pedestrians from getting all soaked wet and dirty in what was flowing on the streets. The huge stones were thus a kind of a zebra crossing of our times.

Zebra crossing in ancient Pompeii - cart tracks

Notice long deep tracks in the street made by carts going by in ancient times.

A piggy you can't miss in Florence, Italy

When in Florence, everybody goes to see the famous Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge) on the River Arno, but not everyone knows about a statue of a wild boar, tenderly called Il Porcellino, which means "piggy". The statue is in fact a small fountain and is situated quite close to the bridge, in Mercato Nuovo (the Straw Market).

As far as I know, it is a copy of a copy - Pietro Tacca made one in the 17th century, basing it on some Greek statue. Now, as many people touch it, a copy has been made to replace the original.

Why touch it? There is a superstition that if you touch Il Porcellino, you will come back to Florence. Another one says it brings good luck. People like stories like that. Well, see for yourselves how shiny the piggy's snout is from rubbing it;-)

Porcellino in Florence, Italy

View from the Accademia Bridge in Venice, Italy

It's really amazing to stand on the bridge and be able to admire Santa Maria della Salute on the one side and the Canale Grande on the other at the same time but not in the same light. Here is the Santa Maria della Salute view.

Venice, Italy - View from the Accademia Bridge

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