We crossed the border into Poland to visit the nearest town, Szklarska Poreba. We came looking for culture. Instead, we found a grey, dirty town with a "Museum of Minerals." Enough said. We made one tour of the town, dodging old ladies vending hand-knitted (grey) socks and mittens, and trying desperately not to sprain an ankle on the unshoveled pavement.
Local artists have tried to add a touch of colour to the town (below).
A visit to the Information centre confirmed our worst fears - Szklarska Poreba - Nic Moc.