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POLAND - Warsaw, and onwards to St Pancras by train. North Korea to London overland completed!

Location - Eastern Europe; Capital - Warsaw; Population - 39 million; Currency - Zloty

After a protracted customs inspection, I caught the train from Brest - in Belarus - to Warsaw with seconds to spare - February 2011.


Polandnote20 Zloties is worth about 5 Euros









poland1The main street leading to the Old Town - Warsaw



poland2Along this road is the Church of the Holy Cross where, strangely enough, composer Chopin's heart is preserved in one of the pillars - Warsaw



poland3Buildings on Ul Krakowskie Przedmiescie, leading to the Old Town - Warsaw













poland6Standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Warsaw













poland11Radziwill Palace is the home of the Polish president - Warsaw



poland14Chopin's back in town - Warsaw



poland12A wall painting in the Jewish area of Warsaw














poland15Trying to find Pawiak Prison - Warsaw














poland20Pawiak Prison was a German Gestapo prison during the Nazi occupation. At least 30,000 prisoners died here - Warsaw



poland23The Warsaw Ghetto Monument commemorates the Poles' uprising against the Nazi occupation in 1943 - Warsaw



poland26Near the cental train station is the Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from the Soviet Union in the 1950s - Warsaw













poland35Back on Ul Krakowskie Przedmiescie, just outside the Old Town - Warsaw













poland29On the right is the 15th century St Anne's Church - Warsaw



poland58Looking down on Ul Krakowskie Przedmiescie from the tower of St Anne's Church - Warsaw



poland60Beyond the rooftops is the Vistula River - Warsaw













poland55The entrance to the Old Town is marked by the 13th century Royal Castle to the right of Castle Square - Warsaw













poland62The Sigismund III Vasa Monument stands in front of the Old Town - Warsaw



poland30Sigismund III Vasa stands in Castle Square, with the Royal Castle on the right - Warsaw



poland32Apologies that virtually every photo has at least 1 blob on it. I've since cleaned the lens - Warsaw












poland41The Old Town is a very picturesque area - Warsaw
















poland42Through the alleyways to St Martin's Church - Old Town, Warsaw



poland43St Martin's Church in the Old Town - Warsaw



poland44I think this is Ul Swietojanska in the Old Town - Warsaw













poland46The Old Town's Market Square is a lovely little square - Warsaw













poland50Shops and restaurants in the Market Square - Warsaw



poland51Frontages in the Old Town Market Square - Warsaw



poland54The Old Town was reconstructed following its destruction during World War II - Warsaw












poland63Lazienki Park (Royal Baths Park) is in the southern part of central Warsaw













poland64The 18th century Palace on the Water was the summer residence of the last king of Poland - Lazienki Park, Warsaw



poland66Above Ujazdow Park is Ujazdow Castle - Warsaw













poland67I thought I'd seen my last wooden houses back in Siberia - Warsaw













berlin2Passing Berlin's TV Tower on the train from Warsaw to the German capital



berlin3At the Berlin Hauptbahnhof station, waiting for the next train to Cologne and then on to Brussels. My proper Berlin photos.



brussels5I had an evening to while away in Brussels before I headed to London the following morning













brussels2And where else to go but the Grand Place? Brussels













brussels3The Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) on the Grand Place - Brussels. More of my Belgium photos.



brussels6The Manneken Pis is world famous, but this is the lesser known (and more recent) Jeanneke Pis, a female version - Brussels



stpancras1'The Meeting Place' statue stands beneath the St Pancras station clock - London












stpancras3Mission complete! North Korea to London by train.
Pyongyang, Dandong, Harbin, Chita, Ulan Ude, Yekaterinburg, St Petersburg, Minsk, Brest, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels, London.
And unfortunately straight to work..














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