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We were most surprised when we visited the Jewish Cemetary to be told to return to the gate house and pay an entrance fee (the sign was hidden by overgrown weed). The price required was 5 zlotys. I'm so glad we did pay or I would never have discovered the story of Janusz Korczak - a Doctor by Education and an educator by predilection. This man founded the first orphanages in Warsaw, both Jewish and Catholic, he was also a well known writer of childrens' stories. He could have escaped his fate with the help of his fellow professional but chose to stay with the children saying "You would not leave a sick child in the night. How can I leave them now?" Janusz Korczak died with the children he protected in Trebllnka.
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Pomnik Adama Miekiewicza (Monument to Adam Mickiewicz) was sculptured in 1898 by Cyprian Godebski and the plinth designed by Jozef Piu Dziekonski and Wydyslaw Marconi. The people of Warsaw had to ask for Russian permission the erect the statue to Poland's National Poet. Permission was granted on the condition that the statue must not be larger than the one of Iwan Paskiewicz the Russian Field Marshall. The Poet's statue was indeed smaller but the plinth on which it stands made larger - The Polish spirit would not be beaten even in this long gone time.
Take some time to examine the hand forged wrought iron fence a gift from Varsovian workers it is very beautiful with its floral design.
A Trio of Musicians
We saw the young trio of musicians many times and in lots of locations during our visit. The young lads played classical music and given their ages it was delightful to listen to. The second picture is a talented young lady we spotted on Ul. Feta in the New Town. She played classical guitar and had a small dog and a kitten for company. The pets were so cute slumbering away in the summer sunshine. Stop and listen and give them a few zlotys.
Excuse me I need to go
Don't get confused over the signs for the little girls & boys room. The circle is for girls and the triangle for boys = simple if you have read Dan Brown's book! You will have to pay for the pleasure though but not much 1 - 2 zlotys. I was surprised however that the restaurants and bars also charge - even if you are a paying customer at their tables. Interestingly the U Fukiera restaraunt and MacDonalds don't charge
A Fine Mode of Transport for a Wedding
While wandering Warsaw's lovely streets, seeing many Churches and beautiful parks we could not help but notice there were so many Wedding Ceremonies taking place. We saw three lots of happy couples being photographed in Lazienki Park and one more wedding party in the Botanic Garden. The wedding car was spotted outside one of the many Churches which line Warsaw's streets. So I take it that Saturday is the most popular day for a Wedding and the parks and gardens the choice of the happy couples for their photographes.
The Church Greets the Sunny Skies
After having one last look at the Escarpment before getting a taxi to the airport we came upon this Church while walking back to the Hotel. The Church is Our Lady Mary's Visitation and is said to be one of the oldest Churches in Warsaw dating back to the 15th. Century. Our Lady Mary's was lost in the ll WW but was rebuild in red brick in the Gothic style you see today. I particularly liked the love hearts which you can see in the photo at the top of the ribs. She sits in peaceful isolation at the top of the escarpment overlooking the Vistula River.
As we turned to go we heard singing and bells tinkling, the whole congregation emerged from the Church singing, ringing bells & carrying great banners. We then noticed as they emerged back through the second arch other onlookers kneeling down on the ground. I can only assume that the Bishop was in attendance. If anyone can enlighten me I would be grateful.
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Stefan Kardynal Wyszynski
. Stefan Wyszynski was born in Poland in 1901. He became Bishop of Warsaw on 12th. November 1948. He was latter imprisoned by the Communist Regime from 1953 to 1956. Stefan Wyszynski died on 28th. May 1981 and is buried in the Metropolitan Cathedral Warsaw. Given his long life through very turbulant times in Poland he must have witnessed and endured a lot for the love of his Church.
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