So the US President came to Warsaw for two days.
After landing at Chopin International Airport he went straight to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then to the Statue of the Heroes of the Ghetto. He then sped on in the 'Beast' (his bomb-proof limousine) with his troop of special agents, to the Presidential Palace.
The city centre came to a virtual standstill and only the underground was running as normal.
After a long and tiring day he retired his Presidential suite at the Marriot Hotel.
(See blog sidebar for a picture of the Marriot Hotel and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier)
As soon as you head out of the city you will probably come across a stork's nest. Seeing the first stork of the day brings good luck. Here are some pictures of some storks (there is a young one in the nest if you look carefully) with its nest on a telegraph pole (sometimes chimneys too) that were taken only a few miles out of Warsaw.
Long ago there was an active ski jump in Mokotow. Until recently it stood silently, the steps and slope still towering above the district. It has only just been taken down, never to be witnessed again. Here are some pictures taken in 2010.
This is an old stadium in the Mokotow district which has a long history. Mainly used for football, it is now in a state of disrepair. The pitch is still used for football and there is (the remnants of) a running track. The stands are falling apart and the press box is in a shocking state.
Watch this jogger's eye view of the stadium in its abandonment.
Above is the video for the 2008 Human Race. It was a 10km run sponsored by Nike. The Human Race was a special event organised in a few cities around the world. This video, thank you to the organisers, really captures the spirit and atmosphere of the day.
In Warsaw, the annual event is often called the Warsaw Run. Everyone is welcome to participate and it is always well-organised. The times are uploaded to the internet so that after the race you can see how you did during the race. It is not expensive to enter and you get a race t-shirt included in the price. Join me for the next one!
Here are some photos of the view through the roof in Zloty Tarasy, which is a modern shopping complex in the centre of Warsaw, behind the Central Railway Station. The roof is a wave-like structure flowing around an office block and the rest of the centre.
It makes the shopping centre light and spacious and especially pleasant to be in when there is snow all around and it is minus temperatures outside.
Pictures taken from the Warsaw Uprising Museum. The museum, hailed as one of the best museums in Poland when it opened, is a must visit for any tourist coming to Warsaw or who is interested in WWII. Powerful stuff. In the pictures you can see replicas of a B-52 bomber that dropped supplies over the city and the sewer system where people had to walk through to get to different parts of the city or simply escape.
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.
Interested in Polish and English history of World War II? Check my photos of the Wolf's Lair & Hitler's Bunker here