Cottage gardens in Poland
Brick and stucco house
with cottage garden
The small white house with the charming
cottage garden in the front, pictured above, was one of my favorites
of all the the beautiful houses I saw along the road between
Krakow and Auschwitz. There are some new houses along this route,
mostly three stories high with a one car garage, but I prefer
the old cottages which have just the right look of genteel shabbiness.
As you get closer to Auschwitz, you leave
the region known as Malopolska (Little Poland) and enter the
province of Upper Silesia, which is in an industrial area called
the Black Triangle because of the air pollution from the factories.
Here the houses begin to lose their charm, and are mostly made
of gray stucco or concrete blocks. Now there are more weeds in
the fields and the farms look neglected. The land becomes more
rolling and you sense that you have left Poland and entered another
country, which in fact, you have. Upper Silesia was at one time
settled by German people and the town of Auschwitz was founded
by the Germans in the year 1270. After the end of the Nazi occupation
in World War II, the town of Auschwitz reverted back to its Polish
name Oswiecim, pronounced "Osh-VEN-chim".
Yellow is one of the favorite house colors
in Poland, as for example, the houses in the two photos below.
Charming old house
Farm house between
Krakow and Auschwitz
Polish house with cottage
garden in front