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Zakopane is a town in southern Poland with approximately 28,000 inhabitants, situated in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 1999. The town, called the Winter capital of Poland, lies in the southern part of the Podhale region at the feet of the Tatra Mountains, which is the only alpine mountain range in the Carpathians.

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But it's so nice there in the summer also! Only raining too much, but nevertheless - a beautiful place! What about "Morskie oko" - wasn't it somewhete close to Zakopanje?
 

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Godbless gorale people!!!!





Origin and language, dialect
There are several hypotheses about their origin, but they are usually considered descendants of Vlachs, who settled this area of the Carpathian Mountains between the 14th to 17th centuries. Analyses of skulls conducted by Polish anthropologists in the 1960s have indicated that they are mostly of Balkan origin.
Their (quite different) dialects are characterized as Proto-Slavic from the Eastern Lechitic, Old Polish area, superimposed by Slovak. In other words, the language is of Polish origin, but has been influenced by Slovak in recent centuries. The language contains Polish words, specific words, Vlach respectively words, Slovak words and words that are peculiar to the Carpathian language area (Carpathisms). Moreover, typical Goral words such as those for mountain/hill such as magura or for fireplace such as vatra which are of Illyrian and Daco-Romanian origin, and which are in used to this day in both Albanian and Romanian languages, became now part of the Polish toponomy in the Highlands inhabited by Gorals.
 

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Nice:) Looks cozy
Yes, looks that way.

Nie mam zamiaru dzielić się takimi rewelacjami z obcokrajowcami, stąd reszta po polsku. Zakopane moim zdaniem jest jednym z najgorszych miejsc w Polsce, z powodu zachowania miejscowych (maksymalna arogancja, do tego agresywni = dzicz) . Ich kultura obecnie nie istnieje - może kiedyś to była kultura, ale autentyczni górale już dawno wymarli. Popatrzcie na tego dziadka ze skrzypkami - po prostu żenada.

Nigdy nie zabrałbym zagranicznych turystów w te rejony, a nazywanie tego miejsca "zimową stolicą Polski" to jakaś pomyłka.

Nie zmienia to faktu, że Tatry dobrze na zdjęciach wyglądają.
 

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I took these photos last summer... in Tatra Mountains...
























Rysy - 2503m (Slovakian) and 2499m (Polish)


And bonus! ;)
Here's a short clip from the highest peak in Poland - Rysy - 2499m..

 
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