Day 3 was Sunday and we attended mass at the local church, St Mary Magdelene. It was quite a different experience. Although the mass was basically the same as in the US, everything, of course, was in Polish. The interior of the church was quite beautiful and ornate, and the beginning of mass began with an alter boy who approached the front of the congregation and began to pull on a rope that passed through a hole in the church ceiling. Suddenly, the church bells began to ring!
Afterward we drove to Nowy Targ for lunch at a restaurant that promised food prepared in the Gorale style (mountain style). Here we had appetizers of fried Gorale cheese topped with berry jam and Smalezc a spread made of pieces of bacon-like pork mixed with pork lard! Spread on bread, it was actually quite delicious!
I had kielbasa (again!) and some nice Polish white wine. Afterward we stopped at the dwor (manor house) estate in Łopuszna, which was built around 1787. There we got a glimpse of a typical Polish nobleman’s country home, stables, cellar and peasant cottage.
Around the corner we visited the Łopuszna parish church of the Holy Trinity, built during the 15th century. The wooden siding of this historic church had been recently replaced, so the church looked fresh and new on the outside. We could not enter the church, but a peek through the door revealed another spectacular church interior!
From there we traveled east to visit some castles! Both castles were built centuries ago near the Dunajec river. In the 1980’s a dam was built and these castles now overlook a beautiful lake. Our first castle in Czorsztyn was in ruins, but was still quite interesting. Lots of climbing and ducking through arched doorways, but once we got to the top, the view was great! The second castle, known as the Dunajec castle in Niedzica, was in much better shape. Built in the 1300’s, it was passed down through several families until the 1940’s when it was taken over by the Society of Art Historian in Poland and was renovated for public visits. While we were there, a bride and groom were having their wedding photos taken in various rooms of the castle.
Several hours later, we left the castles and returned to Nowy Targ, where we stopped to catch the end of a music festival. Wonderful music and costumes, as well as food and drink! We drank some Polish beer, mine with several shots of berry juice. Jerry hated the taste, but I thought it was quite good! We listened to the music for a while, then I began to fade, so we piled back into the car and headed back to our village.