Warsaw Walk About

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Another day of work… 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.

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.

Looking down Nowy Swiat
 The Germans demolished it before the Russians came to “rescue” the city.  Passing the statue of Jozef Pilsudski, the first Head of State after independence, we headed back to the Hotel Bristol.  

 

In the park between the Bristol and St Joseph the Guardian’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.

Nicholas Copernicus Monument
 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.

 

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.

RobMeetsWorld says:
Thanks, I thought it added some interest.
Posted on: Apr 12, 2009
giotravel says:
Great job with the inserts next to your pics!
Posted on: Apr 12, 2009
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Parking at an angle
Parking at an angle
Warszawa Hotel
Warszawa Hotel
Looking down Nowy Swiat
Looking down Nowy Swiat
Nicholas Copernicus Monument
Nicholas Copernicus Monument
Planet around the plaza of the Nic…
Planet around the plaza of the Ni…
Holy Cross Church
Holy Cross Church
Staszica Palace
Staszica Palace
Statue in from of Holy Cross Church
Statue in from of Holy Cross Church
Looking down Krakowskie Przedmiesc…
Looking down Krakowskie Przedmies…
Gates of Warsaw University
Gates of Warsaw University
Entrance to Warsaw University
Entrance to Warsaw University
32 Krakowskie Przedmiescie
32 Krakowskie Przedmiescie
The Straight House (Dom bez Kantow)
The Straight House (Dom bez Kantow)
St Joseph teh Guardians Church
St Joseph teh Guardian's Church
Stefan Kardynal
Stefan Kardynal
Saxon Gardens
Saxon Gardens
Original grandeur
Original grandeur
The Orginal glory
The Orginal glory
After the bombing
After the bombing
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Modern architecture
Modern architecture
Statue of Jozef Pilsudski
Statue of Jozef Pilsudski
Bristol Hotel
Bristol Hotel
Front of the Presidential Palace
Front of the Presidential Palace
St Annas Church
St Anna's Church
Statue on Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Statue on Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Remains of the Royal Castle
Remains of the Royal Castle
Castle Square
Castle Square
Zygumunts Column
Zygumunt's Column
Copula fo Royal Castle
Copula fo Royal Castle
Castle Square
Castle Square
In front of St Johns Cathedral
In front of St John's Cathedral
Kollataj Side of Market Square
Kollataj Side of Market Square
Kollataj after the bombings
Kollataj after the bombings
Kollataj elevation
Kollataj elevation
Dekert Side of Market Square
Dekert Side of Market Square
Dekert after the bombing
Dekert after the bombing
Dekert elevation
Dekert elevation
Barass Side of Market Square
Barass Side of Market Square
Barssa Side of Market Square
Barssa Side of Market Square
Zakrewski Sideof Market Square
Zakrewski Sideof Market Square
Zakrzewski Side of Market Square a…
Zakrzewski Side of Market Square …
Zakrzewski elevation
Zakrzewski elevation
The Mermaid - Symbol of the city
The Mermaid - Symbol of the city
Interior of Polska Restuarant
Interior of Polska Restuarant
Interior of Polska Restuarant
Interior of Polska Restuarant
Interior of Polska Restuarant
Interior of Polska Restuarant
Piotr, Paulina, and Michal
Piotr, Paulina, and Michal
Piotr, Paulina, and Me
Piotr, Paulina, and Me
Warsaw
photo by: EmyG