Warsaw (Poland)

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Warsaw (Poland)

Warsaw (Poland)

    Don't be disheartened;沮丧?when you arrive in Warsaw and you discover it is not an Eastern European paradise. The city is really a big accident. Giant glass skyscrapers dominate the center whilst;同时?ugly communist

    Lego-construction style tower blocks are omnipresent;无处不在?。 The

    city was levelled;夷平?by the Germans in World War II and has been

    completely rebuilt in tasteless communist grey.

     Since 1989 the capitalists rebuilt the centre with barely more

     preferring to use glass and plastic. There are hardly any finesse

    historic buildings although the old town is an exact reconstruction of pre-war Warsaw and the Russians built the Palace of Culture with German money intended as reparations;赔款?for war crimes. Poles;波兰人?are

    divided about the fate of this building half of whom would like to knock

    it down and the other half preferring to keep it as a focal point of Warsaw and a living part of Polish history.

     All this architectural gloominess should not deter you from enjoying your visit. Warsaw is actually a great place for a short or medium term visit. The Poles love to party especially the younger crowd although

    the older ones will join in too if there is a genuine reason for the celebration. You'll find a plethora;过多?of bars and restaurants to

    indulge yourself in. There are a few local guides you can buy at the airport big hotels and big newsagents which will point you in the right

    direction. In addition to the bars and restaurants there are a few sights

    you should see.

     Once you have been in town for a few days and begin to recognize the buildings visit a museum of Warsaw History in the Old Town Square - Rynek - and you'll see the same buildings but in a pre-capitalist Warsaw where advertising was illegal. The difference is startling. Until now the Poles have tried to hide the Jewish Ghetto an area that was walled off to

    contain the Jews in World War II. Reminders are beginning to spring up

    and a huge museum to this event will be constructed in 2003. And if you are interested in where real Poles live you can take a trip to Ursynow

    and see a typical bland Warsaw landscape.

     The cost-conscious visitor may have a nasty surprise after visiting other cities in Eastern Europe. Warsaw is relatively expensive lining

    up with Western European cities. There does not seem to be any logic behind this anomaly;异常?。 Far more tourists visit Prague every year but

    it is much cheaper. It seems only to be the sheer size of the Polish population attracting foreign businesses and their money.

     One interesting contrast in Warsaw is the difference between rich and poor. Being the capital city it attracts both the elite;精英?and the

    desperate. You can walk across the road from the train station where alcoholics wander aimlessly to the Marriott hotel where businessmen wine and dine their coquettish girlfriends. There's no need to be afraid of visiting the train station it looks far worse than it is and is used

    frequently by the majority of the population.

     Another interesting contrast is between the women and the men. The women are extremely fashion conscious and no matter which style they

    dress in it is always provocative. The men on the other hand are either mostly skin heads or dress very conservatively preferring to spend their

    money on material possessions. There are of course also the nouveaux-riches;暴发户?who dress more or less as they might do in any other city in the world.

     You either love Warsaw or you hate it. Most people who love it are men mainly because they end up getting married to beautiful Polish women

    but there is plenty for ladies to enjoy in this city too so long as they

    are not desperately looking for a husband. Most people stay about a week

    which gives ample time to take in the local atmosphere.

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