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Zimna Woda – Cold Water, Łuków

Visiting the neighboring Lublin Voivodship

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Zimna Woda Recreation Complex entrance sign

Zimna Woda Recreation Complex entrance sign

"Zimna Woda" ("Cold Water" in English) Sport and Recreation Center (OsiR for short) is an attractive place for active people, a multifunctional recreation center located in Wypoczynkowa Street on the north-western outskirts of the city of Łuków. It’s a man-made lake built in 1975 by the community members. This place lies beyond the province we are staying in. Therefore, it was our first trip beyond the borders of Masovia.

Visiting Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

Visiting Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

Our local Ukrainian friends were kind enough to take us there by car on a fine Sunday. It was a twenty miles ride to the south of Siedlce.
Upon arrival, we looked at the lake shore and chose a good place to sit in the shadow of a willow-tree, where we had lunch later. We went for a walk along the lake promenade and bathed.

Visiting Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

Visiting Zimna Woda Recreation Complex


The smiling black bear with a raised right paw seems to say hello as though inviting you to visit Łuków.
It's the coat-of-arms of Łuków.

The advertising board proudly informs the guests that the bathing water meets the microbiological requirements set out in the Regulation of the Minister of Health on the supervision of the quality of bathing water and a place occasionally used for bathing.

The promenade at Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

The promenade at Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

Officially, they call it a lagoon, not a lake. Its surface occupies 16 hectares. They say the maximum depth is about 3 meters. There is also a smaller water reservoir with an area of about two hectares, separated by a causeway.

Visiting Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

Visiting Zimna Woda Recreation Complex


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The water bike pier at Zimna Woda Recreation Complex

We saw that the recreation complex had a lot of great places to enjoy for holidaymakers: a barbecue shed, several courts (basketball, badminton, volleyball), tennis tables, outdoor gyms, changing rooms, etc. There is also a 4-pole rope lift for wakeboarding.

Who can resist an ice cream here, I wonder

Who can resist an ice cream here, I wonder

There were many people on the beach. Some other people hired a water bike and had a pleasant tour of the lake pedalling the water bike.
And, of course, there’s no lake relaxation without an ice cream.
We were surprised to see dozens of storks in the skies. We called them pterodactyls for their size.They gathered in two separate flocks and rose higher and higher in the clouds seemingly enjoying their flight, simply soaring in the air.

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Behold: a flock of beautiful and graceful pterodactyls above us!
Passing the village of Biardy on our way back to Siedlce

Passing the village of Biardy on our way back to Siedlce


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On our way back we made a stopover in Biardy and in Wiśniew to take pictures of several nice places which had caught our eyes on the way to the lake. The village of Biardy is on the outsirts of Łuków – the city we still have to visit and to explore. The wooden statue attracted us. It turned out to be a man with forest mushrooms. We also saw a firefighters memorial and a high-end hotel called “Honey Lavender”.

The roadside cross in Biardy - the firefighters memorial

The roadside cross in Biardy - the firefighters memorial

The village commune of Wiśniew is located in the east of the Masovian Voivodeship at the border with the Lublin Province. The oldest mention of Wiśniew dates back to 1418. The village owners changed often. Among them there were the Leszczyńskis, the Jabłonóws and the Kosierscys. The name of the place comes from cherry-tree.
Wiśniew is a typical agricultural commune. Agricultural lands occupy 72% of the area, and forests occupy 21% of the commune area. There is a large fish pond complex in Mościśbrody.

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The village church is called Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus .

The natural values of the commune are represented by Łukowski and Siedlce-Węgrowski Protected Landscape Area and a large Kryńszczak Forest Complex. In Siedlce-Węgrowski, the protected landscape area is the forest complex - Uroczysko Stok Wiśniewski. The valleys of the Mukhawka and the Myrcha rivers are nice and important natural areas.

The monuments of the commune include:

  • the Court and Park Complex in Mościbrody (the nearest one to Siedlce, which we are planning to visit soon),
  • the Court and Park Complex in Jastrzębia Katy
  • the church in Radomyśl dedicated to Saint Andrew of Avellino.

