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A four days vacation, where to go in Poland?


abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #1
so, I want to take my Polish gf on a short very romantic vacation. Where to go in Poland? I have to point out that it has to be affordable :P

oh, It's going to be early August or end of July.
phtoa 9 | 236
21 May 2013  #2
Take her to Lwow in Ukraine.
It's a bit cheaper than Poland and the city is beautiful!
Keep your eyes straight though, the women are gorgeous there!
OP abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #3
As interesting as it may be, but I rather avoid leaving Poland. I'm going on a student's visa, plus the travel outside the country would be a hassle financially and time-wise.

Any other idea?
phtoa 9 | 236
21 May 2013  #4
Aha I understand.
Go to the Mountain's like Zakopane is always nice.
bledi_nowysacz 2 | 53
21 May 2013  #5
Try Solina lake, it's quite nice there ;) Especially for a couple.
OP abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #6
Now those are interesting spots. :) Do you guys have more suggestions?
Harry
21 May 2013  #7
Zamosc is superb. I also like the area around Wlodawa, which is even cheaper than Zamosc (perfectly adequate hotel rooms for 80zl per night including breakfast).
OP abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #8
Harry
I can't find Wlodawa in Booking. :(
phtoa 9 | 236
21 May 2013  #9
Try Solina lake, it's quite nice there ;) Especially for a couple.

Agreed Solina is really nice, and very cheap compared to the bigger cities around Poland.
Harry
21 May 2013  #10
I can't find Wlodawa in Booking. :(

I'm really not surprised by that!
The hotel I stay at is this one: czarpolesia.com/index.html

There are also a few holiday 'villages' around lake Biała about six km south of Wlodawa.

Here are a couple of the places near the lake that I was talking about (please note that I haven't stayed at either of them, I'm just telling you that they exist, not recommending them in any way):

willasloneczna.okuninka.info.pl
biale-okuninka.pl/index.html
pb.okuninka.com/?language=en
OP abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #11
What about the fact that we are a Muslim Couple and she's covering her hair? Should I worry about going outside the big cities?
Harry
21 May 2013  #12
I really wouldn't like to say anything one way or the other about that. You are very certainly going to stand out, or at least she is.
OP abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #13
Would that cause a problem?
bledi_nowysacz 2 | 53
21 May 2013  #14
Ok,you're going to get some staring from some people mostly the ones that have never been abroad. Try to avoid ( skinheads,football hooligans ) as they might not be friendly. Anyway, the majority of polish are friendly, but as in every country, here too are both kind of people.
Monitor 14 | 1,821
21 May 2013  #15
If you like hiking/biking then Jura Krakowsko Czestochowska is very nice.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jura_Krakowsko-Cz%C4%99stochowska

bing.com/images/search?q=jura+krakowsko+cz%C4%99stochowska+galeria&qpvt=jura+krakowsko+cz%C4%99stochowska+galeria&FORM=IGRE

but I don't know about romantic :)
You could say where you live now and weather you want a place on the other side of Poland or rather closer.

In order to blend into crowd your girlfriend could cut hair short and wear baseball cap to hide it. Traditionally only old women have hidden hair in a cloth. For an young women it doesn't feet well. You shouldn't expect any troubles in Jura.
Polskaxxxxx
21 May 2013  #16
Polish people are nice as long as we look like them ;). Most Poles have never seen a foreigner, especially non white, non catholic, non straight so it's very difficult for them to accept differences. Without being aggressed or harrassed, a Muslim shall be given "dirty looks" and shall be subject to comments. For most Poles, Muslims = terrorists.
bledi_nowysacz 2 | 53
21 May 2013  #17
For most Poles, Muslims = terrorists

Unfortunately that's also true but I wouldn't say for most poles. There are of course some poles who think this way but the majority I think doesn't share the same opinion.
Polskaxxxxx
21 May 2013  #18
I happen to live in Poland (do you?) and trust me, the huge majority (not to say almost all) of Poles are against all that are not white, not catholic and not straight.
OP abu3issa 14 | 42
21 May 2013  #19
This isn't in Poland, every human civilization that has a majority of people with the same heritage share these discrimination, it's a social response to protect the cultural and social norms. That doesn't make it right, it's just what it is.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,625
21 May 2013  #20
I happen to live in Poland (do you?).

