On the right Saska Kepa with villas and loads of wealthy
foreigners. On the left the Stadium.
You can turn to the right down Francuska, straight through is Waszyngtona or
on the left we have Zieleniecka, which runs along the
On this round tour we will turn
left, but later we shall get together with Waszyngtona once more.
Grochowska Street. Restaurant Galeria Smaku (The
Gallery of Tastes).
Formally we are still in Warsaw. In reality we are now
leaving the Capital and find ourselves in Poland. From now on we shall
have a long way between the coffee latte and the French croissants, and it is
evident that the houses could do with a handyman.
Left: E. Wedel's old
chocolate factory. The factory also has a cafe with factory sales, so there is
plenty of opportunity to give yourself and the family a real chocolate orgy. The
factory and the trademark were nationalized in 1949, privatised in 1991 and is
now owned by a Japanese concern.
Right: The Cathedral of Prag - a modernist church from
1931. If you think all catholic churches look like each other, then it's maybe
worth having a look inside this one. The ornamentation is minimalistic and you
feel a freedom to breathe.
Left: Grochowska Street.
Trees, pavement, gratings in front of the windows in slight disrepair.
Right: A look into the road in the back yard.
Grochowska Street is an old industrial district, which was incorporated into
Warsaw in 1916. In general Praga was not affected by the military operations
during WWII, and many of the buildings are original pre-war premises from before
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The red sign informs us
that this is where we find the local Welfare Office (Dzielnicowe Centrum Pomocy
New residential housing in between two old blocks of flats.
Rondo Wiatraczna - one of the busiest main junctions on Praga with
loads of modern residential housing.
On the right we notice a street trader selling
You may find shops as well as supermarkets at Wiatraczna, but
most of the convenience goods are sold at the market, where you may also buy
home-grown food and different kinds of parallel imported consumer goods.
Further through Grochowska
A temporary second hand shop on the street in front of a shop with a sign saying
The express road opened in
2007. Easy going traffic and the best biking roads in Warsaw.
Most of the express road goes through uninhabited terrain,
but in the picture on the left we see a modern residential area close to the
river. In general they build a lot around here.
Sound protection which quite efficiently keeps the traffic noise away from the
residential areas. Birds of prey have been attached to the plates in order to
scare the local birds from flying into the shielding.
Mokotow - roads on different levels. An efficient way to get through the morning
traffic. Unfortunately you will find bottlenecks in other places.
This part of the tour runs
parallel with the Royal Route (Sobieski Street).
In the picture we see a
footbridge, which ensures that the traffic runs smoothly. People walking with
difficulty and perambulators can use the lift.
Bang & Olufsen is well known in
Poland as the soul of high quality sound.
Sadyba Best Mall - a medium size shopping and life style centre. Next to the
centre is a large market with small stalls. The two kinds of shopping supplement
each other without animosities.
Right: Waste container
for paper, plastic and glass. Segregating the waste is high on the agenda, but
we still have a way to go. Also the sanitation companies might do a bit more to
change people's attitude.
Czerniakow. A branch of the Polish Army Museum. Here
you have an excellent possibility to study tanks and other full track vehicles on an
The TVN Headquarters - a national, commercial television broadcaster.
Beit Warsaw - a Jewish synagogue and cultural centre established in 1999 with
the aim of renewing the Jewish cultural life of Warsaw.
Wiertnicza 103. One of four active mosques in Poland within waving distance of
Left: If they walk across the street, then Jews and
Muslims may be united with a good piece of beef at the Italian restaurant
Right: In the very back of the picture we can catch a
glimpse of the park surrounding the Palace in Wilanowa.
The royal Route. That's the
beach in Wilanowa. We jump to the crossroads at the right, where the road
branches out into Sobieski Street and Wilanowska
Left: Wilanowska Avenue.
Long as a month of Sundays. Trees, a few houses and fast cars.
P+R = Park & Ride (Park the car and take the metro). Parking
for free, if you buy a metro ticket.
Left: Terminal bus stop
in Wilanowa. Here you will find buses as well as trams and the Metro.
Right: New residential buildings around the metro station.
Left: Course towards the centre.
Pulawska Street is one of the longest streets in Warsaw.
You will find quite a few original buildings from before WWII.
On the way we pass
Krolikarnia (the rabbit house) - a landscape park with a small palace
from 1786. Before that the area was used for hunting rabbits, which is how the
park got its name.
Warszawianka Wodny Park - (Aqua park)
Here is all you need, if you like water. Large Children's
pool, hydro slide, Olympic size pool, saunas, ice bath, massage, mud bath and
5 minutes walk
from the Aqua Park in the direction towards the Centre. Boston Port.
Small, unpretentious restaurant with international specialities and fish dishes.
Very fair prices and well cooked food.
Pieces of Norwegian rock. Left over from the last ice age.
Left: Three banks side
by side. Banks are omnipresent everywhere. I don't mind banks, but I just don't
understand what they are doing. Personally I use netbank, and I haven't set foot
in a "real" bank for the past 4-5 years.
Right: A mobile shop
selling fresh berries.
Left: A bookmakers shop.
Here you can bet on the results of the week's sporting events.
Right: Jan Matejko
(1838-1898) - Poland's patriotic painter depicted huge events in the history of
Poland on even huger canvases.
Jan Matejko lived and worked in Krakow, which was then a part of the
His historical paintings had a strong appeal to the soul of
the people in a period of rebellions and struggle for Polish independence.
Regeneracja. A large pub with a student atmosphere and outdoor service. Some
times live music. You may also eat here.
Left: Yet another one of
the many monuments in memory of those who died during the Warsaw rising against
the Nazi occupier in 1944.
The entrance to Restaurant Flik. You need to step away from Pulawska Street and
go towards the park to get there.
Left: A sex shop on
Pulawska Street. There aren't too many of them, and the assortment is not
impressive. Personally I make my hardware buys in Copenhagen or Hamburg.
The end of Pulawska Street. Cult buildings from the communist era are gradually
disappearing. In the picture you see the building of a new office block and
shopping centre on the site where Warsaw's first self-service store opened in
Left: Office palace with shopping mall in front of the
building in progress above. The legendary Moscow Cinema used to be here until
Right: Queues are not as frequent as in communist
times, but on a hot summer day one may not mind waiting for an ice cream.