The delegates rehearse for the big final – By Tomasz Mosionek
The Miss Supranational Best National Dress and Talent competition show took place at Ciechocinek on Tuesday, in front of an audience of hundreds. A distinguished panel of judges was in charge of evaluating the beauties as they performed a variety of art forms on stage such as dancing, singing, and even motivational speaking.
At the conclusion of the gala, Miss Scotland was chosen as Best Talent for her vocal rendition of “Ironic” by Alanis Morrisette; and Miss Panama was voted Best National Dress.
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The contestants impressed the locals at Plock by parading in national costumes and addressing some words in Polish!
On Sunday, the 66 contestants participating in Miss Supranational 2010 left the city of Wieliczka to move to Ciechocinek for the final stage of the contest. On their way, they stopped for an official presentation at the Galeria Mazovia in Płock official host city of the pageant.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable cultural monuments in Poland, visited each year by over a million tourists from around the world. It is also a world class historical monument and as such is inscribed in UNESCO’s First World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Today, the Wieliczka Salt Mine represents both many centuries of tradition and modernity, centuries of history, and an underground city with an extensive infrastructure. The Mine is the heritage of the work of several dozen generations of miners, and a monument of the history of Poland and the Polish nation – a brand that has been created in the Polish collective consciousness over centuries.
The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts) are located on nine levels and extend for the total of about 300 kilometres: reaching the depth of 327 metres they illustrate all the stages of mining technology development over time.
The quotation comes from the justification for entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine on UNESCO’s First World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage, on September 8, 1978 together with 11 other sites from around the world. Indeed, the Wieliczka Mine reflects the progress of mining technology, the development of work organisation and management, and the introducing of industry legislation since the Middle Ages.
A group of contestants took a tour of one of Poland’s famous “Eco Farms” with self sustaining energy and organic foods.
The Miss Supranational contestants visited Kraków, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its historic centre was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites as the first of its kind. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century.
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The Miss Supranational contestants had the opportunity to visit Wadowice, a small city of about 20,000 some 30 miles southwest of Krakow, has got international recognition as the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.
Born in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla, the future Pontiff lived in Wadowice till 1938 when he moved to Krakow to study at its ancient Jagiellonian Univesity. Yet to his last days the late Holy Father remembered fondly his Wadowice youth and places associated with it, the schoolmates, his teachers, and other local folks he had used to know. Also, he tried to include the town, when possible, in his visits to Poland.
After sightseeing, the beauties were invited to a sample of local pastries, and they also posed for photos and took part in video films.
A group of contestants took part in the “World Miss Show of Fashion” held at the Volvo showroom in Katowice.