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September 2015
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Elsewhere in Warsaw…

Mysia 3 & Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw © Ludovic Bischoff

Although Praga is naturally very attractive to western visitors in search of traces of a preserved past, one can not simply ignore a visit to Warsaw’s city centre. If only to admire the Palace of Culture and Science, a kind of huge neo-gothic wedding cake which has become the icon of the city. This “Palace” conceived by Stalin as a “gift to the polish people” has long been dispised by the inhabitants of Warsaw. Built between 1952 and 1955, it cost a fortune in a country that was barely recovering from the second world war. Years after its completion, the “Gotham city” style building, sat pristine and immaculate among the ruins of a city that had not yet been rebuilt! After the fall of the Berlin wall, Varsovians even planned to destroy it…Fortunatly however, they decided against it and we can now visit what remains of an architectual feat filled with memories of a dark past. From the top of the tower, the views are simply breathtaking. For a final shopping trip, be sure to visit Mysia 3 which includes several floors of shops many of which showcase local designers. In particular, special attention must be paid for Ewelina Kustra and her shop “She’s a riot” which offers a great selection of both Polish and French goods.

http://mysia3.pl/
http://www.pkin.pl/


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