For this weekend of Allsaints, I choose to visit Warsaw, and Poland where I never been before. One of my good friend is studying there and another is goind to visit at this period so I wanted to see them again 🙂
Information about Warsaw
« Warsaw is the capital of Poland and, with 1.7 million inhabitants, its largest city. It is located on the Vistula River, roughly equidistant from both the Baltic Sea in the north and the Carpathian Mountains in the south.Informations on Warsaw
The city was rebuilt in the immediate aftermath of the war, and the monolithic gray apartment blocks that characterize much of the city (especially its outer areas) are a relic of the Stalinist utilitarianism that dominated the rebuilding efforts. A typical example of the Stalinist architecture is the monolithic Palace of Culture (palac kultury), with its clocktower, which remains Warsaw’s tallest building.
Since the fall of communism in 1989, Warsaw has been developing much more rapidly than Poland as a whole. You wouldn’t recognize the city if you saw it ten years ago, and more changes are constantly taking place. Warsaw has long been the easiest place in Poland to find employment, and for this reason many of the Polish inhabitants of the city are first or second generation, originating from all over the country.
Even though much of Warsaw seems to imitate western cities, there are many peculiarities to be found here that you will not find in western capitals. Examples include the communist-era bar mleczny (lit. ‘milk bar’) that remain in operation (essentially cheap cafeterias for no-frills, working-class traditional Polish dining, which have remained incredibly popular in the face of westernization). Europe’s largest outdoor marketplace, once located around the old stadium, has disappeared as the new National Stadium has arisen for the Euro 2012 football championships. » See more on Wikitravel!
It took me 8 hours to reach the city by bus from Vilnius. And once in coach station, I saw that my lithuanian SIM card didn’t work in Poland, I cannot contact my friends to tell them where I am. I finally bought a new prepaid card in commercial center of the Central Station and called them. They find me and we went to restaurant and hostel to put luggage before start exploring!
One of my friend is in the capital since 2 months, she was our guide and show us the mains places. Old town and arround. My vision of Warsaw is special, I really like the old town but I still think that the rest of the city is without any charm.. Don’t worry, it stills good to visit.