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Tatra Splendor

October 9, 2016
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16 years ago was the first time that I visited the Tatra mountains in Poland. Back then, I spent one day rafting on a wooden raft paddling through the Dunajec river that flows on the border between the two countries Poland and Slovakia. That day was cold, foggy and rainy. And I promised myself that someday I would return there to once again enjoy the splendor of the Tatra Mountains.

After so many years have passed, I went back to the places that were both so familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Vitaliy and I had passed through the famous ski resort of town Zakopane and went further on to less well-known places in the mountains.

A Deserted Cabin

A few years ago I was looking through the most unusual places to stay at Airbnb and I found a tiny cabin in the Tatra Mountains. All it had inside was a fireplace and a bed in the attic, a perfect place just for two. Back then I saved it to the wish list and now I really wanted to stay there. The owner did not confirm our reservation for a long time so we just decided to go in that direction hoping to find him there. Mile by mile we were discovering picturesque views of the emerald green hills and pine trees hiding in the cold fog. By the evening we have arrived at the most romantic cabin I have ever seen …

If you like this cabin, here is a gift of 20 USD for your next trip with Airbnb and here a link to the listing.

A Tawny Cat

Nighttime in the mountains was pitch black. The only sources of light were from the windows of cabins scattered far from one another on the hills. The night silence was only broken by the sound of the cold autumn rain and the crackling fire in the fireplace.

Suddenly, a tawny cat showed up behind the glass entry door to the cabin. He stood up on his paws and scratched the door asking to be let in. He came in as if he were the true owner of the cabin. The cat knew where the fridge was located so all we had to do was to set up the bowls for him and fill them up with food. So, we were three for our stay at the cabin, enjoying the fireplace under a warm blanket, and enjoying meals together.

Fogs and the Fireplace

Autumn is a foggy season in the mountains and that is why it feels so calm, romantic and melancholic. The back side of the cabin had an outdoor fireplace that was one of the coziest places I have ever been to. We were warming up there after the long walks in the dewy grass, and melting Camembert cheese enjoying a cup of hot tea.

Rafting on a Wooden Raft

We went further on to Slovakia. That day we wanted to go hiking on one of the most difficult and picturesque hiking trails in the Tatra Mountains. However, the weather plays its own game and we had to change our plans. Instead, we went to Sromowce Wyzne, a small town located on the border of Poland and Slovakia. Here is where you can raft through the Dunajec river on a traditional wooden raft.

A tip for you*. Local travel agencies sell the rafting tour at 100-150 Euro. However, if you go on your own, you will only pay 60 Zl for the ticket and 9 Zl for the bus ticket to return to Sromowce Wyzne.

All shots were made with iPhone 6S+ and the Moment lenses.


I am very grateful to my Friend Monica from @bewilderedinmorocco for the orange blossom Moroccan honey that she gave me before we went to the mountains.

Location: Tatra mountains, Poland.

Photographers: Vitaliy Pototskiy, Veronica Pototska


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  • Reply Enjoyfreebies October 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    What an adorable little cabin! I wonder if the cat lives there the rest of the year. What a cute story and gorgeous photos too!

  • Reply terristeffes October 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

    What a gorgeous place! I would love to have the experience you had. So wonderful!

  • Reply Pam October 10, 2016 at 1:46 am

    What amazing pictures. And a great experience! That cabin looks so inviting and I can see why you wanted to stay there.

  • Reply Amanda Love October 10, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Oh my, that place is breathtaking. Nothing beats a view like that. It’s authentic and rare and it’s something that you would call a luxury to be able to see. Beautiful. I’m glad you found a cabin like there to stay in as well.

  • Reply Tabitha Shakespeare October 10, 2016 at 3:05 am

    This cabin is now on my bucket list! It looks like you had an amazing time and your pictures are absolutely fabulous!

