Poland, the geometric centre of Europe, is a country of stark contrasts. Whilst the large urban areas enjoy all the conveniences of modern living, everyday life in the Polish countryside is still harsh and the new millennium’s technology is in the vast majority lacking. Poland’s cities such as Warsaw are visibly changing, modernising and constantly updating. And the splendid old city of Krakow, the former capital, is a tale of a thousand years of history in itself.
After being mistreated in the past, present-day Poland is a charming Slavic nation whose future sees an association with major European projects and national economic expansion. It’s a real treat for the visitor: a great variety of scenery and the sheer size of the country set the stage for several points of interest. Over two thousand lakes, 22 national parks, ski mountains, 42 charmingly retro seaside resorts, vast forests where lynx, wolves and brown bears cross paths, medieval fortresses and rural lakes all make Poland an up and coming tourist destination.
Popular culture, and in particular music, occupy a great place in the lives of the Polish people. The country’s illustrious son, Frédéric Chopin, continues to move his modern day compatriots with polonaises, waltzes, mazurkas and many other variations.