From an affably eccentric farmhouse in the village of Poźrzadło to the spectacular greenery and glittering lakes of Łagów ten minutes away, life here is something to be savoured and remembered.
Kiermusy’s Dworek nad Łąkami is not your typical hotel. Framed around an unevenly cobbled courtyard, it would better be described as a village within a village: the ivy-clad tavern on one flank, and at its head, accommodation filled with dusty gramophones and sepia images of Addams Family style characters.
I assumed the alter ego of a creature called Alain the Alien before proceeding to startle train passengers, knock on random doors, emerge from bushes and hand out Martian masks to local kids. Rarely have I been the subject of such love and fear, and yes, I absolutely loved it.
A bumbling interview, in which Webber blurted out that Wałbrzych was his favourite place in Poland, got our explorer thinking – and by Jove, he’s come up with some dynamite reasons to claim so.
Whilst strolling around an old fort in Modlin, Webber encounters the little-known story of a Baśka Murmańska, a polar bear adopted by a Polish battalion that had been fighting the Bolsheviks in Northern Russia.
Buried in the depths of Białowieża, the magical world of Carska is not unlike waking up trapped in the pages of a novel by Tolstoy – and who doesn’t want that?
With lockdown over, Webber checks out of Warsaw and books himself into one of his favourite cities – Łódź.
Webber reveals his secret weapon for tracking down his favourite type of places, which this week includes a haunted castle and ends with a foamy adventure.
They used to call him the fat Hugh Grant, now they just call him fat. But that’s probably because of all the high (and low) end eateries he frequents during his travels around Poland. Anyway, without further ado, join TFN columnist Alex Webber as he takes you inside Webber’s World.