I could do this every Sunday

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Paper hat IV (the best one)

We also started very slow on this wonderful Sunday morning. The sun was shining like the two prior days and like the day before I let my hosts take easy and take their time. They slowly woke up and we had a great breakfast and discussed the plan for the day. Our first goal was to attend the free Chopin concert in Lazienki Park. Since 1959 there had every Sunday from April to September been arranged free Frederic Chopin concerts next to his monument. The monument was made by Waclaw Szymanowski in 1908 and portraying Chopin sitting a willow seeking inspiration from nature, and it is quite large I found out. There was usually a large crowd so we planned to be there a bit before noon.

It was not so hard to find a parking next to the park and we arrived 20 min before the concert which was okay.

The crowd
All the benches were taken by elderly listeners who had arrived much earlier, some of them looked like they had been glued to seat 30 years ago. We sat down on the grass that surrounded the pond in front of the statue. Next to the Statue there was a little summer tent that covered the podium where the female pianist where going to play. We were the first to sit down on the beautiful lawn but hundreds of fast followers joined us rapidly. It was just like when you park your car in a place you are not allowed to and five minutes later you can hardly find your car! Someone had to be the first on the grass and that was us this Sunday.

There was a presenter introducing the female pianist in both Polish and English; my hosts were dissapointed that it was not the usual one, but we had seen him on a bar the night before, so he probably had a Sunday off! or had to take the Sunday off!.

These were on every table - I found them quite cute
The concert was very good, calm and relaxing, I enjoyed it a lot more than the young snoring Canadian guy behind me, but I guess he had a rough long night. After the concert we went for a walk in the park, which was quite full of people with the same idea as us; walking around in the nice park.

The park was really wonderful to stroll in; we passed the White house which was the first building in the Park and from 1774, and used as a place for romantic rendezvous for the Polish king, which probably made some of his days really fun.

We also briefly went to the Old Orangerie; we decided not to enter because the weather was so nice and we had a large park to do. Not far from there we enjoyed the Palace on the Water; the palace was completed in 1793 and it was standing beautifully in the park until the Nazi's burned it down when they left in a rush in WWII.

Outside the park
Luckily for us all today it was rebuilt in 1965; it is situated in the middle of the park and it looks like it was built in the middle of the park lake.

Next to the Palace there is the Theater on the Island where there was an Opera performance. There was also a huge crowd at this place and they had started teir performance at the same time as the Chopin concert we just had attended. I was amazed by the magnetude and the quality of the entertaiment on a normal Sunday. We didn't manage to listen to more than two numbers before they called it a day, but they knew their stuff.

We walked the length of the park along the lake of the Palace on the Water and at the Sobieski Monument we crossed to yet another castle that was situated on top of a little hill which gave another possibility for a great view.

Tourists all over
The castle hosted also restaurant where we had a great lunch. The restaurant was named Qchnia Artystyczna. After the lunch, where we all got full again, we walked back to our car and went for the University Library.

The University Library was a brilliant experience. Situated close to the canal behind both the Cultural Palace and the Royal Castle, it provided with a great view. It is a green building in all meanings. The steel construction which has cathedral-like proportions is painted green but the green does not stop there; there is also a botanical garden located on the roof. The facade represents a series of open books, and it is really worthwhile visiting. Much of the exterior is also covered with glass which gives it an open atmosphere. The basement contains bowling alleys and all kind different activities; there are also several bars.

What I found the most striking about the building was the roof garden. It was possible to walk along steel bridges over the glass roof and cobble stone paths between the different green arrangements.

seraphimkarlien says:
Sounds nice. Too bad the Chopin concert in Zelazowa Wola is also on sunday, so I had to miss the one in Lazienki Park when I was there.
Posted on: Jul 08, 2010
Chokk says:
I was totally cool
Posted on: Sep 16, 2009
Vlindeke says:
What a lively park :-) Looks great.
Posted on: Sep 15, 2009
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Paper hat IV (the best one)
Paper hat IV (the best one)
The crowd
The crowd
These were on every table - I foun…
These were on every table - I fou…
Outside the park
Outside the park
Tourists all over
Tourists all over
Getting ready for the concert
Getting ready for the concert
The Chopin monument and the stage
The Chopin monument and the stage
The fastest followers
The fastest followers
We are getting there
We are getting there
Anticipation
Anticipation
Paper hat I
Paper hat I
Paper hat II
Paper hat II
The pianist
The pianist
Crowd enjoying the music
Crowd enjoying the music
Full lawn
Full lawn
Paper hat III
Paper hat III
Clouds
Clouds
Paper hat III again
Paper hat III again
The smoker
The smoker
A ballon TANK!!!!!!
A ballon TANK!!!!!!
Back off
Back off
All enjoying
All enjoying
With their feet in the water
With their feet in the water
Umbrella bench!
Umbrella bench!
More umbrellas
More umbrellas
Caligula
Caligula
Cesar
Cesar
The Orangerie
The Orangerie
The white house
The white house
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water
Discos
Discos
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water and the to…
The Palace on the Water and the t…
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water
A statue
A statue
The Palace on the Water
The Palace on the Water
Fountain in front of the Palace on…
Fountain in front of the Palace o…
The Opera
The Opera
She is leaving him!
She is leaving him!
The discos guy
The discos guy
The leaves
The leaves
The little lake leading up to our …
The little lake leading up to our…
Sommer colours in Warsaw
Sommer colours in Warsaw
We had lunch on the terrace
We had lunch on the terrace
The view from the terrace
The view from the terrace
The lunch restaurant
The lunch restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
An Urquell and a flower
An Urquell and a flower
The world see through
The world see through
Urquell
Urquell
My lunch
My lunch
The lunch of my friend Olaf
The lunch of my friend Olaf
The police makes the difference
The police makes the difference
The Polish Parlament
The Polish Parlament
Jozep Pilsudski
Jozep Pilsudski
The University Library
The University Library
Getting - looks like a gate to a f…
Getting - looks like a gate to a …
The cathedral look-a-like entrance
The cathedral look-a-like entrance
Huge glass entrance
Huge glass entrance
Hulakula - the party place in the …
Hulakula - the party place in the…
The entrance to the Library
The entrance to the Library
Einstein rocks!
Einstein rocks!
The roof garden
The roof garden
The river and the stairs to the ro…
The river and the stairs to the r…
The old library also had a facelift
The old library also had a facelift
The roof garden and the Cultural P…
The roof garden and the Cultural …
The roof garden and the Royal Pala…
The roof garden and the Royal Pal…
The roof garden and the Royal Pala…
The roof garden and the Royal Pal…
The glass roof of the library
The glass roof of the library
Looking towards the canal
Looking towards the canal
The roof garden and the Cultural P…
The roof garden and the Cultural …
Glass all over
Glass all over
Stairways to heaven
Stairways to heaven
A glass hole
A glass hole
The roof
The roof
The roof garden and the Cultural P…
The roof garden and the Cultural …
Marienplatz
Marienplatz
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