warsaw

Downtown Warsaw

Warsaw doesn’t only have an historical city. It also had a very modern business district, complete with glass facaded skyscrapers. I took this photo while standing by the last remaining piece of the ghetto wall, and it is quite a dichotomy seeing this modern view while standing next such a profound piece of history.

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The ghetto wall

The memory of the Warsaw Ghetto is very much alive in Warsaw, and it is something we should remember. Hopefully to prevent a repeat of it in the future. While there is only 1 small piece of the ghetto wall still standing, there are plenty of reminders of the ghetto. In particular you keep coming across these brass plaques commemorating where the walls used to stand. A sad reminder of our history, and hoping it will not happen again.

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The heart of Chopin

I ran to the Church of route Holy Cross to visit Chopin’s Heart, where I spent a few quite moments wondering around the church, and in particular visiting Chopin’s Heart. There is a strange story to that. He was worried about being buried alive, so when he died he wanted his heart removed and sent to Warsaw, which was done. So it now rests inside a pillar inside the church. I felt a little bad wondering around a church in my sweaty running gear – but at least I removed my cap.

The rest of Chopin is buried in Pierre Lachat in Paris (where I visited in 2005).

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Old cars

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I love these old cars you see all around Poland. Many of them are now retro rental cars. Maybe next time I will hire one to drive around the city in.

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