Why did I decide on this trip? Living in a big city throughout the year should provoke one to think of travelling to less urbanised areas during vacation... It was again a memory trip. I went to Warsaw as a small boy and the impression it made on me was very very positive. I have never forgotten penguins in the zoo, the skeleton of a dinosaur in the museum or red trams in streets.
I wanted to relive those moments. I think I am definitely getting sentimental at the old age.
I am going to post general description pics here, while detailed photos stories will be in seperate threads.
The trip was 7 days, we covered 750 kilometers, the car consumed 12.5 litres auto gas per 100 km. We stayed at the campsite which was underdeveloped and tragically expensive (capital) , but close to the center.
The road mostly looks like this
But they are building the other direction to Krakow.
When they finish, it will look like that
Road fruit sale point
We came to Warsaw at about 5pm. After putting up a tent there was still time to look around the neighbourhood. The first impression wasn`t too overwhelming....
I certainly liked this sign
We went to the Insurgent Cemetery where are ashes of 100.000 killed in Warsaw during WW2. .
On the next day we paid a visit to the Old Town again, walking through it to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
On the way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier one can see a monument to Marshall Piłsudski.
In this place the Pope celebrated a mass in 1979 during his first visit to Warsaw.
Later, during the martial law, Warsawians created a cross of flowers in this place to express their devotion and play cat and mouse with communist secret police who removed the cross at night. But they didn`t dare to do it in the daylight so it went on in this fashion for some time - cross on the day and removal at night.
When Pope died 3 years ago, the cross appeared again.
Yes, we had fun though walkihg around Warsaw was a bit tiring.
11 July. The fifth day.
We went to a fun center in Carrefour hypermarket. It operates on two levels, my kids liked it very much. There are such facilities in Krakow but not so complex yet. What a village this Krakow is!!! ;D ;D ;D
"I'm staying in Poland - do come over," says the new ad on the Polish tourist board's website for French visitors.
The follow-up nurse advertising image was seen as more scandalous. Various nurse circles protested.....
July 11, 2005 -- Several news outlets have run Mary Sibierski's Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) piece about a new ad campaign by Poland to lure tourists with a poster featuring a mildly suggestive photo of a female "nurse" with the words "I'm awaiting you." The nurse poster follows one featuring a hot male plumber who assures viewers that he is staying in Poland, a joke about Western European fears of an influx of Polish "tradesmen." This is one of the least naughty "naughty nurse" images we have seen, but "trading" on that nursing stereotype remains a problem.
The piece has been headlined "After 'Polish plumber,' "Polish nurse' lures tourists." It explains that the plumber campaign was initially intended as an "ironic riposte" to fears in the European Union, especially France in the run-up to the failed May constitutional referendum, that many Polish plumbers and other workers would come to take local jobs if the continent went forward with the proposed integration. Moving quickly to make lemonade from the "Polish plumber" image, the Polish Tourism Organization created the clever plumber ad. It proved to be the most successful such campaign the nation has ever produced. The nurse ad was the follow-up. It shows an attractive young nurse looking over her glasses and smiling, in a proper long white nurses' dress, complete with cap. However, the dress is unbuttoned farther than would be considered professional (only a sliver of skin can be seen). And the look in the model's eyes, combined with the "awaiting" message, confirms that the ad is more about flirtation than the professional skills of the nurses who work at Poland's "top-grade but still inexpensive spa and health farm facilities," which the ad is also supposed to highlight. Not surprisingly, the business-oriented DPA piece does not note that the ad plays on a long-standing stereotype of nurses.
Of course, the nurse ad is really no more suggestive than the plumber one, in which the T-shirt clad hunk seductively holds what the piece describes as "a rather large wrench." But we are not aware that plumbers are experiencing a critical global shortage driven in part by regressive notions that they are bimbos. Even such a mild association of nursing with sex--with the fantasy idea that working nurses are sexually available to patients--reinforces these stereotypes, which discourage practicing and potential nurses, foster sexual violence in the workplace, and contribute to a general atmosphere of disrespect. Desexualizing the nursing image is a key part of building the strength the profession needs to overcome the current shortage and to meet the challenges of 21st Century health care.
Having said that, we do not plan to launch a formal campaign about such a mild naughty nurse image. But if you would like to send your comments to the Polish tourist office, please click here. (We have sent them a copy of this analysis.)
We also saw tourists from Finland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Italy
Going back home.
Funny street lamps, so short. Did Warsawians try to cut down on their metal usage? ;D ;D ;D Very clever....
When will the other direction lane be finished?
The existing road system allows comfortable ride/drive unless slower drivers keep to the right. If not, the dangeorus overtaking process must take place...
....which might have an unhappy ending. A new direction will help to reduce the number of accidents. Here, a rare site with three crosses. A great tragedy took place here....
A driver lost control of his car because the steering gear broke down. Fortunately, no car was driving from the opposite direction at the time..
Just before Krakow there is a monument to mark the border between the Austrian (with Krakow) and the Russian partition zone (with Warsaw). It seems that Krakowians are proud of being under the Austrian occupation which was the mildest of the three. Poles had a lot of rights in it, they could even be elected to the Austrian parliament, sth unthinkable in Russian or German zones. The differences which arose between zones (partitions lasted 123 years) are still present today. E.g., many residents of the old Russian partition used to vote for post-communist party during elections after 1989.