  • Reply Dana Vento October 10, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I’m in love with your photos! Those pic are so gorgeous. I’m glad you had fun experienced!

  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter October 10, 2016 at 4:05 am

    oh my gosh. What a perfect place to escape the hectic world and regroup. Absolutely breathtaking!

  • Reply amandahrosson October 10, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Wow, what gorgeous photos (and place)!! I can’t believe you took them all using your phone! I’ve got to check that lens out!

  • Reply Heather October 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

    That is definitely my type of vacation destination! What a gorgeous view and beautiful rustic cabin.

  • Reply Angela October 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    This all looks so lovely! The cabin is so quaint and it looks so peaceful, I would love to get away to a place like this 🙂

  • Reply OurFamilyWorld October 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    If R&R are what you are looking for, this is the perfect place. The view is amazing! I would love to go one day.

  • Reply Megan mccoig October 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    This sounds like my idea of heaven. I would love to do this, me and my boyfriend. The pictures are so beautiful to.

  • Reply Debra October 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    This place looks amazing and I agree with you, I love night time in the mountains. Especially on a clear night and you can see so many starts! It’s incredible!

  • Reply Rebecca October 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    WOw what a stunning view. I would be happy to curl up with a book in this cabin.

  • Reply Thelittlelai: Beyond limits October 10, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, it must be a great place to experience. The fact that you went back there, this mountain should be a really a dependable place to unwind. I like how you include the cat moment on your blog. He’s too cute, thank you for being kind and you let him in.

  • Reply Michi (@michisolee) October 11, 2016 at 12:03 am

    It is really nice to revisit old places. The cabin looks comfy and I would love to experience that. I experienced rafting too here in the Philippines and the price is cheaper. 🙂 Btw, you have lovely photos.

  • Reply Kim October 11, 2016 at 1:31 am

    It looks so cozy and peaceful. I love the snow capped mountains and the look of the tree lines. It’s untouched beauty!

  • Reply Reesa Lewandowski October 11, 2016 at 2:04 am

    What an amazing place to enjoy and refresh! It’s like something out of a storybook!

  • Reply Heather October 11, 2016 at 3:04 am

    What a dream trip! Rafting looks so relaxing and your pictures are beautiful!

  • Reply taylorannes95 October 11, 2016 at 4:52 am

    It looks so perfect and peaceful, like my kind of place. I think you could really let your mind unwind here.

  • Reply Stargazer October 11, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! I can’t help but feel relaxed while reading this.

  • Reply Kris October 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Im in awe with all the pictures you shared. I like the cabin and its warm rustic vibe. May I know what camera are you using? Suberb pictures, I can’t get over it. Haha!

  • Reply Sydney Fashion Hunter October 11, 2016 at 7:31 am

    There is something magical about returning to place you have been to long ago. Exactly as you say familiar and unfamiliar and the same time. It’s a great experience to reminisce but also to marvel and what has changed. Poland looks amazing but I think it will be a while before I get there.

  • Reply Nya October 11, 2016 at 7:39 am

    This place looks absolutely stunning. I’m in love with the pictures, which makes me now want to get an iPhone and moment lenses. Did you edit the pictures? They are so beautiful. I’m glad you enjoyed your time 🙂

  • Reply Megan Indoe October 11, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I love the photography, I was really surprised when you said they were all shot with the iphone with lenses! Now I want to get some of those! Also, the cabin and mountains seem like a perfect weekend away! I would have totally let in the cat as well! Beautiful post!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus October 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

    How incredible, this is the very definition of rustic living and it is mesmerizing. How cute is the tawny cat as well?

  • Reply Nina Sogue October 11, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Your pictures are amazing! And the place is so beautiful! I’m sure it’s the perfect place to relax. This makes me want to go on a vacation too!

    Nina Sogue

  • Reply momi berlin October 11, 2016 at 11:35 am

    First, I cannot stop from admiring your photos. They are truly beautiful. Second, I enjoyed how you shared with us your trip and how you found the deserted cabin and the tawny cat. And lastly, I truly admire and seems to have fallen in love with the place.