Visiting the village of Wiśniew

Visiting the village of Wiśniew

We liked this wooden bench that stands in front of the Commune Council building. It is surrounded by figures of four village musicians, who rejoice at our arrival and dedicate their music to you. Many thanks, dear village residents, it's very kind and ingenuous of you! You can also see a map of Wiśniew Commune (on the above photograph it is below left) carved on a trunk. In fact, it's the first map carved on a tree trunk that I have seen in my life.
Since the history of the commune does not give grounds to find the right coat-of-arms, the commune decided to accept the so-called “speaking coat-of-arms" that has a direct reference to to the name of the commune. The coat-of-arms of Wiśniew commune represents a green cherry-tree with red berries in the golden field. From this coat of arms, the colors of vexiles (flags, table flags and banners) were derived.
We visited several monuments and memorials that stand in front of the Commune Council, among them Pope John Paul II memorial.

Pope John Paul II memorial, in Wiśniew

Pope John Paul II memorial, in Wiśniew

Next to the portrait of Pope John Paul II on a black granite, there is a quote of the Pope with his autograph. The quote was taken from the homily of John Paul II delivered on 3 June 1991 at the airport in Masłow near Kielce. The inscription reads, “... this is my Mother, this land! This is my Mother, this Homeland! "
The inscription on the gray marble contains a quote from the Homily of Pope John Paul II pronounced at the mass that took place on Thursday, June 10, 1999 in Siedlce. The iscription in golden letters reads,

May the Cross, the very form of which unites heaven and earth and men among themselves,
flourish in our land and become a great tree laden with the fruits of salvation.

John Paul II, Siedlce 10.06.1999

There is also a fountain and a firefighters memorial. The firefighters memorial commemorates the centenary of the OSP - the Firefighters Service. The statue represents Archangel St.Michael, the patron saint of all firefighters, who stands next to a house on fire to protect it.

The village fountain in Wiśniew

The village fountain in Wiśniew


The firefighters memorial, Wiśniew

The firefighters memorial, Wiśniew

There are two memorial plaques on the pedestal. They read,

With gratitude to our firefighters from the Wisniew commune for their sacrificial service for the local community
Grateful residents
Wiśniew, 2023

To continue serving to God, homeland, people
OSP Wiśniew

1917-2017

Anothet memorial is dedicated to the Polish freedom fighters. There are two memorial plaques on this memirial.

The Freedom Fighters memorial, Wiśniew

The Freedom Fighters memorial, Wiśniew

The memorial plaques read,

To the heroes who fell in the battles for the liberation of Poland in 1914-1921
Honor and glory to them

Grateful to God for our independent homeland
residents of the Wiśniew commune

1918 — 2018

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There is what I called the Villagers' Military Combat Merit memorial in front of the Commune Council building. There is an inscription on the memorial plaque that is attached to the stone containing the image of the Order of Grunwald 3rd class. The inscription reads,

The Order of Grunwald 3rd class was given to the village of Wiśniew on October 16, 1985
in recognition of the outstanding combat merit of the residents
in the battles with German invaders

Wiśniew , 2006

This memorial stands in the rear part of the Soviet tank and is, in fact, a separate war memorial. However, you can get an impression that this memorial is a part of the neighboring Soviet Liberation Memorial that stands next to it.
It was a big surprise for us all to see a war memorial in the form of a Soviet T-34 tank that proudly stands on an elevated pedestal opposite the village church. It's the only memorial of such kind we have seen in Poland. The tank is anonymous, as it were. It should have at least a red star or a Soviet registration number. That would have been too much, I think. This war memorial is very striking for those, who pass the area by car driving along he national road No. 63, on the route Siedlce – Łuków – Lublin. I don't think many drivers make a stopover here, though. However, they can think of the terrible war and hard times that our fathers and grandfathers had to endure.

Liberation memorial in  Wiśniew

Liberation memorial in Wiśniew

The inscription on the memorial plaque in the front part of the tank reads,

On July 24, 1944 a Soviet T-34 tank liberated Wiśniew.
This tank was installed on September 13, 1986 by the Warsaw Military District

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Posted by Vic_IV 08:54 Archived in Poland Tagged masovia mazovia siedlce oginski

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So many lovely places to visit where you are.

by irenevt

Hello, Irene! Indeed, it is especially convenient, if you have a car at your disposal.You cannot always rely on buses, you know, especially on Sundays, when they all seem to have a day off.

by Vic_IV

Map carved in to a wooden bench, how quirky, I like it!! :)

by hennaonthetrek

Indeed, Henna! I like this creativity! There are so many nice places to explore here. You might not even find them in travel books about this region and have to discover them on your own.

by Vic_IV

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