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On This Day – Valentine’s Day Blunder

So I continue to look back through the archives and am reminded that on Valentine’s Day in 2015 I was in the Polish City of Warsaw…

After a first look at the Old Town and completing a circuit just to get our bearings and identify some potential restaurants for later we found a bar with a vacant table and ordered our first Polish beers. The waiter tried to persuade us to eat but we said it was too early.

He was rather persistent and told us this would be a good time because later everywhere would be full. Kim wondered if we should book a table somewhere but I passed this off as opportunist salesmanship and persuaded her that there really was no need.

This was a decision that I was going to regret later!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry, The Palace of Culture in Warsaw

Palace of Culture Warsaw

One of the most notorious examples of Soviet Realist architecture, at two hundred and thirty-one metres high, the Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland and the eight highest in the European Union.  It was commissioned by Josef Stalin as a gift from the people of the Soviet Union.

You can’t say that the communists are always inefficient because construction began in 1952 and was completed in 1955 in a total of two years and sixty-six days, although to put that into context the Empire State Building in New York is 65% higher and was completed in less than half that time – one year and forty-five days.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Moscow

We left the Cathedral and returned to the streets of Moscow that were now bathed in sunshine and we made our way towards the Kremlin and Red Square.  As we walked away  there was a small party of school children each with a packet of coloured chalks and under the instruction of the teacher leaving a personal memento of their visit to the cathedral on the pavement outside.

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