Warsaw: Everything New is Old Again

Most of Warsaw was destroyed in World War II. The Polish do not put up with destruction like that, so the citizens undertook a five-year restoration project immediately after the war to meticulously rebuild their beloved historic town. Though it looks like and feels as if it has been there for a very long time, almost nothing is more than seventy years old in Warsaw.
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I was only here for a day, but here’s where I slept and ate:

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Zapciek Polskie Pierogarnie – Pierogis for everyone (including vegetarians)!

U Fukier – pricey for Poland, but beautiful classical Polish ambience.

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In today's installment of "Should I Visit This Tourist Attraction?" I go to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka so you don't have to (unless you want to). About twenty-five minutes outside of Kraków, Poland is a series of salt mines that are some of the oldest in the world. And until recently were still in use. It is said...

Tales of an ancient forest deep on the border of Poland and Belarus ping across my consciousness like a tiny flight recorder begging to be found. Maybe just a faint sound here, then years later another pulse, reminding me of its existence. And now I can no longer ignore it. I don’t know why the thought of...

Straddling Poland and Belarus, the Białowieża Forest is the last bastion of a once vast primeval forest that stretched out across the lowlands of northeastern Europe. Home to kings and tsars, peasants and soldiers, the forest has...

 

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Hi. I’m Juliana Dever and according to science I have some sort of "exploration" gene. Embracing this compulsion, I spend a lot of time hurtling around the planet in metal tubes experiencing other cultures and writing humorous essays about it. Enjoy.

11 Comments

  1. Gille / June 2, 2015 at 6:28 am /Reply

    Beautiful shots. Have you considered having a “photography while traveling” section?

    • Juliana Dever / June 2, 2015 at 8:57 am /Reply

      Thank you! And yes, I have considered a “photography while traveling” section. That’s why I created the “lens” tab in my menu section. More to come!

  2. Christine / June 10, 2015 at 8:12 am /Reply

    Your pictures of Warsaw are beautiful…it’s so hard to believe it’s all relatively new. A friend is part Polish and took her mother there several times over the years…she talked about how much her mom loved the trips. Your pictures put everything into perspective. I MUST add this to the list!!

    • Juliana Dever / June 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm /Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Christine! Warsaw was fascinating and also fun to wander around in. I hope you get a chance to visit.

  3. Sofie / June 12, 2015 at 5:11 am /Reply

    Hi Juliana,

    I really love your blog and you are a big inspiration to me as I’ve told you before! I really love the beautiful pictures you share and I was just wondering what camera and lenses do you use? And do you recommend any? I’m slowly beginning to plan some of the trips I’ll go on once I gratuate and I would really like some good pictures.

    //Sofie

  4. lucy / June 21, 2015 at 1:04 am /Reply

    I like your travel your courage your unique vision.. I wish one day I can be.
    I am a fan of you and your husband.
    Efforts!

  5. Beata Brandt / May 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm /Reply

    While I’ve traveled through Warsaw (Warszawa), I’ve never had a chance to visit. My cousin from Poland tells me that Warszawa has become a very modern, multicultural city.

    • Juliana Dever / May 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm /Reply

      I really enjoyed Warsaw, and Poland in general. I would love to go back and visit more extensively!

    • Juliana Dever / July 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm /Reply

      It’s beautiful, I really love Poland and Warsaw was a particular gem. Thanks for following along!

  6. Melanie de Smith / September 6, 2018 at 10:41 am /Reply

    This blog helped me as a raging claustrophobic to decide not to go to the salt mines. Spent a far better day in Kraków. Thanks!!!

    • Juliana Dever / September 6, 2018 at 10:44 am /Reply

      That’s awesome Melanie. I really need to do more of those quizzes…Glad you had a great day in Kraków!

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