After our previous visit in Warsaw, while checking something on googlemaps, Johan exclaimed “how come we didn’t go to see the planes!” (you can see them in google earth). Indeed, there are planes in an open air exhibition in the Polish Army Museum. So this time of course we went to see the planes.
We also visited the place I haven’t been to for 20 years – Wilanów. It’s a french style palais and garden complex. It was a summer residence of the polish king Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Marysieńka. It’s being very nicely renovated (with EU money). There is a lot of wildlife in the gardens. We were very lucky and we spotted a Kingfisher. Although it was in a great hurry so what we really saw was a blue smudge speeding through the air. So, no picture of it, but there are pictures of palais (which kindly didn’t move).
There is a relatively new museum in Warsaw – Polin, Museum of the History of Polish Jews. I think it’s one of the best museums I have ever been to. On their website they say “you’ll need at least 2 hours for the exhibition”. Our friends, who were there, told us that it’s rather 5 hours. They were right. Actually, 5 hours is not enough. I would recommend to go twice. There is so much information, all very interesting, presented in all kind of forms, a lot of it interactive (for example – you can ‘mint’ a virtual coin with your name). They say it’s a museum without actual exhibits. Well, they managed without them exceptionally well. There is even is a virtual online exhibition. Architecture of the building is amazing too.
And we walked around a lot too. We went to Łazienki Park. Translation of its name is a constant source of amusement for Johan, as it means “King’s Bathrooms”. Well, I suppose it might be a bit funny. Although you just get used to names. (English example: Liverpool. Pool of livers??). There was a very good exhibition of dutch posters on the fence of the park.