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.
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.