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).
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.
The Palace of Science and Technology is an ugly art-deco building in Warsaw. It was a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland in the 1950’s, and is the tallest building in Warsaw. But whatever you think of the building, the view from the top is pretty amazing.
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.