Odyssey in Poland & Fryderyk Chopin
Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina (Fryderyk Chopin Monument)
Lazienki Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Europe or most probably in the world, was so huge that I could not possibly see each and every corner of this park. Fryderyk Chopin Monument is located at the corner of Lazienki Park. The monument represents Chopin sitting under a willow tree with some wind. Chopin looked to be inspirational given by the power of nature. I heard somewhere that a willow tree also represents Chopin's hand; yes, it looked like it, indeed. There are various kinds of other Chopin monuments in Poland, but a monument here in Lazienki, I strongly believe, is the best! I really felt both elegance and powerfulness from this monument. There was a pond in front of the monument and red rose planted around it. I visited Lazienki numerous times just to be close to this monument as I felt relaxed and felt as if I could get some kind of power from it at the same time; it was like heaven to me. (Sep. 1998)
Not very far from here, I found a monument to Paderewski who was a famous Polish pianist and prime minister of Poland. The street in front of the park was very so beautiful along with embassies of many countries. (Sep. 1998)
Park Lazienkowski (Lazienki Park)
Never have I seen such a beautiful park like Lazienki. It has palaces, ponds, bridges, cafes, a temple and a theater; even buses are running through the park. It was so huge that I had got lost in the park, indeed. At around 8:00pm, I returned to the park to see the piano recital performed by a Polish pianist, Poliszewski. Although a guide led me to the "palace on the water" where the recital was to be held, I barely reached the palace as the park was real deep dark with no lights on, but it was a little fun! It was cool inside the palace and voices reverberated throughout hall. A program at this recital was all Chopin, of course. He played Ballad No. 1, Polonaise "Hero," and some mazurkas. I could hear him play very near and his performance sounded very nice and dynamic at this hall. During intermission, a glass of champagne was served and after the recital, I could shake hands with Poliszewski. (Sep. 1998)
Palac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science)
In recent years, many high-rise buildings have been built in Warsaw. Yet, this tower still stands out among others. After buying the ticket, I took an old elevator to the top of the tower. It was a little scary lift as it shook hard on its way. From up there, I could command a nice view of the city and could even see the Praga area beyond the Wisla River. It was hard for me to believe that the city had completely been destroyed by World War II. In the meantime, I found tall buildings being constructed all over the city and felt rather sad to see them changing so fast. (Sep. 1998)
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