A great day walking the streets of Warsaw

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Pictures from the uprising in August 1944

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.

Where the wall to the Jewish Ghetto were
The complex was fairly new and in the middle there was a large park with all aged threes. I was told that the housing complex had been built on top of a park, but they had saved all threes in order to reuse them in the park they reconstructed, just below the balcony. I wish more houses could benefit from a full fletched park from day one.

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.

View from The Culture Palace
The Fotoplastikon was privately owned by a grandson to the original owner and recently the city had threatened to quadruple the rent, which would have made it impossible for him to continue. There had been a huge petition with a large number of people and after some pressure and some negotiations the municipality had given in to the protests and it could luckily continue where it always had been.

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.

The sky above
I was told that some Polish city developers were doing everything to surround the building with skyscrapers so it should be impossible to see it from distance.

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.

Hard Rock Café
The few clouds were wonder and white and managed also to take some pictures only of the sky. We stayed up there for some time just to make the queue disappear in front of the elevator going down from the top of the building. While we were at it, we kept trying all doors so we also visited the cinema where they had kept the original indoor decoration, it was truly very beautiful.

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.

My friends had planned that we should walk along the Royal route in the city centre. On weekends the streets are blocked for traffic and it is truly nice to walk there. The street is light with a lot of flowers but also many restaurants and cafes. There was also a fair amount of street musicians making the streets lively.

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.

My friends had booked a table in one of the outdoor restaurants or bars at the Old Marked in the old town, every Saturday evening the whole summer long there are live jazz concerts. We enjoyed a couple of cold beers and the music while we enjoyed all the people passing by. There was a great ambiance and it was a great start on the evening.

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.

Lamps again
I could almost not wait for the next day and the surprises that were planned for me.

Chokk says:
First time I was there I had snow as well - and it was damn cold on top !
Posted on: Jul 28, 2015
Cho says:
I spent three days in Warsaw in March 2006 and it snowed nearly all the time I was there! Nevertheless, I enjoyed touring the city. I found the people kind too.
Posted on: Jul 28, 2015
Chokk says:
Ha,ha - and sweet of you ;D
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011
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