The year 2020 was, to put it mildly, a bit different than what we're used to. In the face of a global pandemic traveling was not such an easy endeavor. Many people, including myself, had to abandon or at least adapt their travel plans to the unpredictable conditions.
In the middle of summer after months of lockdown and self-isolation I was looking for a destination relatively close to my home (I definitely didn't want to fly this year) interesting landscapes / cities and of course what everyone craves in a holiday destination in 2020 - low infection numbers.
After a very brief research period, I learned that Poland had exactly those perks to offer and especially after learning that wild bison roamed the easternmost part of the country I was definitely sold on the idea (more on that in the second part of this series). In this article series I'd like to share some impressions of a country that is not (yet) a big tourist destination but probably will be in the coming decades.
The first stop of my trip was actually not in Poland, but on the Slovakian side of the Tatras mountains which separate the two countries.
Bieszczady National Park
Bieszczady National Park is situated all the way in the southeast of the country, right at the border of Ukraine and Slovakia in the hills of the eastern Carpathians. The sparsely populated area is home to several endangered species and some truly unique landscapes.
Cities: Krakow, Zamosc and Wroclaw
To switch things up a bit, I'd like to show some cityscapes of the towns that are located in the area of this first part of the trip.
Although I found Krakow to be a very beautiful city, I couldn't really find many interesting viewpoints for photos. It is quite flat and the old town is also fairly small which quite limits the options for interesting photography.
The second part of this series is about the regions further to the north with a main focus on the extraordinary Białowieża Forest - the last piece of remaining primeval forest in Europe.