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After a long time, we will again go to Poland, more specifically to the village of Yablonka. For Slovaks, this village is closely connected with bargains, but in today’s article we will also tell you about its history and tourist attractions in its vicinity.

In Poland, we have already visited Nowy Targ – a city where you can buy everything, known mainly by the market, but Yablonka is still very different from it. Namely, the size of the market or population. Yablonka is a small village with a population of up to 5000, of course, the comparison is indicated from the point of view of Poland. Therefore, the market is smaller, but more comfortable. It seemed to us that the local merchants are a little more affable and accommodating than in Targ. In any case, the day we spent in Yablonka was full of impressions.
Market in Yablonka

Village wanderings
Before heading to the market, we decided to inspect the stretched village itself, in our proportions. The houses of local residents seemed to be copying the main highway and stretched for several kilometers. For Poland, such a development is typical. From the guidebook we had with us, we learned that Yablonka belonged to Austria-Hungary until the end of World War I, later until 1923 Czechoslovakia, and only then went to Poland. Interestingly, during the Second World War, the village went to the Slovak Republic. And as history shows, it is not surprising that many Slovak families now also live here. Probably the largest dominants of the village are churches. In Yablonka there are three of them. Slovak masses are regularly held in the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord. We visited a church called the Directorate of St. Brother Albert, which can also be seen in the photograph. At first glance, we were also interested in the building of the fire station or the Orava Culture Center, where various cultural and social events are organized. In Jablonka there is also the Orava Health Center, which can be compared to a small clinic. Of course, there is also a football stadium, shops, restaurants or cafes, which, however, we did not have time to visit due to lack of time.
Rectorate of St. Brother Albert

Apple tree Jablonka

Favorite Slovak Market
After a short tour of the village, we, full of expectations, went to the famous market. Many people, convoys of cars and license plates, mainly from Slovakia, emphasized the atmosphere of the market that prevailed around. The stalls, incredibly filled with clothes, detergents, toys, household supplies and food, lurked in every aisle. Smiling merchants, bargaining reserves, walking coffee machines, the aromatic smell of à la fast food, and local musicians in us reinforced the feeling that we would remember this trip for a long time to come. One cannot but mention the price. They are more than favorable here. Do not listen to those who claim that things on the market are substandard! This is not so, just the opposite. Of course, there are exceptions, but there are really few. After literally “shopping insanity,” followed a move to the car, where we began the process of loading goods.
Market in Yablonka Market in Yablonka

Market in Yablonka
After completing this, sometimes too complicated, process, we looked around the neighborhood. Only in the afternoon did we pay attention to the nature of the Polish Orava that surrounded us. On one side, the mighty Baba Gora towered; on the horizon, on the other side, the peaks of the Tatras towered. Nearby was also the Orava dam or museum – the Orava ethnographic park in Zubrzyca Gurna with unique exhibits of folk architecture. Regarding cycling, judging by our trip, we can say that this is only for adventure lovers, because on Polish roads the edges are very small or none at all. To visit the sights or drive around the area at a sports pace, we simply did not have time, so we went home.
Nature in the vicinity of Yablonka (in the background Babia Gora) ‘, 500.375)
Nature around Yablonka (in the background Yablonka) Nature around Yablonka (in the background the Tatra Mountains)

Our family trip to the Polish Yablonka ended more than successfully. I looked around the village and took some photos, my friend and sister bought up a market with clothes, and my uncle probably visited all the building materials and flower stalls. Many of you do not think that a shopping trip is good advice, but we recommend that you visit, for example, Yablonka, and maybe you will change your mind about this.

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