This monument remembers the street musicians of Warsaw. Small bands like this one were very popular before World War 2, and today are hardly to be heard. The monument is in the Praga area, across the river from Old Town. Besides the monument, there is not much to see in Praga (at least not that I could find). But it made for a nice loop in one of my Warsaw runs.
If you have a Polish cell phone, you can SMS to 7141 with the text KAPELA and the tune number (from 1 to 100), and the band will play the tune (the track list is on the drum).
The statue of Archduke Charles looks over the Heldenplatz (Hero’s Square), next to the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Built in 1860, it glorifies the Habsburg dynasty. Charles was the leader of the Austrian army, and in the early 1800s fought against Napoleon.
On one of my Aegina runs, I came across this interesting statue (and this is one of the great things about going running on holiday – you see all sorts of interesting things). I did some research after my run, and I realised that it is directly opposite the Kapralos Museum. Kapralos was a famous Greek artist, and the copper statue symbolizes the Greek mother, a woman who toils in devotion to her family.
In my previous post, I showed the flower-clock in Stad Park in Vienna. If you walk a little beyond the clock you will see a wonderful statue of Johann Strauss (i.e. junnour) playing the violin. Imagine him playing the Blue Danube as you sit and listen to his music. The statue looks like it is made from solid gold, but it is gilded – a very thin layer of gold has been applied to the bronze statue. It lights up the whole park in the sun.