Zakopane, Poland - August 20-25

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In Zakopane, we stayed in this house. The house belongs to friends of Iwona's family, Malgosia and Staszek Lacek. The economy of Zakopane is largely based on tourism and many people have homes with extra rooms that they rent to visitors.

 

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A view of the house from the side and the new construction next door.

 

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The people of Zakopane are called "Highlanders" and are distinct in culture from other parts of Poland. They are noted for their woodwork, wool production, and smoked cheese from sheep's milk. Note the detail in the woodwork.

 

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Detail: window.

 

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Traditional highlander log cabin construction next door to the left of Malgosia's home.

 

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Malgosia's father, Andrzej, does wood work in the shop behind his house. He built both of the houses for his family and is helping build the new house next door. Here is produces components for door frames.

 

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This is the home of Malgosia's parents, it is next door to the right of her house.

 

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A barn built onto the rear of the house provides shelter to the families sheep.

 

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Hay is cut, raked and piled by hand. This work is often performed by women , children and seniors.

 

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A view of the family's homes from the pasture behind the house.

 

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The sheep are an important part of the home economy.

 

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A view across the road in front of the house, looking to the south and the towards the high mountains of Slovakia.

 

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The view from the window of the room that I stayed. Note the custom made wood window frames.

 

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A view from the road nearby looking down into the valley and the actual town of Zakopane.