Last Saturday, the school’s social committee organized a trip to Polonezkoy. For me it’s one of the nicer things about teaching abroad… there is a built in community of teachers. This Polish village is about 45 minutes from Istanbul, but you need to hire a bus or car since no public transportation goes there. Not ideal, but workable.
What a lovely day. I was expecting more of a main street vibe, but it was smaller which gave it a quieter feel. There are trails for hiking and biking as well as a Catholic church (which was closed) and a cemetery. From my understanding, this village was established in 1842 and has retained a strong Polish tradition since. Several of us walked around, hiked a bit, and just generally enjoyed being outside, away from the city for a few hours. Oh, and the food. I had the most delicious meal that day. And don’t get me started on the chocolate cake… perfection.
Below are some photos… enjoy! As a side note, it seems that WordPress has changed the way that the photos are displayed. I really don’t like it, but it’s the best I can do for now. I miss the slideshow aspect… not sure why they changed it. Ah well.
Sounds like close, relaxing getaway excursion. Did you get to hear a lot of Polish spoken? Love your photos, Claire!
Did you get to speak with any locals? Interesting scuptures, beautiful forests, so pastural! Seems like you went back in time. Lovely!
It is so great that you get to see such beautiful places. Your photos are amazing. Are you able to speak the language fluently?
Claire, I can say honestly that I have never thought that much about Istanbul before your moving there. Really enjoy your posts.