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September 2015
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Praga : the new east side district !

Praga © Ludovic Bischoff

For the “happening” district of Warsaw – look no further than Praga. This town, independent for a long time, is accesible by crossing the Visule river and was preserved from the german bombs at the end of World War II. The streets of Praga are lined with many pre-war buildings which offer a snapshot of the architectual beauty that reigned in pre-war Warsaw. It is in fact in one of Praga’s steets, Mata, that Roman Polanski shot part of his film ‘The Pianist’ to take advantage of the historical setting and streets of the 40s. However, things are changing and the “hipsters” of warsaw are envading the neighbourhood. Especially since a new subway line, which was inaugurated in spring of 2015, connects the area to the city centre in minutes! No doubt, Praga could soon be transformed under the influence of this high income population who seek the peace and quiet not found in the city centre. We suggest starting off your discovery with the orchestra that sits on a small square just off Florianska street. These street bands have always been popular in Praga and today you just need to send a text to the number enscribed on a plaque to hear a traditional song played out on the loud speakers. Continue your journey through the charming and old-fashioned Rozyckiego Bazaar to find everything and anything and lose yourself in the small streets where street art and decrepit buildings form a backdrop like no other. Could you possibly need any other proof that Praga is the up and coming arty neighbhoood of Warsaw? Then know that this is also the place where french artist Julien de Casabianca creates his masterpieces when he passes through! The artist takes photos of ancient forgotten portaits that he finds in the museums of capital citys. He then prints them and puts them up in the streets. These historical characters in the portaits illuminate the streets of Praga like nowhere else in Warsaw!

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