A great day walking the streets of Warsaw
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I woke up early being ready and eager to explore the city of Warsaw for a whole day together with my friends. My hosts were great sleepers and since it was a normal weekend for them, I let them sleep and take their time; I was not in rush at all; it was to be a relaxing holiday so I had no stress. I actually enjoyed having some time for myself but I equally enjoyed that the sun already was shining and the temperature was way past 20 degrees.
I went out on their balcony and enjoyed the view of the apartment complex that they were living in.
The first goal on our tour the Warsaw, was planned as a surprise for me. It was a place that that my friends really looked forward to show me; they took me to the city centre just next to the Marriott I stayed at the last time. It turned out that we were going to visit the Fotoplastikon.
The Fotoplastikon was a 3 dimensional photograph illustrator dating back to 1901 and the only of its kind situated in the original site.
I was pleasantly surprised of the quality of the pictures. Since this was the period of the celebration of the uprising during WWII, the pictures were all from then in Warsaw. It is actually only by looking at images like these taken from back then that the devastating destruction of Warsaw gets apparent to you.
Second goal of today to get a bit closer to the Culture Palace, the huge gift from the Russians to the Polish people! It was said that the Polish apparently could chose between this building and a subway! Many people in Warsaw don't like Culture Palace, but I really do; it reminds me of Batman and Carson City and besides that I find it quite amazing, huge, large and like a covered-up concrete wet dream from the Russian concrete builders.
For me that would be a total shame since I find a lot of appealing things about the building. The building is fairly large and it was the second largest building in Europe when it was constructed.
We walked around it and used any given door as a possibility to get in, but it was impossible except we managed shortly to see the swimming pool and some parts of a nature museum. The only place where we really could get in was at the main entrance where we bought tickets to get up on the 30th floor in order to enjoy the view.
We were very lucky with the weather and we had a perfect view over Warsaw from up there.
After our thorough tour de Culture Palace, we left for the other side of the street and visited the Hard Rock cafe' to have some drinks before we headed further towards the inner city. The Café was quite large and in tree levels but we stayed outside in the sun. The service was a bit slow but when you first had a cold beer in your hand you would not leave again. The chairs and sofas were nice and there were thousands of people walking by on their way to the shopping mall.
We picked up their car and drove for the city centre.
We had a good late lunch at La Cantina in Nowy Swiat. The food was very good but the service was not up to speed and we had walking just at the time they had a change of shift. A bit later we walked further towards the city theatre. We walked for further one hour before we returned back to where we had parked the car. On the way back we ran in to a huge biking event marking the uprising, it was long time since I had seen so many bikes, I guess since Beijing.
Soon thereafter we went home to relax a bit before the next stage of tour de Warsaw.
When the concert ended, we went to a Mexican restaurant famous for their large portions and their enormous margaritas’. We had to wait 15 minutes before we could get a table because the place was packed. The portions were humongous and their drinks as well. I settled for a burrito which kept me occupied for the most of a couple of hours and a Mojito which went away to fast, a cold beer took its place and I had a great evening.
After the meal we walked the streets again before taking a taxi back home to their apartment, a bit tires, very full and very happy after a great day.