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Travbuddy - Warsaw

 

It was a rainy midnight when I arrived in Warsaw after a very long bus ride with about an hour spent at the Lithuanian - Polish border.

 

The bus station was really far away from city centre and I had to go on the other side of the city. Took a night bus eventually and went to Krokodyl Hostel, a great and ridiculously clean place. The only apparent problem it’s a bit far from city centre about a dozen tram stops on a huge boulevard across the Wisla River in the Praga district. Many people told me its one of the most dangerous places to be in Warsaw but to be honest I felt perfectly safe and nothing bad happened.

 

For the rest of my stay here it was rain, drizzle and wind but even with that I couldn’t afford not to wonder about and take some shots. And get the fridge mag of course.

 

 

History tip: Warsaw was completely destroyed by the Nazis in the Second World War and it was completely rebuilt including the Old town which is on UNESCO.

The Statue of the Little Insurgent

 

 

So for almost a day I walked around the city centre as much as the rain would let me and I was very impressed with what I saw. Especially the old town is very impressive. Some of the old buildings were rebuilt using the actual rubble of the ones bombed by the Nazis.

 

As it was September 2009 you could imagine there was the 70 year old anniversary of the beginning of the WW2 with the invasion of Poland in September 1st 1939.

 

I’ve also seen, to my great pride, an exhibition in the city centre Romanian personalities of Polish descent with actors, writers and musicians. Among them one of my favourite classical musicians/composers - Ciprian Porumbescu.

 

 

Tip: Warsaw has a good public transport system with busses, trams and metros going all around the city so it’s a very convenient way to travel like that around.

Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary & of St. Joseph and the monument of Adam Mickiewicz
You can also get 24-hours-long, 3-day-long and one-week-long tickets depending on how long you want to stay.

 

 

There are plenty of reminders of the sufferings the city endured during the WW2 and the struggle of the infamous Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising. A great statue that you might want to see is The Statue of the Little Insurgent - a statue commemorating the child-soldiers that fought and died during 1944’s Warsaw Uprising.

 

Another great experience was that I went to a producers market in Warsaw and managed to get a taste of real Polish flavours and bought some nice fresh organic fruits and vegetables and smoked cheese.

 

 

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Travbuddy - Warsaw
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The Statue of the Little Insurgent
The Statue of the Little Insurgent
Church of the Assumption of the Vi…
Church of the Assumption of the V…
Old Town Square - pl. Zamkowy
Old Town Square - pl. Zamkowy
Nicolaus Copernicus statue
Nicolaus Copernicus statue
the huge Palace of Culture and Sci…
the huge Palace of Culture and Sc…
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Church of St. Anna with Pope John…
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around Warsaw
around Warsaw
around Warsaw
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svrsvm corda
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gates
Ciprian Porumbescu - a great clasi…
Ciprian Porumbescu - a great clas…
Romanians of Polish descent
Romanians of Polish descent
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statue
Prince Józef Poniatowski
Prince Józef Poniatowski
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
around Warsaw
around Warsaw
Church of the Assumption of the Vi…
Church of the Assumption of the V…
the Romanian Cultural Institute
the Romanian Cultural Institute
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statue
70 years since World War 2 started
70 years since World War 2 started
Poland was devided between nazi  g…
Poland was devided between nazi …
Pope John Paul II quote
Pope John Paul II quote
Church of St. Anna
Church of St. Anna
Karol Jozef Wojtyla - Pope John Pa…
Karol Jozef Wojtyla - Pope John P…
Castle Square Zygmunts Column and…
Castle Square Zygmunt's Column an…
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)
mass inside at Church of St. Anna
mass inside at Church of St. Anna
mass inside at Church of St. Anna
mass inside at Church of St. Anna
mass inside at Church of St. Anna
mass inside at Church of St. Anna
Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)
Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)
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rainy day, no one around :)
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)
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detail
Old Town (Starówka)
Old Town (Starówka)
Old Town (Starówka) was completel…
Old Town (Starówka) was complete…
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panorama (almost got it right)
balcony in Old Town
balcony in Old Town
The Mermaid
The Mermaid
The Mermaid in the Old Town Market…
The Mermaid in the Old Town Marke…
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also named Stare Miasto
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anniversary poster
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walls
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posing
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drwaings by kids
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cathedral
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cathedral
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global warming - viewd by kids
The Statue of the Little Insurgent
The Statue of the Little Insurgent
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time goes by
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Jan Kilinski - fought the Russian…
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ride
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski) to…
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski) t…
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)
Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)
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around
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around
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Church of St Andrew and St Albert
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
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cross at Church of St Andrew and …
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inside
Palace of Culture and Science
Palace of Culture and Science
Palace of Culture and Science
Palace of Culture and Science
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Palace of Culture and Science ent…
Palace of Culture and Science
Palace of Culture and Science
the small Intercontinental hotel
the "small" Intercontinental hotel
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detail on Palace of Culture and S…
of to the train station
of to the train station
Intercontinental
Intercontinental
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do u like muzik?
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stil raining
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hard rock
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