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Warsaw, Poland - Day One - Exploring Downtown and the Mall

Good Saturday morning from my Airbnb highrise apartment in Warsaw, Poland.

Time to explore Warsaw! This is st the bottom of my highrise apartment!

Today I got to explore Warsaw a little bit. Mostly downtown and the mall.

I was looking for a grocery store to get groceries for my Airbnb so I don't have to eat out much and save money and I love cooking! Looking on Google I found a grocery store called "Carrefour" the Express mini store was closer only like 1/2 a mile from my Airbnb I went in there and they had some items but not all that I was looking for. So, the "Carrefour" a mile from me looked like more of a mega store and I decided to go there. I reached my destination and I saw a sign for it on a big building but I didn't know what that big building was. I also reached a bus station I had to go through in order to find an entrance. It turned out the big building was a mall I got to explore. I miss how malls used to be in the USA and this mall seemed to be happening. It was already fully open at 8 and 9 am! As I stayed there, it got busier. Every storefront had an open store in it too! I really enjoyed being in there. It was a huge mall and I took many pictures and videos inside. It was surrounded by sky scrapers in downtown and the old part of Warsaw where skyscrapers were not destroyed during World War 2. I was happy I found a famous old building in downtown. Also, I found a Popeyes Chicken of all things I had my first meal at in Warsaw. I couldn't find the grocery store inside the mall, I knew it was in the basement and I eventually found it and got to get quite a few groceries in 2 bags. Their plastic bags were very thick I was not a afraid they'd break coming back. I got to walk through downtown two ways and two times and felt safe the whole time.

I got lost coming back! I went to a small restaurant to use the wifi to find my place again. Streets here have very Polish names and hard to pronounce. I took a picture of the sign of the street my apartment is on to never get lost again. 

Here are photos and videos of my experience today!

Third picture is a park across the street from my complex! Now onto the main street...

That last picture I believe is the metro (subway). in Ukrainian they call the Subway "Metro" too. I haven't been down there yet! There are several of these stations throughout downtown and they aren't an ugly eye sore!

The first picture on this row above is the outside of the mall and the last picture on this row is Polska Centralina (Poland Central) I found out is the main train station in town. The train station, bus station, a metro station and the Poland Casino are right by this mall and right across the street is the main square and old sky scrapers. I read and heard there's an area of downtown Warsaw where there are old buildings not destroyed during World War 2 and I found it! It's literally across the street from the mall, central train station, the bus station and the casino. This is all a mile from where I am staying!

 

The middle picture with the yellow roof above is the bus station right next to the mall!

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Greg Loucks at the bus station in downtown Warsaw, Poland

Greg Loucks going into the mall in Warsaw, Poland

Outside the mall. That's the glass windows inside the mall!

Giant revolving doors into the mall on picture 4 above!

Now inside the mall...

I love that glass ceiling you can see from the 3rd (+2) and 4th (+3) floor. There are skyscrapers in downtown all around! Just like in my Airbnb ground level is considered "0". So even though I'm on the 6th floor of my highrise apartment I think I'm really on the 7th floor. This confused me my first morning Saturday morning, I pushed "1" on the elevator and I was on the second floor! I had to go back on the elevator to go to "0" ground level! In this mall it's -1 basement, 0 ground level, +1 2nd floor, +2 3rd floor and +3 a small 4th floor where some restaurants/food court and the arcade are!

Here's the sink in the mall restroom. I thought it was interesting and weird. It's motion sensitive, it turns on waving your hand underneath and infront of it. Water comes out underneath like a typical faucet. But the sides are the airblower to blowdry your hands! And the whle fixture is in the middle of the floor you can walk o several sides to clean your hands on every side!

That second picture is across a balcony I can walk to from here. Closer inside the window it says "Lego" we think of as an American company but is actually Danish believe it or not!

I decided to walk in there! The store was called "Build & Play" in English! Not translated!

I thought the bathroom stall and toilets were interesting!

Most signs in the mall that are mall related were in Polish and English!

I was surprised Poland has a lottery and this kiosk was right inside the mall

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Greg Loucks inside the Warsaw, Poland Mall

Greg Loucks walking through the mall in Warsaw, Poland

Greg Loucks Going Up the Escalator in Warsaw, Poland Mall

Greg Loucks in Warsw Mall: "This Mall is Huge"

"Sweet Factory" in Warsaw Mall

"Sweet Factory" in Warsaw, Poland Mall, Sign "We Make Life Sweet"

"Popeyes Louisiana Chicken" in Warsaw, Poland

Eating at "Popeyes Chicken" in Warsaw, Poland 2

"Candy Pop" Candy Store in Warsaw, Poland

Ordering from the Popeye's Chicken Kiosk at the Warsaw Mall

Ordering from the "Popeyes Chicken" kiosk in Warsaw, Poland 2

Eating at "Popeyes Chicken" in Warsaw, Poland

How Big The Warsaw Mall Is!

