Warsaw Day 1: Picturesque Old Town

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I apologize for the lack of blog posts for the past month. I have been busy traveling and dealing with school. After working full-time over summer break, the day I had long been waiting for had finally arrived – the day for me to depart Chicago and to start my journey in Europe. Moving out from my apartment was a pain, the monthly storage price for all my stuff was passable. Nonetheless, 8 hours later, I landed in Warsaw, Poland. First stop right out of the airport was Old Town of Warsaw, not that I particularly wanted to see the neighborhood right away, but because I was starving. After some delicious pierogies, I walked around Old Town to check it out.

Old Town, Warsaw, Poland

Old Town, Warsaw, Poland

First stop in Old Town as was the Royal Castle (The red building on the right you see in the picture above. Just like other royal palaces and castles you would see around Europe, the interior was sumptuous with what seemed like to me huge unnecessary space. After the Royal Castle, I went to the Copper-Roof Palace, which is a Polish history museum now.

Copper-Roof Palace

Copper-Roof Palace

Following by that was St. John’s Archcathedral, the exterior looked interesting, but unfortunately two times I passed by it between two different days it was both closed to visitors.

St. John's Archcathedral

St. John’s Archcathedral

After St. John’s Archcathedral, I stopped by the old town square. I took some time to sit down in the middle of the square and to admire its beauty. To me, old town square seemed like a place where a Disney movie or a romantic movie would take place. The old town square was bustling with people, the colors of the apartments surrounding the square were vibrant.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Legend has it that a fisherman named Wars fell in love with a mermaid called Zawa, that how the name of the city Warszawa in Polish or Warsaw came to be.

The Mermaid Statue from the Legend

The Mermaid Statue for the Legend

After the square, I went to pay my respect for not just only those fought in WWII, but also those underaged who had to fight in the war to defend their freedom.

A statue to remember those child soldiers who fought in WWII

A statue to remember those child soldiers who fought in WWII

I circled back to the entrance of Old Town, Went up to the bell tower of St. Anna’s Church, at the top offers an incredible view of Old Town which you have seen already (The first photo of this blog post). Following the observation tower, I checked out the interior of St. Anna’s; it was stunning. Just before I entered St. Anna’s, I was thinking to myself “Hmm churches in Poland aren’t as splendor as other churches I have seen in Europe,” because before St. Anna’s I saw three other churches first, and they were fine, but St. Anna was very impressive it got me speechless.

St. Anna's Church

St. Anna’s Church

This concludes my first day in Warsaw, Poland. Stay tuned because a truckload of blog posts are coming your way!

Your boy,

-Chuck

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