Odyssey in Poland & Fryderyk Chopin
Dom Urodzenia Fryderyka Chopina
(The Manor House of Fryderyk Chopin)

After the visit to St. Roch's Church in Brochow where Chopin was baptized, I finally headed for the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin in Zelazowa Wola. On my way from Warsaw, I enjoyed the landscape of the Mazovian region - a flat land with poplar and willow trees. I hear that these trees function as a sign as the land is covered with snow in winter. The beautiful pastoral scenes of this area convinced me how Chopin created those masterpieces as a child.
Entering a big black gate, a white manor house with ivy began to come in sight. I couldn't believe there was this manor house of Chopin in front of my very eyes; the house that I had seen in books and magazines many times. Here, Fryderyk Chopin was born on February 22, 1810.

Then soon traditional Polish dishes were served; above all, pierogi was yummy. It tasted like Japanese gyoza.
Luckily, I got a chance to meet with an American pianist, Kevin Kenner who had won the top prize at Chopin Piano Competition in 1990 and I could hear his performance. He started with Prelude No. 25. During his performance, my heart beat so fast! I never expected that I could hear the play of a top winner of the Chopin Competition in Chopin's very house.

After this concert, he showed up again. He changed his clothes from tuxedos to casual wear. I asked him for his autograph and he kindly gave it to me! I was extremely fortunate on this day.
  Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina
(Fryderyk Chopin Monument)

Chopin's garden was vast; it was almost like a botanical garden. Various kinds of trees were brought from all over the world and planted here. There were a few monuments to Chopin here, too. One in the backyard was familiar one.
Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina
(Fryderyk Chopin Monument)

I found another one at the front porch of the house. It was really hard to leave here in the late afternoon. I wanted to immerse myself a little more with the world of the "Poet of the Piano."
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