Melancholic trips with fado

Sunday trips may not exist without music. Two weeks ago I had happines to listen to on the radio an interesting interview with Portuguese fado singer – Mariza and admire and even touch melancholic winter landscapes, which harmonized so perfectly with her full of postive nostalgy fado songs flowing from the car speakers.

Mariza talked about her love of journeys and Portuguese melancholy. Almost whole my life I had an intuition that expereicne of melancholy is common for us all, wherever we live, and it only may be different in its tones, but never in essence. My intuition got true when I heard that Portugese fado, from far western Europe almost on the eastern outskirts of the continent.


Winter boreal forest

About one week ago, in Knyszynska Forest, boreal forest in the north eastern Poland.

Unfortunately, I was not lucky enough to take the picture of the small doe, staring at me with interest. It was waiting, standing on the road as enchanted, but I could not take my camera out of the case, as my fingers were stiffen, and when at last I managed to do it, it just ran to the the forest and disappeared between pines and firs…

Knyszynska forest – Puszcza Knyszynska

Only 15 kilometres north of  quite big town (almost 300.000 inhabitants), no more than 20 minutes drive from downtown. I remember times, when it was possible to reach this place by bike. Now it is task only for stronlgy determined people, who do not mind taking real risk. The road was planned as a Via Baltica connecting southern and northern Europe. In fact, plan has not been realized, but it is used by countless TIRs going to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.

Even though, the forest is one of the most mysterious, mystic and beautiful places, whiche I have ever seen in my life.  Lavishly green even in November (these pictures were taken on 11th November), fabulous as if from The Chronicles of Narnia, ideal to contemplation, full of magic and inner hidden life. When I was approaching a pasture, heard the tramp of fleeing animals, probably herd of does, maybe even deer.

Soaring, slender and majestic pines and firs, lavishly green and soft as a pillow moss, delicately shrouded in the mist, create unique atmosphere of this place. There are no villages in the vicinity, not to mention towns. Only blissful quiet and peace…

Next time we will go in the search of human traces in this forest, especially in its rich history…

To be continued…

Vilnius – Gedimino Prospektas 2nd May 2010

Lukiskes Square – place of execution of Polish-Lithuanian-Belarusian heros – commanders of January Uprising in 1863 against Tsar’s despotism – Zygmunt Sierakowski and Konstanty Kalinowski.

Orthodox Church closing the view of Gedimino Prospektas.

Lukiskes Square once again.

Former headquarters of KGB in Lithuanian SSR. At present seat of the court and The Museum of Genocide Victims.

Sample of modern architecture, probably 80-ies.

Sculpture depicting Żemaite – Lithuanian writer.

Once again modern architecture, also probably 80-ies.

Really interesting modern architecture, especially waving lines, in absolute harmony with neighbouring classicist buildings.

Daugavpils – pictures

Right after crossing Lithuanian – Latvian border.


Saint Peter’s cathedral.


On the promenade in the downtown.


Saint Peter’s cathedral


The second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries old buildings at the promenade in downtown.


Saint Peter’s cathedral.


The Red Army soldiers’ mausoleum.


Daugava river.


Even though it was 3rd May, the trees were leafless, while at the same time in Vilnius they were lushly green already.


Socrealistic building of the Daugavpils University, formerly probably House of the Communist Party.

About impressions from that trip I wrote here.

Unknown and unexplored fort hill? Between Sadowo and Suchodolina (North Eastern Poland)

I wrote about this interesting and mysterious place in following post: Różanystok, św. Jan Bosko, grodzisko i w zasadzie o tym, że nic nie dzieje się przez przypadek

Is it a fort hill? A former pagan cult place? Or a natural hill? If it is a fort hill or pagan cult place, whom its possessors were – Balts (Yotvingians or Lithuanians) or Slavs? Not so far from this place there are other fort hills – in Trzcianka, Aulakowszczyzna, Milewszczyzna, Grodzisk, Grodziszczany, Bachmatowka – Miejskie Nowiny, and only one of them was really explored by archeologists – in Trzcianka. We know – with great probability – that Trzcinaka was established by Slavs. But who set up those other settlements?

For the purpose of this post let us stay by the version that it is a fort hill – it is more interesting and imaginative one!

Rybniki – village in Knyszynska forest, early spring

Old cobblestone road across the village.

One of the most picturesque villages in Knyszynska Forest (North Eastern Poland, 15 kilometres north of Bialystok).

During the Second World War place of the Polish Home Army’s vivid activity.

Old wooden village, located in the vast clearing, surrounded with sky-reaching pines, almost always silent and melancholic, even though near it busy road cuts the forest. Red-tile gable roofs glimmer in the spring sunshine.