For our last day; not only in Zakopane and Poland but also of our official pilgrimage, we headed to the mountains surrounding Zakopane for the morning. So much has happened over the past week; with World Youth Day just happening days ago and now a retreat to conclude our pilgrimage. We started the day off with an early wake-up, and another awesome breakfast downstairs at our hotel; the Mercure Kasprowy. The views from the hotel gave a really stunning backdrop of the Tatra Mountains of Zakopane.
Our bus transported us to the main area of town to catch a ride on the 'funicular'. It took us up to the top of a mountain and enjoyed beautiful panoramic views over the whole of Zakopane. The ride ascended us to the top of one of the lower summits. The views again were breath-taking, and very scenic.
We were able to visit a small church which had remained steadfast through the former oppressive communism of Poland to be etched into the region's history. We explored local markets and tasted the local cuisine with potatoes in any form being a favourite of the Polish.