Nowe Miasto

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  • Day261


    May 22, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Early morning start today after having a great breakfast at the hostel. Headed out in the sunshine by 8:30 am to beat the Korean tourists in the park. Not being biased here but there are hoards of them here with their selfie sticks and I can't get a photo in edgewise. Today I did! Started with the tomb of the unknown soldier which is guarded by two soldiers and a burning flame. Behind it is the beautiful park with a huge fountain and statues of Greek gods. I was off then to the modern part of the city to look around. Made my way back to the Chopin museum and then stopped off for a coffee crema at Tschibo. I walked for 4 hours and then went back to my room to rest my feet. After my test I was on the search for the long stairway and the underground tunnels. I found the stairway but not the tunnels. I asked a waiter for directions and he told me to wait for him after work and he would show me. The guys here are certainly not shy to ask a girl out. I had to ditch him (not my type) nicely. I found the mermaid in the old square which is a symbol of Warsaw and is said to be the protector of Poland (once rescued by a fisherman). I had an early dinner at the restaurant next door and it was fabulous. Soft and airy potatoe dumpings with forest mushroom and garlic sauce and a beer ($13.39 CAD). Warsaw: home of Madam Curie, Chopin, Lech Walensa, and many famous movie stars and playwrights. Never there was so much history here.Read more

  • Day1204

    Poland tour - Warsaw!

    June 29, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    First trip to Poland and wasn’t sure what to expect and Warsaw is not on my favourite places list and I can’t quite figure out why as it’s cheap, in parts very pretty and my favourite bar since travelling is here but I just never connected with the place in my few days here! The bar I mentioned is a place called legends and it’s owned by a Scouser from old swan - had an absolute ball here and met some characters! I met a guy from NZ called robbie who was travelling around Europe for 6 months - real cool guy who I still keep in touch with and will meet up with In Tokyo as he has a place there! I also met 2 guys who own the betting platform that major betting companies use (they bought us all drinks) there was also a guy who owned a Diamond mine in SA who gave me his card if I ever wanted a job Hahahahaha.Read more

  • Day183

    Warsaw Day 3

    September 20, 2015 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We wake up feeling extremely rough after last night's drinking.

    We finally drag ourselves out of bed and head to the outlets as planned for the day.. as soon as we arrive we hit a wall and want to go home. In our hungover state we also foolishly spend our last polish dollars on chocolate instead of food.

    We get back to the apartment and Renata and Radec are home. Renata kindly makes us lunch because we were too hungover to look after ourselves.

    We have a late overnight bus to wait for and spend the entire evening hanging out at Renatas place even though we were meant to "check out" that morning. We learn a lot more about Renata and discover not only is she a wonderful person, knows a lot about history and is a translator, she is also amazingly artistic and talented.. she designs clothes and wedding dresses! And renovated her apartment!

    We feel a little sad to be leaving but also so grateful to have met Renata and made a wonderful new friend. Renata even gives Suki a parting gift- a beautiful charm bracelet and special bookmark- Suki is so touched! We really hope she comes to visit us in Australia!
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  • Day182

    Warsaw Day 2

    September 19, 2015 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    When we wake up Wonton has been taken to the vet for his operation and Renata is clearly worried about him. Fortunately the vet calls to give the all ok- Hurray!

    We are excited about our Polish dinner Renata is going to prepare us tonight! Keen to contribe a little we offer to buy the Vodkas and dessert. We head to the supermarket in search of "Wyborowa" Wodka- reknown to be the best in Poland. Travis gets completely carried away and we walk out with 1 bottle of original and 3 small bottles of flavoured wodka- Lime, Ginger and Citrus.

    Shopping complete, we head to the "Warsaw Uprising Museum" for a bit of history.. see separate post regarding the museum. After the museum we stop for a much needed beer and head down to the Old town again to check out some of the "secret spots" we missed last night following Renatas recommendation. Being a Saturday, the atmosphere is great, with many street performers out entertaining the masses.

