Join Me on a Walk in Warsaw

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One of the places I visited during my walk and tour in Warsaw was Zamek, the royal castle, which had been restored after having been bombed to rubble in 1944.

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Superb job here of cutting off the top of the tower!

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Castle Square, which I’m sure also had to be restored after the Second World War. I was enchanted by the old architecture and the colors used in the buildings. In this square was the King Sigismund Column, which is the symbol of Warsaw. It appears I did not get a picture of that column – most likely because it was after my walkabout/tour that I read the tourist guides about these places.

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This is Wilanow, a fine baroque palace built by King Jan III Sobieski. We visited this palace on the tour and we did go inside, but it appears I did not take any pictures – whether it was because it was not permitted or because I was too busy listening to the guide, I cannot say. If it was because I was listening it is especially sad, because I also do not remember what the guide might have said. Twenty years will do that to you. I think walking from one end of the palace to another could qualify as a day’s exercise. If one’s bedroom was on the end of the palace opposite the dining room, it would be necessary to be ready for a meal well in advance of serving time! Although I suspect in those days the only heat would have come from fireplaces, all I can think now is how prohibitive the cost of heating such a structure would be!

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Some other sites in the city. My visit was in 1992, three years after the first free election in Poland, a freedom attained by the work of the Solidarity Trade Union. Some of you will probably remember hearing about Solidarity in the news from the time it was formed by Lech Walesa in August of 1980 until the attainment of that free election. Walesa was an unemployed electrician when he realized the need for a trade union free of government control. Wages were stagnating, unemployment was high, and the government had raised food prices. Walesa went on to become the freely elected president of Poland. There were still a few Solidarity banners in windows of some unoccupied buildings when I visited.

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One of the things I found quite interesting in the city was the habit of parking on what I thought was the sidewalk. Certainly it was an answer to a lack of parking space, but seemed very strange to me. I did not drive in the city, so I do not recall whether traffic was maniacal as in China and Mexico, or more civilized.

In addition, each street corner had a fairly large (perhaps 18″ square as I recall) metal container on legs, filled with sand. Smoking was very predominant in Poland, perhaps even moreso than in the United States in those days, and the government provided these handy ashtrays, probably an attempt to reduce litter on the streets.

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Our next visit will be to Stare Miastro, Old Town Warsaw. I hope you’ll join me!

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13 Responses to Join Me on a Walk in Warsaw

  1. That was wonderful. It was like walking through history with you.

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  2. Lisa says:

    This part of the world is steeped in so much history and beautiful architecture. But much of life in Europe is still a bit strange to this Americanized, spoiled person! And I can tell you that traffic in Mexico is crazy!

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    • Carol says:

      I know about the traffic in Mexico City – a friend and I had an overnight layover there on our way to Huatulco, so we took a taxi into the City. As the driver created his own lanes, she got hysterical and I could not stop laughing – my version of hysteria, I think. It made a memory!

      Sent from my iPad

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  3. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, very interesting, thanks for the walk.

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  4. Heather says:

    The architecture is stunning. I really like the colors, too. I think for 20 years ago you’re doing a fine job recounting your travels. I feel like heating my relatively small home is sometimes too expensive. I cannot imagine how much time, money, and effort went to warming that (pick an adjective appropriate for beautiful) palace.

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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    These photos are so different from here in the US. Wonderfully captured!

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  6. I’d love to go to Poland but I rarely travel outside of California anymore, much less to a foreign country.

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  7. mothergrogan says:

    Carol, thanks for sharing the photos of my hometown 20 years back. They brought some memories of my youth πŸ™‚ Parking on the sidewalks is still ubiquitous and I don’t think that building new parkings can ever solve that problem, considering the number of cars is 10 times bigger than at the time you were here. This summer I took some photos of the Old Town and surroundings, you can check them here: https://plus.google.com/photos/108295138926714306169/albums/5806922828900732225
    They are of no good quality but at least the whole castle’s tower is visible πŸ˜‰ Of course you can always visit the “Warsaw” section of my blog: http://mothergrogan.wordpress.com/category/warsaw-2/

    Thanks again!

    PS Can I reshare your photos to show them to my friends, for example on Facebook?

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  8. Madhu says:

    That lady’s ‘big’ hair in the last image gives away the approximate timing of your trip Carol πŸ™‚ Are these scanned images? Remarkably good if they are!

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  9. I too love the colors on these buildings, Carol. I’ve seen a lot of parking on sidewalks all through Europe. I think the streets were built before cars were commonly used?? πŸ™‚

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