Chopin memorial

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When I first went to the Chopin Memorial at then Royal Baths Park in Warsaw it was to see a free convert, and it was crowded with people. The next time I went was in a midmorning run in the middle of the week, and it was empty.

I am not quite sure what to make out of the memorial – it is a rather strange shape, but nevertheless it is a lovely park – very quiet and peaceful when there is no convert taking place.

A pagoda… in Warsaw?

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This is not something that I expected to see in a park in the middle of Warsaw – a beautiful Chinese pagoda! I was running through the Royal Baths park (as one does), and I saw a row of Chinese lanterns on either side of one of the paths in the park. I was wondering if they were there for a festival or something. Then I turned the corner and saw this lovely pagoda right in the middle of the park. Apparently the pagoda is a throw-back from when Europe was obsessed with all things Chinese in the 1700’s. Whatever the reason, it was beautiful, unexpected and a lovely spot to take a brief break before continuing on my exploration of Warsaw.

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How to make a Greek Salad

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When we arrived in our apartment in Athens, we found that a section of one of the walls had been turned into a chalk board shopping list. Except that instead of a shopping list, we saw the recipe for a Greek Salad. We had eaten plenty of them by the time we arrived, but now we had a real recipe from a real Greek host in Athens.

How to make a Greek salad

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • feta cheese
  • black olives
  • olive oil
  • salt, oregano & pepper
  • mix and enjoy!

Here’s how it looks!

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The Chapel in the Mine

This beautiful chapel is approximately 135m underground in the middle of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, near Krakow in Poland. The mine was started in the 13th century, and produced salt until as recently as 2007. If you don’t mind waiting you can book your wedding in the chapel, but I believe the waiting list is a couple of years or so.

Everything is carved from rock salt, including the floor tiles and bricks. They are not real – they are just carved directly into the rocks.

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And here is a picture of the entire room. Beautiful, don’t you think?

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Little stone building

When I was going for a run on Aegina from Vagia to the Temple of Aphaia I ran past this little stone building in the middle of an olive grove. I don’t know what it is used for, but I bet it it is full of farming equipment used to grow and harvest olives (although I am not sure what you really need to grow olives – I think you just let the trees do their thing? Anyway I think it is a nice building.

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