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Palac Ostrogskich (Ostrogski Palace)
Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina (Fryderyk Chopin Museum)

It is the world headquarters of the International Fryderyk Chopin Society. Within the palace, there are several organizations regarding Fryderyk Chopin, such as a Chopin Museum that houses portraits, letters, manuscripts, and Chopin's grand piano; library; office of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition; and Fryderyk Chopin Fund as well as Fryderyk Chopin Society.

There was a souvenir shop at the front and I bought a program book of Chopin Piano Competition held in 2000. It included participants' profiles and details. I was glad to have it. I do wish to see the real Chopin Piano Competition here in Warsaw someday. (Sep. 1998, Oct. 2005)
   
Akademia Muzyczna im. Fryderyka Chopina
(The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music)

Next to the palace was a small yard with benches. I took a seat for a little while. I was watching mischievous little boys running around and picking the branches of trees on the yard, and three obese old women shouting at those kids not to do that. It was a rather funny scene.

Akademie Muzyczna im. Fryderyka Chopina (the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music) stands across this yard. As pre-recorded performance tape has been repealed effective 2005, the preliminary round of the 15th Chopin Competition took place at a hall in this academy. (Oct. 2005)
 
Państwowa Szkola Muzyczna nr 2 im. Fryderyka Chopina (Polish Chopin Academy)
And about 15 minutes away near the Wisła River, there is another school building of Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music. I noticed the beautiful engraving on northern façade! As I was approaching this buiding, I could hear the pleasant sound of Chopin's Scherzo No. 2.
(Oct. 2005)
 
Ulica Nowy Świat (New World Street)
Leaving the palace, I soon found neat cafes and shops along Nowy Swiat (the New World street). This street is one of my favorites in Warsaw.

In the autumn of 2005, I found a few Internet Cafes which I did not see when I first visited here in 1998. (Sep. 1998, Oct. 2005)
 
Kosciol sw. Krzyza (The Holy Cross Church)
Chopin died in 1849 and was buried in Paris, but in accordance with his will, his sister Ludwika took his heart to Poland and placed in this church.
When I visited there, there were a number of bouquets around the big urn where Chopin's heart had been buried. I guess these bouquets will never be ceased here. (Sep. 1998, Oct. 2005)

 
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