Where is this city? and what is so special about it? Well i did not find out in 3 days, i think it will require a few more days of exploration. Say welcome to Warzaw the capital city of Poland and one of Europe`s youngest capital cities.

Did you know that Marshal Jozef Pilsudski led the polish army that liberated the country in 1918? He was subsequently proclaimed the first head of state of an independent Poland.  


 The palace of culture and science - Stalin´s unwanted gift to Poland     Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

The palace of culture and science - Stalin´s unwanted gift to Poland 

Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie


The first impression is that It is a relatively flat city. The area of the city covers 517 square kilometers, while the city´s agglomeration covers 6,100.43 square kilometers,  and has a population of around 1,7 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 2,7 million residents, making Warsaw the 9th most populous city proper in the European Union.  How to get around? The transport infrastructure is easily set up, you can travel around the city by taxi, train, bus and electric trams or just use ure legs. 

Eat out in the city is a relatively pleasant experience both costs and due to the culinary experience.

Polish traditional food, a cuisine that was suppressed during Communist times, is now making a comeback. Polish traditional foods consists of traditional Slavic fare, but also has influences from Italy and France that date back to the medieval Polish court. The Polish traditional foods you will encounter today are flavorful, hearty, and complex, but you are bound to find something you like.


 Warsaw by Night   Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

Warsaw by Night 

Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie


What to do in the city when you are visiting? Well, thats up to you, a big city like Warzaw has a huge variety of pleasant experiences. Some of these may be, eat out, fancy restaurants, clubs, striptease, kebab parlor, Museum,  art exhibitions, cinema, swimming, tattoo parlor, Sex shops, book shops, coffee shops, sock shop. All what you need is right there in the city, places all over, and its your task to find it. 

Warsaw also offers multiple markets where you can find maybe your old music-tapes from the 80´s, or old USSR war memorabilia, paintings and even larger things like motorcycles. The marked is definitely worth checking out, it´s cheap and you can certainly make some "hot" deals.  There are several markets, and they are not overexposed in terms of massive marketing on internet, you may want to ask a local to find the right one.  


 The old marked  Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

The old marked

Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie


One thing is clear, the feminine part of the Poles like to dress elegantly, wear nicely done makeup and well done hairstyle. I did not see any of the feminine Poles in a tracksuit or "jogging" pants with bigger jackets with ketchup stains all over it. I believe the elegance is a tradition that they have kept on to through the years. And i hope will continue forever. I think we have something to take with us into our world when it comes to this point of everyday elegance.


 Everyday elegance   Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

Everyday elegance 

Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie


Now we Vodka, is an expression often heard during night time or even sometimes in the day times in Poland. The tradition stands strong within the Slavic race. The "ritual" or the tradition stands back all the way to the early middle age. Basic vodka is a distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol, sometimes with traces of impurities and flavorings. 

Some of the drinking traditions, based around Vodka are less pleasurable, particularly the following morning. I think some of these traditions are invented to see if other cultures have similar capacities for drink as the Poles.

We had a superb tripp to this city, and we will more than willing return to explore more of the city content. A hot tip due to home returning will be. Do not buy any toy guns or even weapon look alike to bring back to your kids, this will probably work if you check in your luggage, but in an effort to include these in your hand luggage would be a sincere bad idea. One of my travel companions had a nice talk with the verdant and weapons bearing customs authorities. But It all worked out well in the end. 

Feel free to have a look my Warsaw special photography composition on my web page. 


 The Waiting  Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

The Waiting

Photo: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie


There are countless reasons to fall in love with Warsaw
— City of Warzaw tourist infomation centre

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