our Central Park in Warsaw

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It was Saturday morning when I was biking across our "Central Park". A little cold and rainy hour, no sun and no many people. Park is usually a lively place, but right now the redecorating works are led so "J├│zef Pi┼ésudski Park" is quiet and changing.  

Almost 200 years ago on this field came into being the Mokotowskie War Field - a place of military practices. Then the track of horce-races replaced it. Later in 1910 the first Warsaw airport was situated here, but it is interesting that the first air deminstration took place on the squere of horce-races and was not successful a little :/  French pilot Guyot broke airplane Bleriot "La Manche" and didn't took off.

But till the First WW the airport served the lovers of air sport. Here flew pioneers of aviation. Here came into being the first polish airplane, designed and built by Czesław Zbierański.

1912-1914 the airport was used by russian military aviation, 1916-1918-german military aviation. From 1918 again by polish military aviation. After mentioned "turbulance" in 1921 the civil air harbour appeared here and people flown Paris-Strasburg-Pragha-Warsaw thanks to French company "Franco-Roumaine". German Aerolloyd operated here, too. And again from 1925 polish Aerolot.  By the way, Aerolot was changed into LOT polish airlines and nowadays LOT operates at Warsaw Chopin airport, maybe 20 min by car from the Mokotowskie Fields.

In Saturday morning when I was biking across the 60 hectare park I didn't find any evidence of 200 hectare civil airport or military fields when marshal's Pi┼ésudski army paraded here, well... time seems to be able to change almost everything. Maybe the green color of the Fields is still the same as it was 200 years ago.

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The Mokotowskie airport monument
The Mokotowskie airport monument
the pub Lolek
the pub Lolek
Warsaw
photo by: EmyG