During the time I was in Poland, I had a few hours on a Sunday morning to walk into the town of Augustow. There are great walking paths all around the hotel and lakefront and it made for easy walk, even though they were covered with snow.
On the route taken into town, we passed through a large cemetery. Upon entering the cemetery, someone had set up a small stand and was selling flowers and candles. Inside, row after row of headstones, most with a cross of some kind on them. It was a very beautiful scene actually.
Several of the gravesites were well tended. The snow had been brushed off and flickering lanterns or candles were nestled in flowers.
It amazed me to see so many people out and about in the cemetery on a cold Sunday morning.
The canal was built in the 19th century and links the Vistula River in northeastern Poland and the Neman River in Belarus. It is almost 63 miles long. The Polish side of the canal is very popular with kayakers, canoeists and boaters who enjoy the picturesque route.
This time of year, however, the canal is mostly frozen.
It was very quiet in town and not many cars were driving around the cobblestone streets. We would soon find out why.
We waited until most people had left before walking around the church. We did not go inside out of respect but I would have enjoyed seeing the interior.
Pope John Paul II is beloved in Poland (of course!) and there was a statue of him outside of the church. He apparently stayed near Augustow during a pilgrimage in 1999 but I was unable to read the information in our hotel because it was written in Polish.
Augustow is a lovely town and I hope I can experience it during the warmer months.