When Picasso visited Warsaw in 1948 he drew the Warsaw’s Syrenka on a wall at ul. Deotymy 48 in the Wola district. The family who lived in the apartment got sick of the constant flow of visitors wishing to view the work and grew to hate the drawing on their wall. They were finally granted permission to paint over the charcoal drawing! Today there’s a recreation of the symbol on the wall of the house at ul.Obrońców 28/30 in Saska Kępa.
Often overlooked by those in a rush to catch a train, the small railway stations dotted around the centre of the city are well worth checking out by those with an interest in the wacky, space age architecture of 1950’s Warsaw and it’s reassuring to know that the railway authorities still hold these magical oddities in high regard.
Every year the British Embassy holds a Remembrance Day ceremony in Skaryszewski Park – by the monument to the Royal Air Force Liberator which was shot down by the Germans during the Warsaw Uprising. This year’s event is on Sunday 13th November at 10.40am. Remembrance Day is always on the Sunday closest to the 11th November.
This brief series of photos suggests the bittersweet longing for a type of urban-retail “niche,” as cities opt for more homogeneous trade-spaces that focus solely on the commercial exchange and foretell the decline of symbolic exchange.
Welcome to the golden tinged autumn edition of Warsaw In Your Pocket. Without waxing too poetic, we can officially declare this crunchy-leave-walk scarf-wearing pumpkin-carving mushroom-picking season to be our personal favourite. Our main feature will take you Round & About the Plac Unii Roundabout. Check it out!