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The weekend


The weekend is the most beautiful time of the week. It is free-time, relaxation or just time of work.  We start thinking about the weekend on Monday as it approaches with an unknown outcome.  And what is there to do? Once we have explored the gray cells to their roots and still have no idea how to spend two days off.  It is worth looking at travel opportunities for the weekends, whether it is sunny or raining outside.

Romantics are invited by Mazovia to Opinogora which is associated with the Krasinski family.  In a neo-baroque palace with its English-style park is the Museum of Romanticism.  The park is decorated with sculptures of the dukes of Mazovia and statues from non-christened times scattered amidst wonderful vegetation.  The master of the house Zygmunt Krasinski, as another poet wrote, "is today just a canvas and his chair stands empty by the fireplace".  Zygmunt Krasinski wrote poems at a stone table on a hill and on a marble lovers' bench, built near the palace according to the wishes of the poet's first love, Amelia Zaluska.  The emotions are immortalized in the inscription, "May my memory of you will always be kind".  Apparently the magical power of the lovers' bench makes anyone who sitting on it, to fall in love.  It is also worth visiting the local church with the tomb of Maria from the Radziwill family, the mother Zygmunt Krasinski.  In nearby Krasne there was palace of the Krasinski family from which only the park, with its exotic trees and Poland's longest avenue of hornbeams, and the horse riding stables, founded by Ludwig Krasinski in 1857, have survived.

In the nearby Ciechanow there is a ducal castle from the first half of the 15th century.  The jagged towers reflected in the water have always been an inspiration for artists.  The towers have dark, medieval corridors with and shining armour, swords and halberds.  We can sense the atmosphere of the old knights.  It is worth finding a copy of the armour worn by the small Zygmunt Augustus.

In Przasnysz time moves even slower as in the Baroque period a church was built here in a Gothic style.  Maybe it is about 200 years late, but incredibly fitting.  Stanislaw Kostka was baptised in this church in Przasnysz, the beatified patron saint of Polish youth.  The Kostka family living in Przasnysz founded the church of St Jacob and St Anna.  Inside the church there is a miraculous image of Our Lady the Immaculate Guide.

For those that Mazovia is too far, there is always ... Switzerland!  According to legend, when God created the world, he forgot about the Kaszubia.  But when an angel reminded him of this, He gave Kaszuba everything that was the most beautiful.  In Kaszubia, the Polish Switzerland, there are great views, picturesque clearings, people faithful to their traditions and living in an enclave of beauty whilst speaking in a resonant but completely incomprehensible language.  Whoever wants to relax and fill their soul with the beauty of nature should come to Kaszubia.  The post-glacial Szymbarskie Hills match their beauty with that of the Alps.  The view from the tower on Wiezyca will show our eyes, tired of everydayness, an idyllic landscape with emerald lakes, golden fields and green forests.  The patchwork landscape is complemented by the blue of the Radunia River that winds its way between the hills and connects several lakes in one of the most interesting waterways, the Radunia Circle.  You should look at the Radunia Valley with your soul, drink it in and absorb the perfection of nature.  Retain these views within you with an immoral act of possession.  Then be sure to visit the seven cities that aspire to be called the capital of Kaszubia.  In Kartuzy there is a church from the turn of the 14th and 15th century with the roof in the shape of a coffin lid and the angel of death with a scythe in his hand.  Fortunately, it is just a pendulum clock.  The inscription on the sundial, "memento mori" (remember your mortality) also reminds of death.  In contrast to the morbidity, due to the contemplative order of hermits of the strictest order, is the rich interior of the church.  In Slupsk there is an extremely interesting exhibition of paintings by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz at the castle.  The Wejherowska Calvary has 26 chapels built in the 17th century and handful of earth from Jerusalem under each chapel.  The distance between the shrines is equal to the respective chapels of Golgotha.

Old locomotives are waiting for us in Koscierzyn. The main square in Chojnice is charming and the stately Teutonic castle in Bytow will remain in our memory for a long time.  The last city of the Kaszubian Seven is Bedomin with its National Anthem Museum located in the mansion of Josef Wybicki.

For lovers of history in the Swietokrzyskie region, the weekend is enough time to visit the Cistercian Route marked out across Europe and including the monasteries of the Cistercian order.  The Cistercian Order was founded in 1098 and appeared in Poland in the 12th century.  The historian Wincenty Kadlubek was a Cistercian and the Declaration of the General Chapter of the Order of Cistercians reads that, "getting to know the wealth of Cistercian heritage enables the people of today to increase their awareness about their European roots and give them inspiration for the present and the future".

Some of this effect can be discovered during a weekend with the Cistercians while visiting the Cistercian monastery from the 12th century in Jedrzejow and the Romanesque churches from the 12th century in Imielno and Zagosc.  In Wislica there is the underground church built by Kazimierz Wielki and in Koprzywnica, a church of the 12th century. In Samborzec there is a church whose presbytery conceals the walls of a Romanesque chapel and in Sandomierz we can see a Dominican church from the 13th century which is one of the most valuable monuments of Romanesque architecture.  The churches from the 13th century of the highest class can be found in Gozlice and Wachock.  The tour will end in Opatow where there is a basilica from the 13th century, concealing in its interiors the tombstones of the Szydlowiec family and a plaque with the Opatow Lament.

When the autumn rains start to fall, the best way to spend a weekend, is in a relaxing thermal pool to make your stress and fatigue disappear.  Hot springs are becoming increasingly popular in Poland and pools have appeared in many cities.  Additional attractions of pools are saunas, solariums, caves, rushing rivers and tube slides as well as salt and herbal baths.  Outdoor pools have beneficial effects on our health. There is no greater fun than swimming in an outdoor pool when there is snow all around and the temperature fluctuates around zero.


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