Poland 2019 — Day 09

Another fun day in Poland. Though I wrote that there were some highs yesterday, today we got really high—literally.

We started the day with coffee and breakfast in our apartment, but our breakfast was a shared pączek. It was so, so good. We’d purchased it the night before at a little shop on Krupówki Street, and it was fantastic, just like Mom used to make.

Soon we headed out to our goal for the day, to visit Morskie Oko. It is a large lake high in the Tatra mountains, a range that is part of the Carpathians. It’s elevation is 1,395 meters. Several nearby mountain peaks rise over 1000 meters higher. It’s visited by more than 50,000 people annually, many of whom park and then hike about 6-8 km to it (about a 2 hour walk).

Or, if you’re older, you can do as we did and take a horse carriage up to it. You still need to hike the final 1.5 km up to the lake, though. However you go, once there, the view is stunning. We spent some time there, taking photos and enjoying a near perfect, sunny day with the temps about 17 degrees centigrade.

Eventually, we got a few snacks for fuel, and then headed back. The walk to and from our parking space was another 1-2 km, but so worth it. If you ever have the chance to visit Morskie Oko, do it, you will not regret it.

My pictures from Morkie Oko and the ride up and back through the mountains are here: https://photos.leonkonieczny.com/Poland-2019-Vacation/09-05.MorskieOko/index.html

The rest of our day was pleasant as well. We went back up to Gubałówka and enjoyed the view and had a few more drinks. Later we ventured back down Krupówki Street and enjoyed the ambiance, and found a place to eat. Zakopane is a very nice city, and we really have enjoyed our time here.

Pictures from our several day stay in Zakopane in the Podhale are here: https://photos.leonkonieczny.com/Poland-2019-Vacation/09-04to05.Zakopane/index.html

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