Overrun countless times by thieves aggressors, subjugated to the dominant foreign domination for centuries, and now told their beloved vodka can do anything, the Polish nation has suffered more than most. However, Poland, a country crushed flat so many times it has become indestructible, is shaking off the last vestiges of sleep and forced current with great abandon in a modern 21 st century.
Despite the country’s rush to embrace the future, your past can not be ignored, especially when confronted at every turn. Warsaw may include New World cuisine, café culture and clubs that never close, but still find the farmers selling flowers in beautifully restored old town. Drive through northern extension and meet a string of 14-century Gothic castles, as the shining example in Malbork, the last remnants of the Teutonic Knights, once powerful. Take a low-cost flight to Krakow and Wroclaw and arrive in magnificent medieval centers. Or choose almost any major city of Lublin in Poznan – and small towns too – and I bear witness to the extermination camps established by Nazi Germany, abandoned Jewish cemeteries, and dark political prisons, terrible reminders of the past 70 years .
This massive land in the heart of Europe has become the epitome of a changing continent. Now a member of the EU, which is enjoying the benefits – and experience the challenges, the exclusive club. Money has begun flowing into the country, repairing roads, building shopping centers and street beautification, but progress is painfully slow for some. Poland still has an unemployment rate twice as high as some of his compatriots in the EU and its citizens young and educated are leaving mass of richer pastures.
While rapidly modernizing cities, the landscape still retains its rustic charm. On stretches of southern Poland, dominated by mountains covered with trees, the cliché of the horse-drawn carts transporting hay fields remains valid. Bucolic splendor spreads from the outskirts of urban centers, as far as the eye can see, and pockets of virgin forest in the northeast shelter herds of wild bison. The clear waters of the Great Masurian Lakes prove irresistible to sailors and kayakers, and long sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea coast offers a great opportunity for the summer, stays near the sea.