Being back here on the blog after a longer absence, I'm eager to tell you what's the reason of my temporary disappearance. After almost 10 years I finally managed to make it to Warsaw. Funnily enough, not only I haven't been in that city for such a long time but also I've actually never had an occasion to spend there more than 2 days in a row.
All this made my lil' trip to the Polish capital something that I was really looking forward to. Especially that over the years the list of places that I was longing to visit in Warsaw grew ridiculously long. This time a 4-days stay in Warsaw had to be sufficient to see and discover as much as possible. Unfortunately, twisting my ankle the second day didn't make it any easier for me...
Anyway, once on the streets of Warsaw (and before the unexpected happened) I went directly to the beautiful building of the Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) which harbors one of the gems of capital's architecture.
Finally seeing this gorgeous place with my own eyes, not only I wasn't disappointed but also I could literally spend there hours, enjoying the peacefulness of this place. The phenomenal indoor courtyard of the main building exerts a truly impressive effect.
Luckily, just before a lil' accident (I definitely gotta be more watchful when walking and shooting at the same time) I managed to walk around the unique Warsaw Old Town and get some nice architecture shots in spite of hordes of tourists.
One gotta know that Warsaw architecture and the city's look can be quite a challenge for a photographer. It is somewhat chaotic and you will notice very quickly that almost in all parts of the city, modern architecture is put together with old buildings in a rather unexpected way.
However, with a little effort, some great examples of old architecture combined with modern look are rather easy to find. Among many of them Hala Koszyki is one of my favorites. This old market, built between 1906–1909, got almost totally destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising and was beautifully renovated very recently, in 2016. Then it quickly became one of the city's best places to grab a beer or some snacks and buy fresh products.
Being quite unable to move around the city on foot during the following days, I was more than happy to learn about the history tram ride that is set up every week-end during summer. It turned out to be a truly epic experience, making it possible for me to see and shoot even more, especially during a stop at the extremely photogenic Gdański Bridge. I could hardly think of a better way to feel the charm of pre-war Warsaw.
Hopefully, I'll be able to go back to Warsaw this year and do some stuff that couldn't be done this time. Namely, exploring the Praga district and doing much more street photography, as this time I only managed to capture those three, lovely ladies at the Savior Square: