(June 19, 2018) Bialowieza
We should leave the lake district early as we'll
front of us the longest road route in this travel, around 500 Km. We
must end this day in Warsaw, but we want to stop by Bialowieza to enjoy
the landscapes of the forest there and see some of the last European
bisons in a reserve.
Even having the breakfast at 9 AM, we’re fast and
we leave before 10 AM. We’re driving through towns and over lakes until
reaching the first main road. We spend the morning in the car with one
single stop in a shopping mall in Bialystok. It should be a short ride
from there, but the small road we take is full of works with red lights
making long waits, so the way to Bialowieza feels like eternal.
This area is full of stork nests where we can see one or even
the two storks in there. The last part of the road is gorgeous, through
the forest and the symbol of the bison everywhere.
We stop in the first restaurant we see at 3 PM and
we get another delicious lunch there. A Polish soup and dumplings for
me and a Russian soap with olives and duck for Eva. We pay 81 zlotys in
After lunching we go to the Palace Park where we
take a short walk enjoying this landscape.
In the tourist information office, set in front of
the entrance of the park, we’re told there are a few animal reserves
there. We choose Zubrow Reserve because we know where it is as we saw
the signs on the road, and is the one we checked online, and because we
can still get there before they close.
We’re in the reserve 5 minutes before 5 PM and get
the tickets quickly by 10 zlotys each. They close at 5:30 PM, but
tickets sale stops at 5 PM, so we’ve been lucky this time.
Once inside, we observe the pack with some of the
last specimens of European bison. Based on the prehistoric paintings,
is clear it was a time they were everywhere in the continent.
There are wild boars, wolves, deer, an elk… With
this, we’re done with our shorter-than-desired visit to Bialowieza. Now
we must head to Warsaw.
We drive through long straight roads that are
completely empty now. This may probably be because Poland is playing
their game in the FIFA World Cup. When we reach Warsaw, we look for the
Old Town to park and go to the apartment.
Somehow, there is no one in the address of the
apartment, only a sort of interphone where you can introduce a code.
Nobody answers to the phone number we have for contact and a very kind
local woman we can understand speaking Italian starts an investigation
to help us. She finally fins a French couple that is allocated in that
building and the man tells me we must go to the office for the key. I
don’t know a thing about an office so I follow him to it. There,
receptionist says mi booking is not with them, but a different company,
but even then, she makes some calls until getting the details to get
into the apartment. I should receive these details by email and I
recall I haven’t checked email since we arrive at Poland.
So, we finally get into the beautiful apartment
thank of the kindness of all these people we’ve met today and made
their best to help us.