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W Oparach Absurdu

W Oparach Absurdu

Going Out 1 September 2015 0

Hidden under Persian rugs, velvety drapes and reclaimed antiques, some still refer to it as The Spider Bar in reference to the giant tarantula that once hung from the wall. There’s an air of louche 60s living here, and it gets weirder when bands with names like the Bum...
Weekend Break: Reszel

Weekend Break: Reszel

Blog 16 August 2015 0

It’s hard not to feel thrilled arriving in Reszel – hidden deep in the thick of Poland’s lake district, this spooky red brick castle comes balanced on a rocky outcrop, looming menacingly over the pocket-sized old town. Scrambling up a steep cobbled drive, cars sputter through a medieval gateway,...
Czuły Barbarzyńca
A Parisian-style bookstore full of steps and wobbles, nooks and alcoves. All agree there’s something special here: maybe it’s the book selection – varied, esoteric and at once compelling. Or maybe it’s the atmosphere, such that browsers anchor themselves on the sofas to lose an afternoon with their nose...
In The Red
For the definitive blast to the past, a visit to the Museum of Life Under Communism has become an essential part of any cultural itinerary… (Text: Alex Webber | Photos: Ed Wight) Traditionalists shudder: with their clever marketing and CGI gimmicks, Warsaw’s top museums have the slick, polished feel...
The Rust is History
Thirty kilometers from Warsaw lies a graveyard with a difference: a weird world of disintegrating cars… (Text: Alex Webber | Photos: Ed Wight) Where do cars go when they die? Well, there is no heaven for machines, but there is Grodzisk Mazowiecki, a sleepy little town southwest of Warsaw. It’s...
2014: A Space Odyssey

2014: A Space Odyssey

Features 15 November 2014 0

The Insider journeys to Nałęczów, Poland’s favorite retirement home, and finds that all is not what it seems… (Text: Alex Webber | Photos: Ed Wight) Of all the fantastic reasons to visit Nałęczów I can think of one: for the edge-of-the-world experience that is W Drzewach, a treetop dwelling right from...
Branching Out

Branching Out

FeaturesLeisure 5 November 2014 0

No longer is Nałęczów ‘just for the old people’, and Poland’s trendiest hotel is ample proof. The Insider takes a look at the village in the sky… (By Alex Webber | Photos Ed Wight)  Antelope in Poland? Don’t be stupid. I am though, which is why I’ve just suggested...
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Not even the world’s biggest Jesus draws the tourists to Świebodzin county – and they don’t know what they’re missing… The Insider discovers Poland’s best kept secret. (By Alex Webber | Photos Ed Wight)  That Tesco over there is a piece of history – go on, have guess when...
Sen Pszczoły

Sen Pszczoły

Going Out 13 July 2014 0

Famous, infamous or a bit of both? Moving from their temporary digs in the Koneser Factory, the new-look Sen Pszczoły is every bit as murky as the previous: amid a heavy industrial background, find partygoers enjoying a mixed bag of events that range from didgeridoo performances to full-on techno...
A River Runs Through It
The Wisła isn’t just an ugly brown thing that splits Warsaw in half: head down it and you’ll find it flanked with secrets both open and hidden. (By Alex Webber | Photos Ed Wight)  “Stop! Stop right now!!” I’m usually quite reserved when sat in the passenger seat, but...

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