Monday, May 25, 2015

Lucky me, Warsaw still continues to surprise me!

This weekend, I was in for treat when a friend shared photos about the newly opened upper gardens of the Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski w Warszawie). The rear of the castle has been under construction for what seems like the whole two years we’ve lived here. And finally, the gardens opened this weekend to all visitors for free!
Not surprisingly, the castle has always had gardens which extended from the rear of the castle to the Vistula River. From 1818-1827, Polish architect Jakub Kubicki redesigned the gardens in a neoclassical style (hence the name Kubick Arkades). Now, nearly 200 years later, the gardens have been restored to their former glory; and it looks like more renovations may be in the works down the road according to the castle’s website and its garden plans.
Yesterday’s weather was slightly overcast, but plenty of Poles were out taking advantage of the brief sunshine and strolling through the new gardens. I joined them with my camera in hand and spent about an hour trying to get some good photos of the new gardens. I probably should return on a weekday morning so fewer people would be in the photos.
Stop by the new gardens for yourself someday soon! You can even enjoy a beer or other refreshment at the café located here as well while you soak up the sunshine!
This section is part of the castle's lower gardens.
Warsaw Royal Castle
Plac Zamkowy
Gardens are open: 10 a.m. to dusk Monday to Saturday
11 a.m. to dusk Sundays
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Me said...

Have you read any book about Polish history since you arrived in Poland? I'm asking cause I wonder what insight you have into Poland, history and all of that.

Joy said...

@ME, Yes, I've read many, many historical fiction and non-fiction books. Why do you ask? Here are some I've read about Poland: Empty Water: A memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto, Searching for Schindler, Love & Hate, The Warsaw Zookeeper, Entanglement, Poland's Daughter, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, Escape from Sobibor and the Last Jew of Treblinka.

Me said...

Well, I meant something like Norman Davies' "God's Playground". Cause I think that not only recent 76 years shaped Poland. Things like taking christianity from West than East/South, German colonization, counterreformation, Sarmatism and so on.

Heather | Ferreting Out the Fun said...

Love the chevron print on those tree pots!!