Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Year in Zakopane

I visited Zakopane before, last year in the Autumn, when there was plenty of drizzle around and fog obscured the mountains. This time though, the snow was piled high and we got stunning views.

When I told people we were going to Zakopane for New Year they either got all dreamy eyed and started waxing lyrical about the beautiful scenery, or they wrinkled their nose in distaste, declaring it was far too touristy for them.

The town itself does indeed have a few too many neon signs and burger bars, but it has its charm. You can buy thick wool mountain socks and rubbery sheep's cheese that squeaks on your teeth from ruddy faced stallholders. You can sip warm beer in wooden restaurants while a small band of musicians plays traditional mountain tunes. And you always have those amazing snow-covered mountains in the background.

2006 was seen in in true Polish style, with lots to eat all through the night, plenty of vodka to wash it down with and a total lack of appreciation for firework safety. Happy New Year everyone!


At 1/03/2006 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Aaron Fowles said...

Rad!! Looks like you had fun. Did the trees look like they had been dipped in sugar?

Hurray for 2006!

At 1/04/2006 10:22:00 AM, Blogger Gustav said...

Happy New Year to you too Becca. When you say you were in Zakopane in autumn last year do you mean 2005 or 2004? I was there in early October 2004 - and with the coloration in the leaves in the mountain forests, it was absolutely stunning. So don't give up on Zakopane in the fall!

At 1/04/2006 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Becca said...

The trees looked like they had had sugar thrown over them by the bucketload Aaron! It was very pretty.

We must have been there around the same time in 2004 Gus - I guess we just had a misty weekend. Don't get me wrong, it was very atmospheric with the trees emerging from the fog, but very different to the snow-capped mountains we saw this time.


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