Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fences around the world

Stavanger in Norway

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bergen in Norway

25th July 2017

My friend Betty who is librarian visited Norway this month. she took a lot of photos and sent me some.Today  are photes from Bergen.

The gateway to the fjords

Bergen is Norway's second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living history in this modern city, before continuing on to explore the wildest and loveliest fjords of Norway.
On a Norwegian scale, Bergen is a large city, but one with a small-town charm and atmosphere. Its passionately patriotic inhabitants are proud of their many-sided city and its history and cultural traditions. Many are only happy to direct visitors to their favourite local attraction, coffee-shop or restaurant.
Around 10 percent of the population in Bergen are students, which adds a fresh and youthful mood to the city’s vibe. Alongside its offerings of museums, art galleries, cultural events and dining opportunities, as well as the possibilities offered by its accessible sea and mountains, this contributes to making it a lively and vibrant city.
Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has roots to the Viking Age and beyond. As one of the main offices of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was for several hundred years the centre of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. Bryggen, ("The Hanseatic Wharf") is the most obvious remnant from this time, and is today home to many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums.
Bergen is famous for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and one of Norway's biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, which is held there each year.

In my opinion the photos are awesome.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

White nights

23rd July 2017

My best friend recently has visited Norway and sent me some photos which show this  amazing experience.

Oslo 11 p.m.

Forde 2p.m. 


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Animals in the Saturday afternoon.

22nd July 2017

Today more photos of storks and my dog in summer style.

Good night from Poland

Friday, 21 July 2017

Krosno - town of glass

21st July 2017

Yesterday I visited old small town Krosno. It is called "town of glass" because "glass industry is here. 

A charming town in southern Poland, Krosno is primarily known as a big glass-manufacturing centre. It also boasts numerous historic attractions, including splendid medieval churches and ancient tenement houses. A number of cultural events give Krosno its special atmosphere, the best known of which are the cyclical Krosno Theatre Festival and the open-air events of the Mountain Ballooning Competition, Karpaty Climates and Krosno Fair. The town makes the ideal stay over because of its proximity to major routes leading to Slovakia and Hungary.

Market Square

Krosno was first mentioned in 1282, in a document signed by Leszek the Black, Duke of Krakow. Nevertheless, the earliest traces of a settlement in the site of present-day Krosno go back further, to the 10th and 11th centuries. 

The town was chartered under the Magdeburg law by King Casimir the Great around the middle of the 14th century. The town’s fortifications were built during the reign of King Wladyslaw Jagiello, allowing crafts and trades to develop in safety. The mid-15th century saw the founding of the guilds of bakers, tailors, shoemakers, blacksmiths clothiers and fullers, allowing Krosno to come to be known as a significant production centre of cloths and fustians. Already by this time, the medieval town boasted fresh water supply and sewage systems, clear evidence of its importance and the affluence of its citizens. 

The 15th century saw commerce starting to grow in Krosno, with trade chiefly in local cloths and baizes, horses, cattle, copperware, Hungarian wine as well as imported commodities made of iron and copper. Despite natural disasters, the following century turned out to be the best era for the advancement of the town and its residents, whose welfare was secure at that time. 

In the mid-17th century, however, Krosno began to lose its earlier importance. Natural disasters, plagues, raids by Swedish and Transylvanian troops and war requisitions all contributed to a tragic decline by the close of the 17th century. 

It was only in the mid-19th century that Krosno began to recover from the decay. It was the advent of the oil industry in Poland that helped the town to regain its former prominence with the first oil company starting operations in 1856. Thanks to the refinery in Chorkowka, the town achieved a moderate (but steady) influx of foreign capital. In the year 1867 Krosno became home to the offices of the district authorities. This state of relative advancement ended with the outbreak of World War I, which caused major devastation in the town. 

The interwar period saw the emergence of Krosno as a significant industrial centre. Unfortunately, further prosperity was hindered by World War II when the industry was wrecked. However, the rebuilding of the town began almost instantly after liberation in September 1944. These days, Krosno is a bustling and welcoming place to visitors.

More photos soon