Every year, on the 1st of August, exactly at 5pm Warsaw stops for exactly one minute. Everything stops – people walking, entire traffic, cars, people on bicycles. Everything freezes – in order to commemorate the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising that out broke in 1944 in the hope of defeating the Nazi army with the Soviet Red Army right on the other bank of Vistula river. 200.000 citizens of this city died, was it really necessary? This one minute though, is really, really moving. More on this later.

Warsaw stops for one minute

Warsaw stops for one minute

Warsaw stops for one minute

Warsaw stops for one minute

Warsaw stops for one minute

Warsaw stops for one minute


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Włochy, small town near Warsaw – full of parks, ponds and other green places. The best area around Warsaw – here you can see one of the most beautiful public parks there, with 3 big ponds connected, public gym and free wifi network. Click the panorama to see it bigger.

Park Cietrzewia panorama

Park Cietrzewia panorama

And le grande premiere! Interactive panorama! :)


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Top picture has been taken about two weeks ago, bottom one – today. Two weeks of difference, over 30 degrees of difference, among many others. Weather went completely nuts, however, lakes around are still frozen. In a week, there will be May.

 

Springtime in Warsaw - Subaru Outback covered with snow

Springtime in Warsaw – Subaru Outback covered with snow, Easter time

 

Springtime in Włochy, near Warsaw

Springtime in Włochy, near Warsaw

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Stadion Narodowy Warszawa - National Stadium Warsaw

Stadion Narodowy Warszawa – National Stadium Warsaw

Built for Euro 2012, National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Quite nice place, but was it worth it?

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Osiedle akademickie Przyjaźń, Warszawa Bemowo - academic housing estate "Przyjaźń"

Remember the tall building, like the ones seen in Gotham City, I’ve posted few posts before? Good. Here’s little story.

Here is the rumour, conspiracy theory or you name it: sixty-or-so years ago, president of Poland was asked by russian president – what do you want as a post war gift? Tube system, bunch of block houses with few thousands of flats, for the city that was in rubble? Or the tall building, symbol of Russia?

Few thoughts – who cares about the tube? How needs to move around? No, thanks (First line was completed… in 2011. Almost 60 years later). Houses? We’ll build them on our own – 20 years later. So yes – we’ll take the skyscraper.

Fine.

Every single bit of it was brought from Russia. Every stone. All of the builders were from deep Russia – they couldn’t contact with the locals, they had their own food – but they needed to stay somewhere.

So they brought some wood from Siberia, so they could build their own homes – but not all of it. Most of the houses were actually brought from Finland – there were captured by Russia as the post Finnish-Russian war reparations and later they came to Poland as part of the coal-houses exchange deal. Most of those houses ended up in south-west Poland, Silesia region – before the second world war it was a highly industrialised part of Germany. But that’s another story.

The housing estate was built  very quickly. It was built as barracks (former death camp barracks) for the builders and Finnish houses for managers – it supposed to last for five years or so. They still serve well.

To the slightly different public.

University of Warsaw students. PhD students. Doctors. Professors. They all live here.
Single rooms for students. Mutual bathroom for 15 rooms on the corridor. Mutual kitchen. Yes, there is running water. Absolutely iconic and amazing place. Close to the centre of the town, very green and very quiet. Really worth a visit.

Osiedle akademickie Przyjaźń, Warszawa Bemowo - academic housing estate "Przyjaźń"

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Park Cietrzewia, Włochy near Warsaw - in winter, sunny day.

Park Cietrzewia, council park in Włochy, small town near Warsaw. Amazingly beautiful place, here pictures before it was rebuilt by Dictrict Council in 2011. Restoration of this public park costed nearly $2 mil, it turned this park into even more stunning place then it was. Currently it has children playground, free gym and even better – free wifi with internet access.  More pictures below, click them to see them bigger.

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First snow in Warsaw. Park Cietrzewia, Włochy near Warsaw, late evening, heavy snowfall.

This can get interesting. Five hours ago the streets were black and there was no snow. Snow is falling as I write this, we will see, when it stops. Forgive the road services, get a decent car and winter tyres. Dear snow, please keep falling.

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This beautiful building, classical example of Socreal architecture sits in the very middle of Warsaw. Built in early fifties of the last century, is either loved or hated by locals. But by all means, it is very interesting – here presented well lit with the cloud of myst over the top.

Socreal architecture - myst growing over the Pałac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science) in Warsaw

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Apple Maps, widely hated replacement of Google Maps. It is not that bad, in general I like it, it’s much much faster, I like the traffic service and turn by turn navigation. It’s not as good as Navigon I use, but since it’s very new – it’s ok. Having said that, I have asked Apple Maps to navigate me from Grodzisk Mazowiecki (outskirts of Warsaw, Poland) to Poleczki street south of Warsaw.

Normally, Route 1 from the picture below is what you want, but since I got the option to take Route 3, leading via S2 ring road of Warsaw, that was due to be completed for Euro 2012 (June), I armed myself with my MTB bike and off I went.

PS: Click the images to see them bigger.

Apple Maps leading via not completed ring road of Warsaw

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I really like dogs, and Border Collie is one of my favourite breeds. Last weekend there was a great event held in the middle of Warsaw – Dog Chow Disc Cup 2012 final. There were dozens of those dogs, there were sheep, ducks, swimming pool for those dogs jumping – and the owners, from all over the Europe. Great people, great dogs, great atmosphere – you name it. I hope to have one of those magnificent dogs one day.

You can read more about this great sport here: http://www.latajacepsy.pl/ or you can join their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/latajacepsy 

Dog Chow Disc Cup 2012 Super-Pro Toss and Fetch final in Warsaw

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