Warsaw July 2014

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and was completely destroyed during World War II. Almost every building today dates to the postwar era with very little remains of the old structures in the restored Old Town.  Nearly every European architectural style can be found in Warsaw from gothic to renaissance to baroque and neoclassical.

DSCF1656Warsaw Old Town

DSCF1663Sprinklers are turned on at the main squares on these hot summer days.


DSCF1669Reconstructed to mimic how it used to look like.


DSCF1697The main square in the Old Town.




DSCF1702The Little Insurgent statue is to commemorate the children who fought and died in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.

In Warsaw, the life and work of Frederic Chopin are much celebrated.  You will find Chopin Benches around the city.  There are a total of 15 musical benches placed in key sites that are significant to Chopin’s life.  Upon pressing the button on the bench, a 30-second piece of Chopin music will be played.

DSCF1645Chopin Benches around Warsaw

DSCF1646Press PLAY for a 30-second piece of Chopin music.

DSCF1732Chopin Museum next to a building with a painted facade.

DSCF1726St. Joseph’s Church

DSCF1740Palace of Culture and Science was a gift from Russia to the people of Poland. It is currently the tallest building in Poland. The architecture of this building reminds me of the Moscow State University in Moscow.



Grabbing a iced coffee before heading back to the Hotel Bristol in the background.

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