    We eventually head home to find Renata and her boyfriend Radec cooking up a storm.. it is a feast! We are treated to many amazing dishes, including the "raw mince thing with onions and pickles" (so good), Radecs special Herring recipe (2 varieties!), Radecs mums mushrooms in a jar (not sure about this one!), crusty bread, salami sticks, beetroot and goats cheese salad (sooo yumm), homemade pickled cucumber, potato crepes with salmon, and finally tiramisu for dessert. All washed down with copious amounts of wine and vodka... Needless to say everyone got a bit merry, with all of the vodka consumed (yes all 4 bottles), Travis passing out and Suki having very vague memory of the last 2 hours of the evening. Apparently we were up till 2am, at which point we just disappeared.. leaving the entire evening mess for Renata and Radec to clean up... Sorry guys! We had so much fun!
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  • Day182

    Uprising Museum

    September 19, 2015 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The Warsaw Uprising museum deserves its own post as it is so sad and we also learned a lot about the history of WW2 from it. Its a great museum and we were warned beforehand that it is quite sombering.

    As part of WW2, the Polish Resistance attempted to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany by staging the resistance now known as Warsaw Uprising. The resistance lasted 2 months (August - October 1944) until the Polish finally surrendered. Approximately 16,000 army and 200,000 Polish civilians were killed during the Uprising. After the surrender, the Germans came in and destroyed almost all of what was left of Warsaw. By 1945 85% of Warsaw was left in ruins.

    We also learnt about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. In 1939, German occupational authorities began to concentrate Poland's population of over three million Jews into a number of extremely crowded ghettos located in large Polish cities. The largest of these, the Warsaw Ghetto, concentrated approximately 300,000–400,000 people into a densely packed, 3.3 km² central area of Warsaw. Thousands of Jews died due to rampant disease and starvation even before the mass deportations from the Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp began. The Jewish were told they were being transported to eastern labour camps- 7000 Jews a day. It took 2 months for the Jewish resistance to realise the Jews were actually being taken to extermination camps, and that's when the Ghetto Uprising began. The uprising last less than 1 month, until the Jewish resistance failed and the entire ghetto was liquidated by the Germans :-( Between the extermination camp and the uprising, over 350,000 Jews were killed.

    It was very sobering to learn of Poland's part of WW2. Poland suffered the biggest losses of life out of all the countries in WW2- The death toll is estimated at 6.3 million (total death toll resulting from WW2 is 72 million- the biggest cataclysm in all of mankind). Very very sad and not something we think about often.
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  • Day260

    Krakow to Warsaw

    May 21, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Well I decided on not doing the salt mine tour after all because of the cost. After to talking to two young polish girls last night in the hostel they recommended Warsaw and Gdansk. I decided to move on. So far on my travels the Polish people are the kindest, nicest, happiest and helpful people. By far this is the safest country I have been in. Three hour fast train ride and I'm in Warsaw. Another beautiful city. It was completely flattened in WW2 but totally rebuilt and is pristine. Coming out from the train station I'm met head on with the technical building and in behind the art gallery. It looked like the Empire State Building. A twenty minute walk to the hostel and the city is again buzzing and there is music everywhere. A quick shower and change and I'm out to catch the sites. It's Sunday and the museums and exhibits are free. I walk through the market and winding little streets, more music, and a old man playing a old piano with a parrot singing along. Lucky me I manage to catch the exhibition to the Royal Palace and it is magnificent. I don't know much about Polish Royalty but am totally impressed with the whole palace. Looks like a prelude to St. Petersburg. I finish up with a walk along the promenade and then find a restaurant for a pizza and a couple of beers....and delightfully people watch for two hours. My waiter is a student and has a nametag saying so and tells me he is learning. Brilliant! This stops people from being nasty to him. Next I see the water truck coming along the street and watering all the flowers and soldiers tapping each other on the back and laughing. It feels good to be in Poland!Read more

