In the summer I went to the Warsaw horserace track for the first time. I'd heard a lot about it and what a fantastic day out it turned out to be. It's a place where history, passion and excitement all seamlessly meet together.
As you approach the racecourse there are the abandoned buildings from its heyday. Then you reach the main pavillion and it lives up to its reputation as being one of Warsaw's outstanding examples of original 1930s modernism (similar to the De La War Pavillion in Bexhill if you can imagine). Sweeping white lines and wraparound glass windows all set in acres of greenery.
The course is well looked after - you can see. The turf is in good condition and one of the great things is that you can stand outside with a drink right where the horses come out at the start of the race.
There was a real mix of people there too - famillies, groups of lads and couples. Just for a day anyone can go and forget their worries and stick a few zlots on the gee-gees.
Tip:Brush up on your betting lingo before you go and which horses are running in the races on that day.
Jon Green - A British expat in Warsaw (Warszawa)
Blogging, photos and videos about Warsaw. Showcasing the new and the old, the modern versus the abandoned and forgotten and a view of the city you might not otherwise see.
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