The Polish countryside hides a very well kept secret... It is the small picturesque village of Zalipie, known for its paintings on wood. In fact, its charm comes from its houses, fences, barns, hives, doors, etc. decorated with brightly colored floral paintings, hand painted. Getting in the village is a bit like being transported to the heart of a true fairy tale.
The origin of this practice dates back to the time when housewives began to paint flowers on the outside walls of their homes to hide the soot stains left by combustion particles coming from chimneys.
And since then, the tradition continues, giving even an annual competition to find the most beautiful house!