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POLAND - Warsaw, and onwards to St Pancras by train. North Korea to London overland completed!


Location - Eastern Europe; Capital - Warsaw; Population - 39 million; Currency - Zloty

After a protracted customs inspection, I caught the train from Brest - in Belarus - to Warsaw with seconds to spare - February 2011.

 

Polandnote20 Zloties is worth about 5 Euros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland1The main street leading to the Old Town - Warsaw

 

 

poland2Along this road is the Church of the Holy Cross where, strangely enough, composer Chopin's heart is preserved in one of the pillars - Warsaw

 

 

poland3Buildings on Ul Krakowskie Przedmiescie, leading to the Old Town - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland6Standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland11Radziwill Palace is the home of the Polish president - Warsaw

 

 

poland14Chopin's back in town - Warsaw

 

 

poland12A wall painting in the Jewish area of Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland15Trying to find Pawiak Prison - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland20Pawiak Prison was a German Gestapo prison during the Nazi occupation. At least 30,000 prisoners died here - Warsaw

 

 

poland23The Warsaw Ghetto Monument commemorates the Poles' uprising against the Nazi occupation in 1943 - Warsaw

 

 

poland26Near the cental train station is the Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from the Soviet Union in the 1950s - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland35Back on Ul Krakowskie Przedmiescie, just outside the Old Town - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland29On the right is the 15th century St Anne's Church - Warsaw

 

 

poland58Looking down on Ul Krakowskie Przedmiescie from the tower of St Anne's Church - Warsaw

 

 

poland60Beyond the rooftops is the Vistula River - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland55The entrance to the Old Town is marked by the 13th century Royal Castle to the right of Castle Square - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland62The Sigismund III Vasa Monument stands in front of the Old Town - Warsaw

 

 

poland30Sigismund III Vasa stands in Castle Square, with the Royal Castle on the right - Warsaw

 

 

poland32Apologies that virtually every photo has at least 1 blob on it. I've since cleaned the lens - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland41The Old Town is a very picturesque area - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland42Through the alleyways to St Martin's Church - Old Town, Warsaw

 

 

poland43St Martin's Church in the Old Town - Warsaw

 

 

poland44I think this is Ul Swietojanska in the Old Town - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland46The Old Town's Market Square is a lovely little square - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland50Shops and restaurants in the Market Square - Warsaw

 

 

poland51Frontages in the Old Town Market Square - Warsaw

 

 

poland54The Old Town was reconstructed following its destruction during World War II - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland63Lazienki Park (Royal Baths Park) is in the southern part of central Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland64The 18th century Palace on the Water was the summer residence of the last king of Poland - Lazienki Park, Warsaw

 

 

poland66Above Ujazdow Park is Ujazdow Castle - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poland67I thought I'd seen my last wooden houses back in Siberia - Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

berlin2Passing Berlin's TV Tower on the train from Warsaw to the German capital

 

 

berlin3At the Berlin Hauptbahnhof station, waiting for the next train to Cologne and then on to Brussels. My proper Berlin photos.

 

 

brussels5I had an evening to while away in Brussels before I headed to London the following morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brussels2And where else to go but the Grand Place? Brussels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brussels3The Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) on the Grand Place - Brussels. More of my Belgium photos.

 

 

brussels6The Manneken Pis is world famous, but this is the lesser known (and more recent) Jeanneke Pis, a female version - Brussels

 

 

stpancras1'The Meeting Place' statue stands beneath the St Pancras station clock - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stpancras3Mission complete! North Korea to London by train.
Pyongyang, Dandong, Harbin, Chita, Ulan Ude, Yekaterinburg, St Petersburg, Minsk, Brest, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels, London.
And unfortunately straight to work..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.discoverpl.com

www.poland.travel - Poland tourist board

 

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