The glamour of the Old Town

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The Castle square
When we woke up in our lovely room, ready for our first day in Warsaw, the sun was shining bright outside. That's why we decided to head for the Wilanow gardens first. Yet it was a terrible mistake. We wasted a lot of time wondering the gardens, which were small and unspectacular, and most of all completely under construction. I can't believe they dared to charge us to visit what was nothing more than a construction area.  We were highly disappointed, and soon returned to Warsaw center, where we got of the bus at the shopping street Nowy Swiat to have a coffee on the terrace of La Cantina bar. The sun was still shining and although clouds started to appear the coffee had cheered us up again an we started of for a full days walk through the old center.

I shouldn't have waited so many months to write this blog, as I find it now hard to remember each and every church and facade we've seen.
The Castle square
I'll try to list most of them, but anyway, the Warsaw center is beautiful. It is clean, a bit posh even, but splendid. Although most of the architecture is "fake" (read, rebuild replicas of what ones used to be there), it all feels so authentic. There is lots of space and lots of air, not the crowded hustle of Krakow. All is so well maintained and it doesn't feel like you're in such a big capital city. The old center is cozy and, though I know it's not really true, old. It really feels old. Basically, that's unbelievable.

Our walk started at the Nowy Swiat street, all up north, passing by several buildings like the Holy Cross church, The Adam Mickiewicz monument, the university, over the Krakowskie Przedmiescie street past the Visitation church, the Saxon garden and the tomb of the unknown soldier and the theater.
At the Castle square
After all of that, we stood back at where we started: the Royal Castle Square. Here is the Royal Castle, of course. But we were so tired after all the walking and so happy with the nice weather, that we didn't feel like visiting it anymore. Instead, we took a look at the Sigismund column,  the outside of the castle, the Saint Johns Cathedral, walked through the small old streets of the old town, sat down in front of the Syrene statue at the Rynek Nowego Miasta, visited Barbakan gate, the Kasimir church and the The monument over the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising.

After that, we were basically to tired to do anything else than prepare for dinner. We weren't as lucky as yesterday though, the restaurant we picked was absolute crab. I didn't even bother to write down the name, yet I should have, because I feel like no one should go and have diner there. Staff was just rude and the food was expensive and worthless. It wasn't such a nice ender of the day, but luckily we had our great hotel room to return to.


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The Castle square
The Castle square
The Castle square
The Castle square
At the Castle square
At the Castle square
At the Castle square
At the Castle square
Church next to the Wilanow palace
Church next to the Wilanow palace
Church next to the Wilanow palace
Church next to the Wilanow palace
Grave monument at Wilanow
Grave monument at Wilanow
Wilanow palace
Wilanow palace
Not so happy about the Wilanow gar…
Not so happy about the Wilanow ga…
The palace of culture and science:…
The palace of culture and science…
Me and the fountain at Saxon garden
Me and the fountain at Saxon garden
Mom having lunch
Mom having lunch
Me, as well very happy with the lu…
Me, as well very happy with the l…
Outdoor exhibition
Outdoor exhibition
Presidential residence (or so we w…
Presidential residence (or so we …
Krakowskie Przed Miescie street
Krakowskie Przed Miescie street
Many, many, MANY churches in Warsa…
Many, many, MANY churches in Wars…
Colorful houses and small streets
Colorful houses and small streets
Rynek Nowego Miasta
Rynek Nowego Miasta
Beautiful church at beautiful squa…
Beautiful church at beautiful squ…
Some garden we accidentally ended …
Some garden we accidentally ended…
Monte Cassino monument
Monte Cassino monument
Powstanta Warzawskiego monument, t…
Powstanta Warzawskiego monument, …
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