  • Reply Kris October 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Some place away from the city with a superb view! That’s another peice of heaven on Earth. I love the rustic and chill vibe of the cottage. That’s totally a great place to relax over a weekend. 🙂

  • Reply Terri Steffes October 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    What spectacular photos! I would love to raft on a wooden raft sometime in my life!

  • Reply Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps October 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I just simply love this travel post so much! I was just up in the mountains this weekend and am already missing it! <3

  • Reply Daphne from Girlswanderlust October 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    This cabin and the surrounding looks amazing!!! Would love to visit the Tatra mountains once! Haha I am convinced this cat will sit every night in front of the cabin with every time other people letting him/her in!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      You just broke my heart lol! The tawny cat definitely does that every night 🙂

  • Reply Sam October 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    THIS right here is my idea of the outdoors! I can feel everything from the lakes, to the trees, to the sky. It’s a place I can only dream about. I hope someday I get to see it!

  • Reply GlamKaren October 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I wish I could hop right into these photos! I am loving the views and would want to visit Poland one day! I’m part Polish, so it would be incredible. And, love the part about the kitty! So charming…

  • Reply Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) October 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I love everything about this place. The cabin, the scenery, the wine…. What a wonderful place to visit.

  • Reply ceomombrand October 11, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for bringing us along on your trip. Your photos were also beautiful!

  • Reply Kiwi October 12, 2016 at 12:22 am

    What great editorial photos! Never thought to visit Tatra Tatry Mountains but it looks peaceful!

  • Reply CourtneyLynne October 12, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Omg what a fabulous place!!! Just loving all of your photos!!! I would love to visit one day!!!

  • Reply Dana Vento October 12, 2016 at 1:01 am

    What a gorgeous photos! I’m in love in this place, it’s quite peaceful.

  • Reply tumbleweedsandbigdreams October 12, 2016 at 3:29 am

    What a gorgeous place! It looks so cozy! We are not really travelers but I hope to travel one day!

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander October 12, 2016 at 3:39 am

    That looks so romantic. That would be something that my husband and I would really enjoy. Great post!

  • Reply Star Lengas October 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Veronica, your storytelling absolutely pulled me in. I absolutely would love to stay in that little cottage, it feels like the perfect play to reconnect with a loved one. I’m saving this one to my wishlist. Also I love the pictures!

  • Reply Blair Villanueva October 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    You have a great eye on photography! I wonder if you use any photo filter apps of anything… I’m curious AF! 😀

  • Reply mappingmegan October 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Sounds like such a spectacular vacation spot – I would love to organize a cottage stay in the mountains!

  • Reply Andrea Romanov October 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    This sounds like an amazing vacation retreat! I would love to organize a cottage stay in the mountains and visit Poland 🙂
    I never knew this could be shot with your phone!

  • Reply Yan October 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Woah, the pictures are amazing! I’m glad you found that quaint cabin at Airbnb. I also have a lot of places in my wishlist, and one day I want to be able to tick them all off! Again, I love your photos!!!

  • Reply Yanna K. October 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Your photos are breathtaking! Is this place even real? This cabin is in my wishlist from now. One more thong – I have never heard of the Moment lenses before. I checked their website and I am amazed.

  • Reply alexanderqsmommy October 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    That is an amazingly beautiful place! I’m so happy you were able to go back there and have this experience.

  • Reply Robin Rue October 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    This looks like such an amazing place to visit. It definitely reminds me of somewhere whimsical right out of a story.

  • Reply Ami Bhat October 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Your stay here seems so much like a fairy tale…cabin up a hill with a tawny cat and a wooden raft. Had a nice time reading it.

  • Reply Angela October 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    This looks absolutely sublime! I would love a trip like this, it looks so beautiful there!!

