Wednesday August 28
What a shame we had only one day here - it looks a very interesting city worth at least 3 days. I don't remember anything from my visit in 1992 - probably I was too traumatized after being robbed on the train from Prague and also there has been lots of renovation. There was a very heavy tropical type downpour which got us drenched. Spent quite a bit of time in the Chopin Museum which was fascinating with lots of interactive displays, music, a couple of pianos.
Lunch in a very interestingly decorated restaurant - painted white with drawings over the walls and ceilings.
Warsaw is both the capital of Poland and, with 1.7 million inhabitants, its largest city. It's on the River Vistula roughly equidistant (350 km) from the Baltic Sea in the north and the Carpathian Mountains in the south.Warsaw's history of rapid development after many wars that ravaged and destroyed the city has earned it a reputation as a "phoenix city", able to recreate itself from the ruins and regain its erstwhile glory every time. During the Second World War, it has suffered a fate similar to Rotterdam or Dresden in that it was almost completely razed, although in the case of Warsaw it was a much more tragic story of successive destruction and defeat. Due to the great efforts of its surviving inhabitants and, indeed the entire nation, it was rebuilt from a field of rubble, with its historic core recreated, but much of its heritage was lost. Warsaw has also had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, which for the most part perished during the war, making Warsaw an important place of Holocaust remembrance.Today, Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and one of the European Union's fastest-developing capitals and the Union's ninth most populous urban centre.