Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Riga

Received from: Latvia
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: August 2017

Riga is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. With 639,630 inhabitants (2016), Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states and home to one third of Latvia's population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga's territory covers 307.17 square kilometres and lies between one and ten metres above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Krzeszów

Received from: Poland
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: August 2017

Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Krzeszów is a Roman Catholic church and abbey of the Order of Saint Benedict in Krzeszów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship. Built around 1728-1735, it is a notable baroque church in Silesia, with the art of Ferdinand Brokoff (sculptor) and Michael Willmann (painter). It is also one of the shrines to the Virgin Mary, with a 13th old painting. In one of the chapels there is a mausoleum to Silesian Piasts: Bolko I the Strict and Bolko II the Small.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cyprus

Received from: Cyprus
Category: from a friend
Date: July 2017

Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Chełm

Received from: Poland
Category: from family
Date: August 2017

Chełm is a city and multiple (former) bishopric in eastern Poland with 63,949 inhabitants (2015). It is located to the south-east of Lublin, north of Zamość and south of Biała Podlaska, some 25 kilometres from the border with Ukraine. Chełm used to be the capital of the Chełm Voivodeship until it became part of the Lublin Voivodeship in 1999.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Budapest

Received from: Hungary
Category: from a friend
Date: March 2017

Budapest is a leading global city with strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. It is a leading R&D and financial centre and the highest ranked Central and Eastern European city on Innovation Cities Top 100 index, as well ranked as the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Augustów

Received from: Poland
Category: from family
Date: July 2017

Augustów is a city in north-eastern Poland with 30,802 inhabitants (2011). It lies on the Netta River and the Augustów Canal. It is situated in the Podlaskie Voivodeship (since 1999), having previously been in Suwałki Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the seat of Augustów County and of Gmina Augustów. In 1970, Augustów became officially recognized as a health and relaxation resort. In 1973, surrounding settlements were named a part of it, forming a popular resort town.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rwanda

Received from: Rwanda
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: July 2017

The Nyabarongo (or Nyawarungu) is a major river in Rwanda, part of the upper headwaters of the Nile. At 297 km, it is the longest river entirely in Rwanda. The river begins its course at the confluence of the rivers Mbirurume and Mwogo in the South West of the country. These two rivers themselves begin in Nyungwe Forest, and are considered by some to be the most distant source of the Nile. From its start, Nyabarongo flows northward for 85 km, and forms the border between the Western and Southern Provinces.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Received from: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Category: from a friend
Date: May 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), and in short, often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on the Balkan Peninsula. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city. Bordered by Croatia to the north, and west; Serbia to the east; Montenegro to the southeast; and the Adriatic Sea to the south, with a coastline about 20 kilometres long surrounding the city of Neum. In the central and eastern interior of the country the geography is mountainous, in the northwest it is moderately hilly, and the northeast is predominantly flatland. The inland is a geographically larger region and has a moderate continental climate, with hot summers and cold and snowy winters. The southern tip of the country has a Mediterranean climate and plain topography.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tallinn

Received from: Estonia
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: July 2017

The name Tallinn(a) is Estonian. It is usually thought to be derived from Taani-linn(a), (meaning 'Danish-town) (Latin: Castrum Danorum), after the Danes built the castle in place of the Estonian stronghold at Lindanisse. However, it could also have come from tali-linna ('winter-castle or town'), or talu-linna ('house/farmstead-castle or town'). The element -linna, like Germanic -burg and Slavic -grad / -gorod, originally meant 'fortress', but is used as a suffix in the formation of town names.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hoorn

Received from: the Netherlands
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: July 2017

Hoorn is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It is located on the Markermeer, 35 kilometres north of Amsterdam, and acquired city rights in 1357. Hoorn had a population of 71,888 in 2017. The area of the municipality is 53.25 km2 of which 33.00 km2  consists of water, mainly the Markermeer. The municipality consists of the following villages and/or districts: Blokker, Hoorn, Zwaag, and parts of Bangert and De Hulk.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paris

Received from: France
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: June 2017

Szkoła Narodowa Polska w Paryżu ("Polish School in Paris"; French: École polonaise Paris), also known as the School at Batignolles is a Polish international school at the Polish embassy in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, France. It includes primary school up to lyceum (senior high school/sixth form college). The history of the schools dates to mid-19th century, and it is seen as an important element of Polish-French culture, particularly for the Polish people in France.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fårö

Received from: Sweden
Category: from family
Date: June 2017

Fårö is a Baltic Sea island just off north of the island of Gotland, itself off mainland Sweden's southeastern coast. It is the second-largest island in the province and it is a popular summer resort. It has its own dialect (Faroymal, a dialect of Gutnish). Formerly a socken which includes the Gotska Sandön island, on 1 January 2016, it was reconstituted into the administrative area Fårö District.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Alsace

Received from: France
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: April 2017

Alsace is a cultural and historical region in eastern France now located in the administrative region of Grand Est. Alsace is located on France's eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Algavre

Received from: Portugal
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: May 2017

The Algarve covers 4997 square km, extending just south of the Tagus valley to the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Its highest point is Fóia, 902 metres, in the mountain range of Monchique. It also includes some islands and islets. The region is also the home of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and a stopping place for hundreds of different birds. The length of the south-facing coastline is approximately 155 kilometres. Beyond the westernmost point of Cape St. Vincent it stretches a further 50 kilometres to the north. The coastline is notable for picturesque limestone caves and grottoes, particularly around Lagos, which are accessible by powerboat.