How Big the Warsaw Mall is 2

Quite a Few American Companies in the Warsaw Mall

Big Electronics Store in Warsaw Mall

Home and You in Warsaw Mall 

Poland is a Slavic Country Like Ukraine

Going Up to the 4th Floor in the Warsaw Mall

KFC and Subway in Warsaw Mall

Arcade in Warsaw Mall

Glass Roof/Ceiling Warsaw Mall

Berlin Restaurant in Warsaw Mall

I Really Like the Warsaw Mall

Arcade Right by McDonalds Warsaw Mall

"We Run Warsaw", Warsaw Mall

Home Store in Warsaw Mall

New Balance Store Warsaw Mall

Polish Shoe Store Warsaw Mall

Lego Toy Store Warsaw Mall

Build & Play Toy Store Warsaw Mall

Mall is in Downtown Warsaw, Poland

English Signs in Warsaw Mall

T-Mobile Store Warsaw Mall

H&M Warsaw Mall

Medicine Clothing Store Warsaw Mall

Can You Guys Guess What Store is in the Warsaw Mall?

Levi's Store Warsaw Mall

Bookstore Warsaw Mall

Sephore Store Warsaw Mall

Victoria's Secret Warsaw Mall

English Sign Warsaw Mall

Photo Booth Warsaw Mall

Glasses Store Warsaw Mall

Bath & Body Works Warsaw Mall

Pharmacy (Apteka) Warsaw Mall

Revolving Doors Warsaw Mall

Just outside the mall!

I knew what a famous bulding in Warsaw looked like. One of the old buildings that remained standing in a small area of downtown where pre-World War 2 buildings remained standing! (Alot of downtown was destroyed, so most of downtown Warsaw is more modern but I knew there was this area of downtown and this building that was never destroyed during World War 2! And I couldn't believe when I stepped outside of another exit of the mall there it was.

The reality of where I was finally sunk in! Because Warsaw is mostly a modern city I felt like I was in the United States in a lot of ways other than the language barrier!

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Famous Warsaw Building Warsaw Poland

Old Buildings Downtown Warsaw, Poland

Famous Square/Building Downtown Warsaw, Poland 

Parking Garage Warsaw Mall

Outside Warsaw Mall

Hardrock Cafe Warsaw Mall

Big Skyscraper Outside Warsaw Mall

Outside Warsaw Mall 3

Outside Warsaw Mall 4

Warsaw Mall Revolving Doors

Glass Ceiling Window Warsaw Mall

Bus Station Outside Warsaw Mall

Below Ground Warsaw Mall 1

Below Ground Warsaw Mall 2

Outide the mall on the otherside where I came from!

Poland Central Station (foreground) right next to the bus station and mall!

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Square Downtown Warsaw, Poland

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Bus Station Outside Warsaw Mall

Train Station Warsaw, Poland

Casino, Train Station, Bus Station, Mall - Warsaw Poland

Above: more the side of the mall I came from heading back to my Airbnb!

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Downtown Warsaw, Poland 1

Downtown Warsaw, Poland 2

Downtown Warsaw, Poland 3

Downtown Warsaw, Poland 4

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Park Outside My Airbnb Warsaw, Poland

My Airbnb Highrise Warsaw, Poland

Park Outside My Airbnb Highrise Warsaw, Poland

Westin Hotel Outside My Airbnb Highrise

 

I believe that third picture above is to the "Metro" (Subway) too!

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Crosswalk Warsaw, Poland 1

Sidewalk Warsaw, Poland 1

Sidewalk Warsaw, Poland 2

Tram Warsaw, Poland

Crosswalk Warsaw, Poland 2

Crosswalk Warsaw, Poland 3

Crosswalk Warsaw, Poland 4

Organic Market Warsaw, Poland 1

Organic Market Warsaw, Poland 2

Barbershop Downtown Warsaw, Poland

Subway Tunnel Downtown Warsaw, Poland

Grocery Store Warsaw, Poland 1

I found the grocery store and most of it was self checkout! Not easy when it's in Polish! lol

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