Rabat. Kasbah of the Udayas / Kasba al-Udaja

Kasbah of the Udayas has been built during the reign of the Almohad dynasty between the XIIth and XIIIth century – right after their capturing of Rabat. In this period, they needed to find a way of defending their territory, hence the construction of mighty fortifications was an excellent idea. The attacks from the pirates as well as other forces greedily looking at this part … Continue reading Rabat. Kasbah of the Udayas / Kasba al-Udaja

Kraków. Christmas szopking / Świąteczny szopking

From my childhood, I remember a stroll we made with my parents the other day at Christmas, to the Krakow main market square. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the fairy lamps adorning Sukiennice and the Christmas markets were only a background for the true, undiscovered treasures waiting for us in each of the Krakow’s churches. Our main goal was to see szopkas* (nativity scenes), as many … Continue reading Kraków. Christmas szopking / Świąteczny szopking

Casablanca. Artistic soul / Artystyczna dusza

We check into a small hotel Kon.Tiki on Allal Ben Abdellah street, which we then named a dissipation nest ;). Like no other, the area is a home for dozens of bars where alcohol is served and which are well concealed from the looks of passers by. Each 20 meters, there is a bouncer standing whose main job is to carefully select who can and … Continue reading Casablanca. Artistic soul / Artystyczna dusza

Casablanca. Hassan II mosque / Meczet Hassana II

I want to build this mosque on the water, because God’s throne is on the water. The ambitious plan of the king Hassan II was accomplished mainly thanks to the donations of the faithful. The mosque which is a tribute for a former king Mohammed V rises up over the Atlantic ocean and it is in fact partially built on water, which can be experienced … Continue reading Casablanca. Hassan II mosque / Meczet Hassana II

Białowieża. One last glance / Ostatnie spojrzenie

As early as in the XVIIth century a Polish and Swedish king Władysław IV Vasa owned  a manor and  a farm  in Białowieża. The area has also been often visited by Augustus III of Poland as well as Alexander III of Russia. Today it is a tourist center for numerous guests visiting Białowieża National Reserve as well as Podlasie. Is there any of us who … Continue reading Białowieża. One last glance / Ostatnie spojrzenie

Grabarka. The holy mountain of a thousand crosses / Święta góra tysiąca krzyży

The year is 1710. An epidemic of Cholera spreads out in a village of Siemiatycze. Its dwellers try to protect themselves by hiding deep within forests nearby. Death takes its cruel toll however. In the meantime, a certain old man dreams of a hill nearby – Grabarka, which is supposed to be a rescue for the suffering. According to the legend, some 10 thousand people follow him up … Continue reading Grabarka. The holy mountain of a thousand crosses / Święta góra tysiąca krzyży

Kruszyniany. On Tatar’s trail / Na tatarskim szlaku

Dżemil smiles at our sight. There are not many tourists here at this time of year, but every one of them can count on the guide’s help. When he starts to speak, the words come out as fast as if from a machine gun. One the one hand, it is because of his passion and engagement, on the other… because of the temperature. While we … Continue reading Kruszyniany. On Tatar’s trail / Na tatarskim szlaku