So this year I visit Warsaw with my blogging sister and friend Sue@WordsVisual – we decided already last year that we will visit together this year. Also, this time, we both had a chance to meet up with a blogging sister Meg@12monthsinwarsaw from Austraila, that are living in Warsaw for a year. What a fantastic lady!!!! We were so lucky that she was able to spend 1,5 day with us.
Like my visit last year that happened in July I landed in a heatwave …. we had to suffer through +32C/+98.6 F as most and we truly suffered … but we manage.
There were loads of taxis when the heat was getting to us … most of them are good guys, but there are some gangsters too, so I recommend that you always ask about the price before getting into a cab. One taxi wanted 90Pln for a fare that only came to 29.80Pln. The evenings was lovely and most evenings we walked back to the hotel from our dining venue.
Sunday afternoon gave us some sunshine rest when a real sky fall came over us with storm and thunder. We need it badly … to clear the air.
We slept comfortably on Mercure Centrum Hotel, just opposite the fantastic shopping mall “ZloteTarasy”, Bus station and Warszawa Centralna (train station) plus there are trams and Metro stops all around. We got a fantastic deal on the hotel, but I booked early!
And we eat delicious and good … breakfast, lunch and dinner …. and our bank accounts really liked the damages. So cheap!!!!
I did shop some beauty item and visit my favorite hairdresser, Jean Louis David – they had moved in the mall and become white instead of the black. They took me on straight away. The first thing I did after unpacking.
There is so much to see and do .. in Warsaw, but the heat made it difficult to do everything that was on the DO-IT note. We visit the “Warsaw Uprising Museum”, the Old Town (of course – both day and evening), the pre-war streets and Neon museum in Praga District and after our last breakfast, I went alone over the Ghetto Wall and Jewish Heritage.
Which was on the same street as our hotel, Złota, but a busy bypass makes to a little walk. To enter the other side of the road I had to walk through the train station, but only about 10 min walk.
Of course, we visit the Jewish Cemetry … we took tram 22 that stops just outside the entrance. Was there last year and I just love to walk around there … so wonderful green, the birds are singing and it’s so peaceful, even if it stands for one of the worst crimes against humanity ever.
I find such inner peace … there.
The “Warsaw Uprising Museum” is so beautiful done, open in 2004 .. shows the struggle of everyday life before and during the Warsaw Uprising and the horror of occupation – which was a complex international situation – to the post-war communist terror and the fate of insurgents in the PRL.
For me personal, there is a danger when visiting Warsaw that it can be a bit too much of the dark and terrible history that this fantastic city is telling. So I do it in bits. There is so much beauty in parks, fountains, buildings and palaces and there is modern city too to enjoy. Warsaw has done a fantastic recovery …. and it has a free spirit.
I see very much Berlin in Warsaw and I love Berlin!!!!
“Chcieliśmy być wolni i wolność sobie zawdzięczać.”
(We wanted to be free, and freedom itself owe)
Jan Stanisław Jankowski‘Mazurka in F minor’ by Władysław Szpilman (1911-2000), the true piansit!!! His story was told in the book, Śmierć Miasta (The Death of a City), written by his dear friend Jerzy Waldorff. It was published in 1946 and became film in 2002 with Roman Polanski as director – The Pianist, that recieved 3 Oscars in 2003. He wrote this piece in 1942.