  • Reply Indrani October 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Absolutely brilliant captures. I am very surprised that this could be shot with iphone.
    Those lambs are too cute.

  • Reply toughcookiemommy October 14, 2016 at 2:43 am

    This is such a beautiful and magical place. I love all of the vibrant and vivid photos that you took. They make me feel like I am there too.

  • Reply Karina Pacheco October 14, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures and your wonderful experience!

  • Reply wanderingwagarschristina October 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    What amazing scenery! Your pictures really draw me in. I am surprised to find out these were taken with your smartphone. I definitely need to look into Moment lenses. Not having to lug around a bulky DSLR is definitely a bonus.

  • Reply Janine Good October 14, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    How amazing is this piece that was shot from your iphone! I got so hungry when I saw the melted brie. The cabin looks so cozy and romantic, especially on a cold winter’s day!

  • Reply traveltorecovery1981 October 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

    These photos are great and to think its all done on a iPhone. I use a iPhone 5 but my pictures never turn out like this I think I need a newer model and the extra lenses.

  • Reply Carmy @ October 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Amazing shots! Especially from an iPhone. I thought it was a DSLR

  • Reply Joanna October 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I love everything about the cabin in the mountains: I love how small it is, I love the wood, the simplicity and of course, the cat! Your photos are gorgeous, I can’t believe they came out of an iphone.

  • Reply polly674 October 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Wonderful place and awesome pictures, well done with Iphone! The one of cheese is really mouthwatering!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Yes, that cheese was the perfect food for cold evenings.

  • Reply Tom October 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent photos. The first one reminded me of scenes from Peru, and thus I was surprised this is Poland. Poland is on my short list for next year, and I think it’s a under-reported country for travel blogs, so cheers to you for bringing part of it here.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 15, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Tom, I have more posts about Poland coming soon! And I also have some posts about Ukraine, you might be interested in them as well.

  • Reply anjuprakash October 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    The landscape is just so beautiful, your pictures capture some amazing moments! the cabin with the fireplace looks so cozy. Also, love your shawl/poncho! 😀

  • Reply Rashmi and Chalukya October 16, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Just Wow! That little cute cabin seems so surreal. A stay on mountains amidst the nature away from the bustling towns would be a dream.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      This is definitely something to be missed in Europe!

  • Reply Chantae October 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love the pictures and the short glimpses into your stay through little stories – how cute that the cat hangs around 🙂 Incredible photos and looks like a wonderful place for adventure travel. Though the lake looks freezing :X I wonder how warm it gets in summer?

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      The river was really cold! I think the mountain rivers never get warm enough even in summers.

  • Reply Mika October 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Your writing is so descriptive and present that it makes me feel as if I were right there with you two (like you would want that, LOL). It all looks so cozy and cut off from the social world, which is what we all need sometimes. And what beautiful pictures, too!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      thank you, Mika!

  • Reply sensubhadrika October 16, 2016 at 10:44 am

    It feels great to revisit those places where you have been years ago. This just happened to me recently when I went to Dubai. It was familiar and unknown at the same time, like you said. Also, I love night time in the mountains when the entire land is pitch black and faraway dim lights twinkling like stars make a beautiful almost painting like landscape.

  • Reply verushka143 October 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

    As always your images are stunning.Followed your trip on IG.Love the deserted log cabin. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

  • Reply Alberto C. October 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    What a beautiful place, your photos are gorgeous! The Tatra Mountains look like the prefect place for a relaxing getaway, I’d LOVE staying in that cabin up in the mountains for a few days!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Alberto, this is indeed a perfect place to hide away from everybody!

  • Reply Melissa October 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I need this in my life! How gorgeous

  • Reply Melissa October 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I think I could just move in!! Can’t imagine having that view every morning. Love it! Staring at the pictures!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Melissa, you’d love it there!

