Opole is a small town in the south of Poland. I was here last July, to attend an Erasmus Plus project, and I would like to emphasize the beauty of this town. In fact, all the region is famous for the former quarries, but now the municipalities are putting in efforts on cultural and artistic changes. The city center reminds of Austrian-like architecture, and the petit-gout of colors and geometrical shapes brings a touch of elegance and grace to the streets. You can also find a wide array of pubs and different brands of beers as you see from the picture below. If you glance at the river, you will spot some quirky boat tours – in the pic we were amused by the ducks boats – and if you ask the citizens about the docks, you will find that the residents greatly consider this part of the city as a little Venice. They must be very proud of it!
From an architectural point of view, I liked the house shapes and decorations, with their petite gardens and their fluffy flowers. The majestic library is worth a visit or at least a stop-by. The huge glass panels report the verses and sonnets of famous poets and writers. At the end, the contrast of greys with the blues of the sky and the urban context creates an innovative experience of a renovated city. Indeed, what I appreciated about this town was its capability to transform itself from an old and unhealthy mining center to a colorful, modern and up-to-date reality. Another example of that switch-over can be found in the squares, perfectly designed with bright fountains made by mosaics and clever game spaces for people like to play chess. Speaking of fun and relaxing, the center also offers a wide area which recreates a beach landscape. A big pond with giant water spurts surrounds an area of cafés.
Opole has a huge park too. If you are a sporty person, I suggest you take a long stroll along the river heading to the beautiful green oasis which hosts Laba café. This place was so good, as it was relaxing as a beach venue, but sober with basic black and white furniture and sprinkles of colour from the balloons on the ceiling. At Laba we enjoyed our coffee hour. A hint: just try their original smoothies and teas. Alternatively, you could go for an ice-cream. How inspirational all this experience was. We ended up by making our Erasmus personal ball and had a memorable photo shoot.