  • Day84

    Warschauer Ghetto

    September 28, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute waren wir ein zweites Mal in Warschau, da es gestern schon früh dunkel wurde. Es sah um 19:30 Uhr schon aus wie um Mitternacht 🌃
    An vielen Stellen wird hier an das Warschauer Ghetto und die jüdische Widerstandsaktion von 1943 erinnert 🏛️

    Der "Jüdische Wohnbezirk in Warschau" wurde nach dem Einmarsch der deutschen Truppen in Polen im Stadtzentrum, westlich der Altstadt im Stadtteil Wola errichtet.
    Eine 18 Kilometer lange und 3 Meter hohe Mauer riegelte das "Warschauer Ghetto" vom Rest der Stadt ab. Bis zu 400.000 Menschen lebten dort und diente hauptsächlich als Sammellager für die Deportationen in Vernichtungslager.
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  • Day1

    Park Krasinskich

    June 30, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    der Barockpalast Kasinski-Palast - auch als Commonwealth-Palast bekannt- liegt an der Ostseite des Parks gelegen und beherbergt derzeit die Nationalbibliothek.
    Barockes Tor aus dem 18. Jahrhundert - an der Seite der Ul. Bohaterów Getta (ehemals Nalewki-Straße)
    einer Kaskade, wahrscheinlich ein Überbleibsel der Zygmuntowski-Stadtmauer (im Bereich der Bohaterów-Getta-Straße)
    Denkmal für die Ghettogrenzen (im Bereich der Swietojerska St.)
    Denkmal für die Helden des Monte Cassino (im Bereich der Andersa St.)
    Das Royal Arsenal Gebäude mit dem State Archaeological Museum - befindet sich an der Westseite des Parks
    Ein Stein zum Gedenken an eines der ersten Scharmützel während des Novemberaufstands (in der Nähe der Andersa-Straße)
    Überreste der Fundamente der Simons-Passage mit einem Stein zum Gedenken an das in den Ruinen dieses Gebäudes kämpfende Bataillon "Chrobry I" (im Bereich der Bohaterów-Getta-Straße)

    Stadtpark. 1676 im Barockstil gegründet, auf einer Fläche von 3,4 Hektar als Teil des Schloss- und Gartenkomplexes. Der Name des Gartens ist mit dem bestehenden Palast verbunden, dessen erster Besitzer der Referent der Krone und der Gouverneur von Płock Jan Dobrogost Krasiński des Korwin-Wappens war. Bis zur Errichtung des Saski-Gartens war er der größte Garten in Warschau. Im Jahr 1766 wurde es der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht und wurde schnell zum bevorzugten Wanderort für Warschauer. Es wurde wiederholt umgebaut und eingerichtet. In den Jahren 1891 - 1895 wurde es vom Warschauer Hauptgärtner Franciszek Szanior umgestaltet und bewahrt noch immer den Landschaftsstil. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg wurde es erweitert und umfasst nun eine Fläche von 11,8 Hektar. Die ältesten Baumarten im Park, die aus dem späten 19. Jahrhundert stammen, sind: Ginkgo biloba, schwarze Walnuss, türkische Haselnuss und kaukasischer Flügel. Der Krasinski-Garten wurde 2012-2014 einer gründlichen Aufwertung unterzogen. Der Park wurde im Mai 2014 wiedereröffnet. Den Renovierungsarbeiten ging ein Architekturwettbewerb voraus, in dessen Folge das den Erhaltungsempfehlungen am besten entsprechende Konzept ausgewählt wurde. Im Zuge der Restaurierung wurde m.in durchgeführt:. Grüne Modernisierung des Teiches, Strom und Wasserfälle, die bestehende grüne Wirtschaft (97 Stück Bäume gepflanzt und über 10.500 Nadel- und Laubgehölze, Wasserpflanzen und Zwiebeln), verwendet ein neues Pflaster. Die Hauptachse war ein rekonstruierter Teppich und ein Arabeskenblumenbeet, die auf der Grundlage von Archivmaterialien entworfen und hergestellt wurden. Historische Bänke kehrten zurück, stilisierte Papierkörbe, Trennwände aus Blumenteilen.
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