  • Reply Shane October 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    What a tranquil little getaway this cabin in the woods must have been! I prefer being amongst the mountains over the beach any day!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Really? I am definitely a beach person, but I also love the mountains.

  • Reply Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life October 17, 2016 at 9:39 am

    What great shots! I am actually surprised that this was taken with your phone. I did not know about Moment Lenses, so thanks for this Veronica. A great tip. Also, I would love to stay here for a nice and quiet weekend. It looks so lovely, serene and romantic. A n amazing place for a getaway, relaxation and to be able to clear your head for a little while. You chose the perfect outfit for this.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you, Sheri! Actually, this place is not that far from you!

  • Reply Ana Ojha October 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Tatra mountains looks splendid and I’d love to stay there for few days enjoying the beauty of the mother nature! I can’t believe that all your pictures are clicked through iPhone 6S+! You look gorgeous in your pictures and loved your NATASHA FISHCHENKO’S cape!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya October 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you, Ana! The mountains are truly amazing. I was also surprised when I discovered what modern mobile phones are capable of.

  • Reply Tamz October 19, 2016 at 4:40 am

    That is a stunning place surrounded by those beautiful mountains. I could spend my whole day rowing the boat along that river. And that cabin looks super cozy – something to look for in the future hopefully 🙂
    Lovely photos as usual and I am loving the outfits by Natasha, honestly

  • Reply Vedante | The Lavish Nomad October 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I love these pictures! The scenery is so beautiful. I also love how all of these pictures have a similar tone. I like the way they are edited. Great work!

  • Reply Kathi October 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This place looks so beautiful – what a gorgeous cabin!

  • Reply Sally Cochrane October 31, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I remember visiting Zakopane and it was one of my favourite places on our Eurotrip. The mountains of Poland are just beautiful and you really captured it through your photos.

  • Reply Amandas_Wanderlust October 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I absolutely adore wooden cabins and have always wanted to live/stay in a wooden cabin in the woods or mountains! So I would love to stay in the cabin in the Tatra Mountains. What a find! I can’t believe you found such a unique place through Airbnb.

  • Reply Pinay Flying High October 31, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Oh wow! That cabin is made of pure win! I can imagine why it was on your bucket list, it is in mine as well now. 🙂

  • Reply Alina Popescu October 31, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This looks like an absolutely amazing adventure! I’ve never really had a cabin all to myself, but I would like to try this out. I guess a weekend in the mountains with your loved one is as romantic as you can get. And with a scenery like this, who wouldn’t want to go?

  • Reply thewordhermit November 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    LOVE this! So, did you really just show up at the cabin hoping to secure a stay there? That sounds too romantic for words! Love the cape you’re wearing in the photos too!

  • Reply Cori Carl January 11, 2017 at 2:09 am

    What an adorable cabin! It’s nice to know that Americans aren’t the only ones who’ve fallen for the tiny house craze. I ended up in some seemingly secluded places in Croatia, but nothing compared to this.

  • Reply Paige Wunder January 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Holy coziness! That cabin looks absolutely PERFECT! What a romantic getaway. My husband and I love mountain cabins and I think this may be a new destination for us. Rowing that boat looks absolutely magical as well. I love your poncho as well! Xx

  • Reply Monika Mizinska January 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Omg these shots!! love them!! making me wanna go to Tatra noooww

    and I just noticed you have featured me, thank you soooo much xoxo

  • Reply AllGudThings January 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    The landscapes and your pictures are awesome.

  • Reply Flavio @ Adventurous Travels February 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I can see the part what you visited is called Pieniny, not exactly Tatry 😉 If you liked it there, do go visit the crystal clear, turquoise, blue and green lakes of valleys in the High Tatras – Dolina Gasienicowa, Czarny Staw. You will love it!

  • Reply Stella the Travelerette May 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    What gorgeous photos! I’ve never been to the Tatra Mountains or Poland, but I’d love to go some day. The natural beauty here seems incredible!

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