Friday 28 September 2012 - Friday 28 September 2012
Zakopane is a quaint little mountain town on the Polish side of the Tatras mountains; it's like a Polish version of Jasper.
And seriously.... Todd's idea of a relaxing day in the mountains was not so relaxing. On our first full day, we got up early, took a 50 minute bus ride to the trail head, then a 9 km hike up the mountain, a trip around the lake, 9 km back down, then the bus ride back to town (an 8 1/2 hour journey). Although "relaxing" it was not, it was very, very scenic. Our hike was in the the National Park to a lake called "Morskie Oko"... Once you reach the lake there is a rustic lodge where you can have lunch, coffee and of course, beer. I haven't learned the Polish word for "small" so everytime I order a beer it ends up being a large one; not that I'm complaining... after 9 kms uphill it was well deserved.
We headed back to town and stopped for dinner in a Polish steakhouse, lots of specialties on the menu (pork knee, knuckle etc). Todd had chicken and I had the pork kebab; both were edible, but not much more than that. We went back to our B & B for an early night.