HER: Warsaw: Now we’re in Mister’s homeland...and that of Chopin. You know when a city is proud of their favourite son, when they name the airport after them.
Chopin seems to mean more to the Poles than just a brilliant composer. He’s a national icon.
As the occupying Germans entered Warsaw in 1940, they blew up a large monument of Chopin in Łazienki Park. This was intended to break the will and spirit of the Poles, knowing how important he meant to them.
It’s hard to fathom as you walk the streets of Warsaw that it was virtually razored to the ground by the Nazis in WWII. This was in retaliation to the Warsaw Uprising in 1945 by the Polish underground resistance trying to liberate the city.
Instead, following the war, the city meticulously examined each building to determine which could be restored and which would need to rebuilt based on the original plan. And so the city rose again.
The Chopin statue was also remade. The original cast for the statue survived the war, so it was possible to recast a replica.
For the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth (back in 2010) the city installed 15 park benches at key sites connected to his life.
This bench is near Holy Cross Church, where Chopin’s heart lies in a jar of cognac interred in pillar of the church. At his request actually...the jar bit, not the church bit.
Each bench features a button that when pressed releases 30 seconds of Chopin’s music. It’s so wonderful to walk through the city and Chopin being played often...reminding Poles of their resilient spirit.
For another side to this story, go check out HIS perspective @his_n_her_adventure
HIS: Warsaw: Sure been a lot of changes since I were a lad playing football and teaching English swear words at the apartment blocks!
All modern, westernised and progressive. It’s great.
It seems Poland has always tried to progress only for the likes of the Nazis or Soviets (and others) to pull them back.
Surprisingly for me, Warsaw has a history with neon advertising that demonstrates this struggle. I love neon advertising by the way.
After Stalin’s death in 1953 and a subsequent swell in Polish creative expression, there were calls to drive progression and consumerism in Warsaw and the recent trend of neon graphics was chosen. A stark contrast to the grey and gloomy architecture and mood of the time.
However, consumerism in a socialist world meant that it would be done appropriately. The signs would not be vulgar, in your face, western ads displaying brands everywhere. They would be informative and act as landmarks.
It worked. Good times came and moods were lifted.
With the advent of Solidarnosć in 1990 and Poland becoming a republic, the new administration removed these signs of a Communist era that they wanted to move on from.
The pic above is from a fellow neon-lover who has rescued the signs and created a museum dedicated to this art and history.
Advance. Change. Advance. Change. The story of Poland, in lights.
For another side to this story, go check out HER perspective @his_n_her_adventure
Rhainy Rhinos 🦏 #warsaw#zoo very uplifting to see a baby rhino. I love animals and have always been passionate about them (minus mosquitos) and conservation and breeding programs in zoos seem to be the best solution to stop these amazing animals from going extinct. I wish as a species we would pull our heads out of our butts and realise that nature is more important than profit. Nature >>>>>> money #rhino#protective#mama#endangeredspecies#waiting#food (And for the record Phil whistled 🙄)
Polonya #CMS projemiz bitti ve dönüş yolunda küçük bir tur yapmanın sırası geldi! Katılımcılarımız ikinci durak olan Varşova'yı baştan aşağıya gezdiler! İşte fotoğraflar 🙆
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Our Poland #CMS project is over, and it's time to take a little tour on the way back! Participants traveled all over the second stop Warsaw ! Here are the photos 🙆
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Представник університету Галина Цуприк взяла участь в інформаційній зустрічі в Києві щодо популяризації внеску жінок в майбутнє ІТ-технологій. З цього приводу студенток, аспіранток і молодих вчених-жінок з Центральної Азії, Центральної та Східної Європи, і зокрема, України запрошують на міжнародну конференцію «Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit 2018», яка пройде 27-28 листопада 2018 р. у Варшаві.
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