In search for perfect gift in Poland and Czech Republic (Winter 2015)

I am pretty much sure that some you will agree with me that searching for “that” perfect gift from vacation trip could be a headache. During most of our trip, we are focusing on enjoying our time far away from our workplaces and hectic days full interaction with our blackberries not with our loved ones – not thinking about the approaching day of reckoning: the time when we must go back to reality and it will bite. At the end of our holidays, we often run into a small problem of not thinking about getting something special from all the places we visited, desperately searching for those little souvenirs, small gifts for our loved ones or bosses or even ourselves. It is easy to find something in the big supermarket type of souvenir store, catering to all the tourists (or folks like us) – one-size-fits-all souvenirs. However, going this way we are cheating ourselves from having a great story which connects with the hunt for this very particular gift.

Here is a photo story from our search for a perfect gift made of glass. This great attempt took us across two European countries: Poland and the Czech Republic, and over the snow-covered roads crossing Karkonosze Mountains. I strongly recommend a trip like one depicted below because you not only will find the “perfect for a gift” – but you are having fun because you will go skiing, drink some beer and even take a beer bath. Finally, upon return from your vacation – you will present your friend with a small glass mushroom.

Now I have my hand-made glass mushroom from Poland... now I need some cool photos and put together a nice story...
Now I have my hand-made glass mushroom from Poland… now I need some cool photos and put together a nice story…

However, this glass mushroom, when accompanied by a very interesting story (together with convincing photos) and connected with search and fun of finding “the perfect souvenir”, becomes the real gift  cherished for a long time.

Part one of the trip – Szklarska Poreba, Poland

Entrance to the Glass-making Store and Factory Lesna Huta in Szklarska Poreba, Poland. This store and factory is also located not to far away from the skiing facilities.
Entrance to the Glass-making Store and Factory Lesna Huta in Szklarska Poreba, Poland. This store and this factory are also located not to far away from the skiing facilities.
...more mushrooms....
…more mushrooms….
The glass bird is attached to the stick on which it was modeled in the heat of gas furnace...
The glass bird is attached to the stick on which will be molded in the heat of gas furnace…
....more glass birds....
….more glass birds….
In this glass-making factory you can work together and make your own products or go to the store and purchase ready-to-buy gifts.
In this glass-making factory you can work together and make your own products or go to the store and focus on ready-to-buy gifts.
Store offers dozens and dozens of hand made glass gifts. All of them are unique and available in different colors.
This store offers dozens and dozens of hand-made glass gifts. All of them are unique and available in different colors.
This was a fun trip...
This was a fun trip…

Now lets to go the Czech Republic and have some more fun with our search…

So pictured here Novosad Brewery is located in Czech city Harrahovis. It is also a glass-making. It is very conveniently located next to skiing sloops, offers small hotel, beer baths and in free time - shopping for perfect gifts made out of glass: hand made toys, plates, glasses and Christmas ornaments. Therefore, in one word: perfect time for entire family!
So pictured here Novosad Brewery and Restaurant is located in Czech city Harrahov. It is also a glass-making. It is very conveniently located next to skiing sloops, offers small hotel, beer baths and in free time – shopping for perfect gifts made of glass: hand-made toys, plates, glasses and Christmas ornaments. Therefore, in one word: perfect time for entire family!
Novosad Brewery and Glass-making Factory offers superbly handmade Christmas ornaments. Perfect gift!
Novosad Brewery and Glass-making Factory offers superbly handmade Christmas ornaments. Perfect gift!
They also have various assortments of toys and other glass products.
They also have various assortments of toys and other glass products.
Perfect gifts! The one problem was only how to get this delicate pieces back to USA - glass and airline baggage handlers are not necessarily best friends.
Perfect gifts! The one problem was only how to get this delicate pieces back to the USA – glass and airline baggage handlers are not necessarily best friends.

Below are two links for the reference and possibly directions to trace our footsteps.

http://www.szklarskaporeba.pl/en/about-szklarska/attractions-and-monuments/445-lena-huta.html

http://www.harrachov.com/en/harrachov/novosad-brewery-with-restaurant/

Cheers!

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