Warsaw castle at night

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Warsaw Castle is lit up at night, and the centre of activity in the city. There are lots of restaurants where you can have a meal and a drink, or you can just wonder around the square enjoying the historic architecture.

And of course the predictable trinkets, hustlers and street performer are in abundance. So enjoy the shows, but watch your pockets closely.

Zakopane’s cheese

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Zakopane there are small cheese market stalls, selling an amazing smoked cheese from the region. The salty cheese is called Oscypek, and it is mostly made from sheep milk, but also from cow and sometimes goat.

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It is great on its own, but even better when they heat it on the coals and serve it with a little cranberry sauce. You can buy just one or two pieces of the cheeses, or buy a big block to take home. We did both, but when we arrived back in Cape Town all our clothes smelled of smoked cheese…

Warning: it is very addictive.

The Palace on the Water

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The Palace on the Water, or Lazienki Palace in Polish, is in the middle of Warsaw Baths Park. It was originally built as a bath house, and later converted into a private residence.

It is build on an artificial island in the middle of the lake, dividing the lake into 2. I (quite literally) ran across it while going for a long run in Warsaw. The surrounding park has many spots where you can have a nice picnic, or just sit on the grass while admiring the facade of the palace.

Of historical interest it is one of the few buildings that was not destroyed in World War 2. The German army drilled holes in the walls to blow it, but never got around to it.

The palace is open to visitors.

The Palace of Science and Technology

An HDR shot of the The Palace of Science and Technology in Warsaw. I love the way the top of the tower pokes into the dark thunder clouds, just waiting for the lightning bolt. Although that is an artifact of the HDR processing; if you look closely at the people in the foreground most of them are in summer clothing.

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