Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The very best of the best of Warsaw! #8

Warsaw University Library and University grounds.

Although these locations are actually separate, for the sake of trying to link some sights together I have combined these actually associated subjects.
The library is probably the main highlight and it has to be good, when the street it faces is Dobra (good) street!! That said, I have never actually taken my own camera to the library! I have been there about 5 or 6 times, but I have never had my camera, so I have "borrowed" some net pics for it.
The area is an really interesting place to walk around, sometimes I have to admit to getting lost in the maze of backstreets that lead away from Krakowskie Przedmiescie down towards the river. As numerous people who have come to Warsaw to visit can attest to. But, once I get down to the library all is forgotten. It really is a cool place. It has a great roof top garden which is now overlooking the new and fancy looking Copernicus Centre of Science. It should all be opened by the end of the year! Hooray for interactive science!

I hope to get there soon to get some photos of the Autumn kicking in. Fingers crossed.....

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The very best of the best of Warsaw! #9

#9 Botanical Gardens

I have to admit to being surprised by this one being voted in. As all medium to large cities have botanical gardens, yet my students like the Warsaw one more than other places "of note and significance".

The botanical gardens are centrally located one metro stop and a short stroll from the "city centre" or a pleasant leisurely wander south from the centre. They are found next to the more popular and famous Łazienki Park, although they are somewhat smaller and less elaborate in style. The Botanical gardens are actually part of the University of Warsaw and certainly worth the look if you have time and and the lazy 5PLN to get you past the not so smiling Granny in a booth.

I have only been there once, it was this year and at the beginning of
Spring, so not everything was blooming at that stage, but we did get to see some lovely plants and enjoy the environment there.

You can also get a coffee and cake there, but instead we bought some lavender plants which made for a lovely fragrant ride home on the metro.

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