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Zygmunt's Column

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  • Day9

    Day 9 Warsaw

    August 11, 2018 in Poland ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Our plan for this day was to do a free walking tour in old town to get to know it a little bit better, but as we woke up it was raining cats and dogs! After all this time with perfect sunny weather we haven't been prepared at all. We decided to sleep late and relax until the weather got better. In the afternoon the rain ended and we were able to go into the old town. We catched a free walking tour. It led through the old town and was quite interesting. Afterwards we ate polish dinner again and returned to the apartment. Finally we went out to explore the nightlife of Warsaw. We found a club which was partly outside and it seemed to be quite local. After some hours we returned to the flat.Read more

  • Day2

    First day of sightseeing

    May 31, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After a good night's sleep and leisurely breakfast, we wandered round the old town and out of the gate into the new town which despite its name dates from the 15C. It too has been reconstructed in parts but one building is the home of Marie Curie who then went by her Polish name of Maria Sklodowska. It is now a museum to her and is a fascinating place containing some of the lab equipment and lots of photos and possessions. They were a remarkable family of teachers, doctors, physicists, chemists, bioengineers with several Nobel prizes between them. Some lovely photos of Marie attending science symposiums with a roll call of the greats of science in the early 20C.
    Then on to another museum - a new one celebrating the contribution of Jews to Poland from the 13C onwards to their extermination. The section on the Warsaw ghetto was particularly sobering, it's incredible that one section of humankind can do that to another section, but of course things continue to the present day. A very impressive museum which makes us realise how little we know about eastern Europe.
    It's been another beautiful warm and sunny day much better weather than we expected.
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  • Day3

    Saturday - cathedral and museum

    June 1, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Warsaw was where Chopin was born and brought up so the city has Chopin stuff everywhere (even the airport is called Warsaw Chopin) so last night we went to a small Chopin concert just round the corner from the apartment. Today was cloudy and overcast at first then very humid and at 24 degrees very hot and then sunny so a cool visit to the cathedral, which is pleasantly light and airy, was very welcome. It was destroyed of course and rebuilt. It is full of wonderful stained glass windows - nearly full height, roof to floor, - and really well done. Next door is the Jesuit church - also very plain and tasteful. Then on to the national museum - a 20 minute walk in the sun before we found that the antiques section - Egyptian, Roman etc - was closed for renovation. However they have a very fine section from an excavation in Nubia of a cathedral stuffed full of frescos dating to the 8th to 12th centuries, and that was wonderful, and lots of Coptic and meroitic material.

    Saturday seems to be family fun day in Warsaw and all the squares and streets are packed with people. The square outside the apartment has buskers and jugglers and balloon sellers and dancing groups ..... Now .. Where can we find somewhere quiet to eat??
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  • Day1

    Arrival in Warsaw

    May 30, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    The travel worked ok, after leaving 45 minutes late, and the apartment was ready for us move in. It's right in the heart of old Warsaw and is light and airy and well-appointed, so every thing is fine. I was surprised to find that I really like Warsaw, the modern parts are full of trees and parks, the streets are wide and tree-lined and everywhere is clean and tidy. The city was turned to rubble in the war, and before the Germans left they demolished and blew up absolutely everything, even blowing up the cobbles in the streets. After the war the communists carefully reconstructed the old town, using old paintings as guides as to what it looked like, so today it's an old medieval city, but built in the sixties and seventies. It should feel like Disneyland, but it doesn't!Read more

  • Day2

    Warsaw by night

    May 31, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Despite having had platefuls of pierogis, polish sausage and beer for lunch in the sun, we still went out for dinner and managed to put away most of two courses each. Delicious cured herring and rye and sausage soup for starters, followed by roast half a duck and wild boar. The duck with roast potatoes and apples and a blackcurrant sauce was one of the best duck dishes we've had anywhere. Feeling bloated we went for a walk round the walls of the old city (reconstructed) before retiring.Read more

  • Day1

    Old Town

    November 9, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Depois de passear um pouco em Old Town, acabamos por parar num bar para repor líquidos.
    O Nel a anhar com a comida :) ... hahaha, não percebíamos nada da lista, o empregado não falava inglês de jeito, resultado..... hhaah só rir, bife tártaro. No final, um vodkazinho soft.Read more

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Zygmunt's Column, Kolumna Zygmunta

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