If I’m gonna be totally honest, Warsaw is not the most beautiful city. Sure, there are pockets of beauty scattered around the city, but they’re not the obvious kind of beauty. Actually some spots can be downright gritty and gloomy, especially if the weather is gray and rainy. Still, the city streets have an exceptionally strong sense of self and the history that happened here.
Eventually, even through rain, the city’s lively nature shines bright.
Warsaw is rather compact in size, and the city’s atmospheric streets are easy to explore by foot or using the excellent public transport system. I know the traditional pastimes for a rainy day are museums or shopping malls, but I personally prefer to take long leisurely walks in the rain, hiding under an umbrella, popping into cafés and bakeries and just experiencing the city’s heartbeat.
The Palace of Culture and Science was a “gift” from Stalin. Apparently many locals are calling for this sign of past oppression to be torn down, but regardless of what negativity it stands for, it truly is an architectural marvel and one of the most affecting buildings in the city.
The area’s difficult history is clearly visible in the urban decay all over the city
Central Warsaw is lined by wide, busy boulevards
Small dots of color permeate the gray gloom of Warsaw
Nobody wants to live their lives with wet socks. Still, rainy days can have a certain special lure, transporting you into an old black and white film. And luckily more often than not, those rainy days are followed by a bit of sunshine!