Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument, Warsaw
The Lazienki Park abounds in statues. They can be found everywhere: on the terrace of the Palace on the Water, in the Theatre on the Island, and in many other parts of the park too.
They are often representations of antique gods, like the satyrs holding lanterns, or Zephyr and Flora in front of the Myslewicki Palace. The auditorium of the Theatre on the Island is topped with 16 statues of famous playwrights, both ancient and modern.
In front of the Palace on the Water there are allegories of two major Polish rivers - the Vistula and the Bug. And of course there are the monuments - to King Jan III Sobieski, to Chopin dating back to 1926, to the great Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz from 1999, and the bust of Piotr Wysocki, a Polish lieutenant, leader of the November Uprising against Russia in 1830, after its fall deported to Siberia for 20 years.
If you love to be outdoors to see natures many blessings then Lazienki Park is a definate must. You can be among the crowds at the Palace on the Water or relax over a drink and snack at the two outdoor cafes. Forget the crowds and have a walk through the many trails which criss cross the park taking you through tree lined paths, usually with many benches where you can sit and relax, pondering the greatness of nature. The peacocks calls always took me by surpirse with their shrill cries. The horse who shyly and inquisitively came to see us as we did him. Don't be surprised as you sit on a wall if the cheeky sparrows come and sit beside you with their merry quirp and their gallant attempts to beat the pidgeons to a free meal. Last but not least, the tiny red squirrel who stood at my feet, I was so in awe in seeing her I couldn't take a photo but captured her on her flight as she sped from the whir of my camera.
Fondest memory: The best memory of Warsaw would have to be the delight on the young boys face as he enticed the pidgeon to land on his hand.
Chopin, Frédéric François (1810-1849), Polish composer and pianist of the romantic school, regarded by some as the greatest of all composers of music for the piano. a French father and a Polish mother, he preferred to use the French name Frédéric
In 1837 he met French writer George Sand. He died in Paris of tuberculosis.
his mazurkas reflect the rhythms and melodic traits of Polish folk music, and his polonaises are marked by a heroic spirit.Chopin greatly influenced other composers, notably the Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt, German composer Richard Wagner, and French composer Claude Debussy. Chopin's many published compositions include 55 mazurkas, 27 études, 24 preludes, 19 nocturnes, 13 polonaises, and 3 piano sonatas. Among his other works are the Concertos in E minor and in F minor, both for piano and orchestra, the cello sonata, and 17 songs.
Favorite thing: One of the most fascinating sights in Lazienki park was not a building at all. As we wondered near the 17th century Place on the Water we came upon several peacocks. Apparently well adapted to urban life and bored with human interaction, they seemed quite uninterested in us.
Any Polish kid must recognize this call.
When you go to the Lazienki park, or visit the military cemetery, don't forget the nuts (without shells, of course).
If you arrive early enough in the morning, just take the nuts bag, rattle it and call "Bashka".
The squirrels arrive and wait for you to give them whatever you got for them.
Don't try to pet them - they are wild animals and might bite if feel stressed.
The one in the picture had managed to take the whole bag from my photo equipment case, left open for less than a minute.
Both places accessible by bus 180. Don't miss the Lazienki. The city's authorities removed the wild foxes they released there, after the foxes caused another problem: the reduction of the geese population in the park..........:-)
Favorite thing: When you walk along the road - Al.Ujazdowskie, there is a Lazienki Park on your left. You will find the Lazienki Palace (The Palace on the Water) and Chopin Momment. In the summer, just here at noon there are Chopin's concerts performed by famous planists. Admission is free.
Lazienski is the beautiful royal park just beside of the presidential palace. One of the building is the palace on the water. You can see a lot of peacocks running there, and if you come in the right season, you can see the males are trying to induce the females.
Once I entered the gate, I saw a statue of Chopin sitting under the tree. The statue is made from stone, and it stands so beautifully.
Fondest memory: I miss the family's of my friend. They are so warm and so friendly, especially her little brother. They welcomed me as a member of their family. I was there in the Easter, and I can see the thick atmosphere of Catholic.
Favorite thing: Lazienski park and Palac na Wodzie.It has been built since 1683 until 1690.Durning the second world war it has been totally destroyed and then rebuilt. Now the palace is part of the national museum, and the rooms inside are an amazing visit for sure.
Favorite thing: When coming in summer, you must go to the open air piano concerts in Lazienki park. Every Sunday from May till End of September, besides the big monument of Chopin concerts are organised, free of charge at noon and and 4 p.m. People gather at the benches, sit between rosebushes or on the grass and enjoy the music. I like it best there in September, when the leaves are turning yellow and red, the air smells of autumn and you know exactly these will be the last nice, warm and sunny days before the many cold and grey months of Polish winter. Realizing this and listening to some melancholic Chopin nocturne, polonaise or waltz means to enjoy life at this very moment even more
Favorite thing: If you`d read my Must See Activities you must have noticed, that I`m a really big fan of that place. I think it`s truly magical and now wonder it`s called one of Europe`s most beautiful parks!
Favorite thing: This beautiful park and palace complex is best known for its 18th-century Palace upon the Water. On summer Sundays piano recitals are held here among the rose gardens.
Favorite thing: visit Lazienki Park, which is situated in the center of the city. There is a beautiful water Palace. You can really rest there on one of the banches.