Perhaps in your village in Podlasie.
poland_
21 May 2013  #21
I have to point out that it has to be affordable :P oh, It's going to be early August or end of July.

Would you be driving or taking public transport?

Do you speak any Polish?
Polskaxxxxx
21 May 2013  #22
I'm talking about Warszawa (I've been there for 15 years). You cannot deny that most Polish people have NEVER had contacts with foreigners, specially when not white, not catholic and also not heterosexual and therefore, their behavior towards such categories of people is far from very warm. I daresay that the comments - when any - I have always heard about non whites, non catholics, homosexuals were always most negative. I am not talking about educated and well off inhabitants of Warsaw so I don't even want to find about about those in remote rural areas.

Should you like it or not, Poland is not opened to other cultures (there are a lot of reasons of course) and honestly Arabs, Indians and the like are not welcomed. Hiding the reality like you prefer does not make it disappear. Anglosaxon and Western European countries are needless to say more opened and therefore more tolerant.

This is the way it is and acting like an ostrich and claiming to Muslims, Indians and others that they'll be welcomed in Poland is not honest.
Polska1xxxx
21 May 2013  #23
PS: of course I meant "I am talking about", the "not" is to be deleted ;)
bledi_nowysacz 2 | 53
21 May 2013  #24
Poles are against all that are not white, not catholic and not straight.

Yes, I live in Poland. 2 and half years now(Krakow) and of course I happen to see some cases of staring,or some old ladies trying to whisper ( they were quite loud but they thought they're whispering ) about an african young mother and her little baby, and my mother in law not understanding why I don't remember all catholic holidays. But I don't consider it a big deal. From what I read, you've been living here for 15 years, so I just have to step back because I'm nowhere your life experience in Poland.
pam
22 May 2013  #25
Mazury lakes?
No idea about cost of accommodation in the area though, and you may well need a car.
el polaco - | 6
22 May 2013  #26
There are over a million places, but my personal favorites are Sandomierz, Krakow, and the Warsaw Old Town.
BBman - | 344
22 May 2013  #27
I'd recommend going to the Mazury. It's always nice to get away from the city to enjoy nature.

What about the fact that we are a Muslim Couple and she's covering her hair? Should I worry about going outside the big cities?

People will stare at you, skin heads may say something. I'm sure you guys will make it out unscathed. Unlike if i were to travel to a small town in pakistan with my blonde girlfriend wearing tight jeans & tank top revealing her cleavage. Now that would lead to some serious trouble for us.
kajtek
28 May 2013  #28
When my wife and I went to Poland, she took me to Morskie Oko. Our objective there really was to go climb Mt. Rysy, just based on your inquiry, I found Morskie Oko to be a good choice. If you fancy some scrambling then add Mt. Rysy to your itinerary, if you prefer hiking only, I would suggest Valley of Five Lakes - also accessible from Morskie Oko.

Spend all four days there away from busy city life. Mountains, valleys, lakes in your backyard. You won't be disappointed.
Here's our trip photos:
hikecampandtravel.com/poland.php

I too felt uncomfortable at times when I was in Poland ( I am Asian ) but nothing to worry about. It was all my own ghost. I walked on my own there in Krakow, I even went to a hardware store and bought something (point and nod system).
FehtuungBreslau
28 May 2013  #29
If you want it calm I'd sugest wrocław, a lot of the populus are Left wing leaning or at the very least centric, very few actual skinheads, I live here all my life and I could show on my fingers how many I saw.
Paulina 9 | 1,448
28 May 2013  #30
the huge majority (not to say almost all) of Poles are against all that are not white, not catholic and not straight.

Well, I've lived in Poland all my life and I disagree.

I don't know about calm and skinheads (I didn't see any during my stay there) but I did see many (by Polish standards, of course ;)) people of different races over there.


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