We've spent the last few days at my boyfriend's parents' in Opolskie Voivodship. I've already told you how different and beautiful it is to me, being a sort of a mountain girl myself. It is constantly intriguing to explore the area and find new places, and visit those we've already seen during other seasons.
My favorite way to learn about an area new to me is to walk around or drive around and just acquaint myself with the atmosphere and landscape. I don't care much for seeing all the monuments and travelling by the book. I'd much rather go out in search of a beautiful view and an exciting new ruin to explore. I admit, I'm quite an abandoned places junkie. So, every time we get here, we go for long car rides and watch the landscapes fly by us and change, and stop on our way when we spot something interesting.
One of our regular stops is this amazing palace from 17th century located in Starościn. It is a large, beautiful building placed in a mesmerizing park full of ancient trees, some of them very unique to our country, like a cigar tree, an American tulip tree and Brewer's weeping spruce. There is a ruined chapel hidden away in the park and you can even catch a glimpse of the previous owners' coffins if you take a peek through a small crevice in the substructure of one of the walls (sorry if this is TMI for you, I happen to be a sucker for these slightly creepy things). The palace itself is currently abandoned and, sadly, closed for visitors. That didn't stop us from taking photos in fron of it, of course. If you ever happen to be somewhere nearby, make sure to visit this place and take a walk in the gardens, it's one of the most astonishing places I've seen. I've already told my boyfriend, the Fish, that he was lucky the palace wasn't built in the mountains because if it were, he'd have to buy it to me because I want to live there.