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Granite alpine-like Tatra stretch on the boarder between Poland and Slovakia. Tatra is the highest part of Carpathians. The highest peaks are about 2,5 km high. The Tatra Mountains, Tatras or Tatra (Tatry in both Polish and Slovak). Zakopane, is the “Winter Capital” of Poland. The highest peak in the Polish Tatras is Rysy (2499 m).

In this photo is a trail on the ridge that takes us to the Kasprowy Wierch mountain.  This trail leads up to Kasprowy Wierch from Zakopane through the Hala Gasienicowa, all about 3 hours of hiking and a beautiful ridge walk. There is a meteorological observatory on the summit (1985 m), and slightly lower than the summit is the top station of the cable-car from Kuznice to Kasprowy Wierch. This trail is on the border of Poland and the Slovak Republic and there are no border controls on the mountain so it is technically possible (in good weather) to cross into the other country… which I sort of did..

Rosary in Tykocin

Tykocin, a beautiful little town located near my home town Białystok in Poland. Before the Second World War Tykocin’s population was more then half Jewish (about 2 thousand).

In one of the Tykocin’s museums we found a display of a rosary made out of bread by one of the Polish prisoners Tadeusz Budynkiewicz during time he that served his time, and was then executed, in one of the Polish prisons ‘Zamek’ (Castle) in December 1946.