After my misdirection the day before, I headed out again, trying to make it to Łazienki Park. I went to the tram stop near my place. As I waited I looked at the transit directions in Google Maps and decided that I would rather take the 116 which I had taken home once before. To catch it I had to walk to the other end of my neighborhood. It wasn’t all that far. As i walked down through the local park I thought about just how I should arrange my travels. I considered whether I should walk for a while then ride the bus to the park. That would give me 20 minutes of sitting before I began to walk around the park.
Still hadn’t decided when I got the tram stop. As I examined the posted tram schedules I didn’t see one for the 116. I knew that the 116 stopped at the Dworzec Gdański stop, so I walked that way. When I got to the stop the schedule there still didn’t have the 116 listed. It was only then that I realized that the 116 wasn’t a tram. It was a bus. The inside of the busses and trams really don’t look so very different, so the night I had ridden the 116 home, I hadn’t noticed it was a bus.
I had a problem, I could see the bus stop not far away. It was close enough for me to see the big 116 on its sign. There was no walkway leading over the tracks to the bus stop. As a matter of fact there was a barrier to keep you from crossing the tracks. I looked around and saw an elevator going down to street level. Just as I opened the door a man came up behind me and made some polite conversation. I apologized for not speaking Polish and we rode down in silence. Once at ground level I looked at the next elevator over and figuring that it was the one I needed.
It was. I came up next to the bus stop and didn’t have long to wait for the 116. I had walked far enough that my 20 minute ticket expired right at the gate that led into the area around the Chopin Monument. I noticed that there weren’t the crowds, which had been there before, so I took another photo, before heading into the park proper.
Since I hadn’t really a plan, (Well I had a plan. It turned out that my plan was on my laptop and not my phone.) I just opened up maps and started looking for points of interest and started walking a haphazard route between them. I knew that in one afternoon I wasn’t going to get to see everything. I also decided not to go into any of the museums, but to spend all my time outdoors.
I saw a huge tree supported by guy wires stretched across the walking paths.
One of the first things I encountered was the Monument to Henryk Sienkiewicz. He was a Polish writer and Nobel laureate. I like the way the monument has manuscript pages falling from his hand.
The cobbled pathways had cobbled gutters.
As I came around a bank of bushes, I was surprised to see two portraits hiding in the bushes. I don’t know why they were there, but it made me laugh.
Above the The Royal Theatre and the Old Orangery. It was the place where citrus trees were placed to stay warm during the winter. Below is the nearby Wodozbiór, water tower, which is decorated with a cornice of cow skulls.
I haven’t been able to find out what the statue above was, but I think it depicts Hercules’ fight with the Nemean lion.
The White Pavilion, above, is under renovation, so I wasn’t able to get very near to it. I was able to walk in the garden area in front of it. Below is the man who had it built, Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last king of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Like many things in Poland his legacy is controversial.
It seems that the huge trees, which had the pretty upright blossoms, are chestnut trees.
The Water Palace is now a museum, but it was once the king’s bathhouse.
There are landings on the front and back of the bathhouse, which give easy access to the lake.
The little guy above was a lot more red in person, than the camera caught, so I tweaked the image to show how it looked to my eye. It was about half the size of the gray squirrels in the US.
At the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship the lawn is decorated with plywood animals.
I found it intriguing that one of the herbaceous borders was actually herbs.
The other side of the bath house
Looking back down the lake to the bath house
John III Sobieski Monument: the his horse is overriding turkish soldiers. The flanking statues are of empty military dress. I guess they are turkish too.
After all the walking around, I was ready to get something to eat. I was making my way out of the park when I found this little bar. Agrykola Kawiarnia. (Agrykola is just the name of the street it is near.) I got a piece of bread with mushrooms and cheese topped with catsup. That sounds strange, but the catsup here makes a great pizza sauce. I have used it myself for that purpose.
As usual, I took a bite before thinking to take a photo. the beer was quite good. Since I have no knowledge of the local beers, I just pointed at this one because it had the bison on the label.
Fortified with my lunch I returned to the park to walk some more. At the Pawilon w Ogrodzie Chińskim I came across these to statues. I knew from my travels in China, the one above is the female with a cub under her foot, and the one below is the male with a world under its foot.
After the rains plants went crazy here.
Above: a large Korean tour group makes me feel like I am back in Honolulu. Of course in Hawaii it would have been a dozen or so large Korean tour groups.
Note the little bitty people under the very tall trees, above.
I wasn’t expecting to find the Świątynia Sybilli w Warszawie, (The Temple of the Sibyl in Warsaw). I came out of the woods behind. I later learned that it was built around 1822, and is made all of wood and was just built as a decoration for the garden.
The stone is supposed to be a copy of the omphalos in Delphi, but really doesn’t look like it at all
As I continued to make my way down the length of the park, I noticed the imposing building above. Later when I was trying to find a way out fo the park I kept encountering a guarded fence. I figured since the building was flying the polish flag, it was a government building. Later I found it was Pałac Belwederski, which is classically-styled 17th-century belvedere & home to President of the Republic. Not open to public. I had to walk down past the residence before finding a gate out of the park.
Above: A man with a professional gimbaled was camera filming what seemed to be two actors enacting a scene. Later I saw another bunch using mobile phones to film. I was pretty far away from the above group, and used the zoom. But the later group was too close for me to be comfortable taking a photo of them. I had to walk past them to get to the park exit. They stopped their scene to let me pass.
Above, the New Orangery. Below a statue outside the New Orangery. I had to wait for a guy who was acting like he was Ansel Adams, with an iPhone, to take about five dozen images before I could snap the one I wanted.
The New Orangery was built around 1861. I wasn’t able to find about anything about this statue.
Look, it is a sundial! It was pretty accurate. It was 1541 (3:41pm) when I took this photo.
There is a restaurant pavilion in front of the New Orangery.
Yet another monument to a poet, writer, journalist hero. I am really really getting tired of monuments.
When I saw the structure above I assumed it had something to do with water control. Nope, it is the Świątynia Egipska. Another one of the king’s garden decorations.
At this point I was as tired of this garden as I am sure that you are of looking at the photos. I took the bus as far as I could go in 20 minutes, intending to walk the rest of the way home. It was rush hour, so that 20 minutes didn’t take me far. After getting off the bus I walked past the flying horses again, seeing them from a different angle. the fantastical building in the background is the Supreme Court of Poland.
I was really tired, so when I passed at bike rental station. I rented a bike and road it over to Arcadia Mall, and walked home from there. It had been less than a 20 minute ride, so my account was not charged.