Parking at an angle
Another day of workâ€¦ blah, blah, blah. The bonus today was lunch. They made sure I was well fed today. Lunch consisted of a type of pea soup and pirogues. It was very good and apparently very authentic.
After work three of my colleagues took me into town for dinner and a walk about. We drove down and dropped my car off among the embassies on the Royal Route. After consolidating into a single car we drove further into the city past Larienki Park and Three Crosses Square. An odd and interesting fact is Larienski translates to Bathroom.
We parked near the Warszawa Hotel.
Until the Palace of Culture was completed this was the tallest building in Warsaw. It was rebuilt in the Socialist style during the post war period. From here we headed Nowy Swiat (New World Street) and turned down Krakowskie Przedmiesce. One thing that has struck me is how incredibly flat Warsaw is. It is probably more pronounced because of coming from Austria.
We pasted the Copernicus Monument and I was informed that he was Polish and not German as many would try to tell you. I was very fortunate the Piotr, one of my guide is a history buff. When we reached the (Dom bez Kantow) The building without corners we turned to go to the Saxon Gardens. This park was once a grand place with a complex of buildings.
The Germans demolished it before the Russians came to â€śrescueâ€ť the city. Passing the statue of Jozef Pilsudski, the first Head of State after independence, we headed back to the Hotel Bristol.
Looking down Nowy Swiat
In the park between the Bristol and St Joseph the Guardianâ€™s Church was an exhibition of German aerial photos of Warsaw during the war. It was astonishing to see the extreme devastation. The Jewish Getto looked like a freshly plowed field, there was nothing left. There were literally block of building with no roofs and heavily damage. How the people and the city found the strength and courage to rebuild is amazing. Piotr has given me a number of vintage photos showing the damage after war. I am including those with my photos.
We continued on into Old Town past the Royal Castle passing through Castle Square.
We had dinner a Polka Magda Gessler restaurant on Swietojanska. It was quite a restaurant. We ordered and while the first course was coming three of us headed out for a quick look at Old Town Market Square. It was heavily damaged and rebuilt. In the center is the city symbol, a mermaid. I had lost all light so the photos are the best I could manage. We make a quick stop at the gate to the separating the Old and New town. After this we headed back as we suspected the soup was almost at the table. When we arrived the waiter was at the table. Dinner was excellent and the company was very entertaining.
Nicholas Copernicus Monument
After dinner we headed back to the car so we could all get home. I headed to the hotel and packed. Tomorrow I get to head home and be back with Brian!! The trip has been great but I am ready to be home.
I was very excited to find that I was the featured blog of the day today. It was very excepted and exciting.