This is a bit more of a personal post for me, maybe it’s my 30s or something, but I have been getting a bit more nostalgic of my youth in Poland, the tv shows/films/music (yes, spent tons of time on youtube recently) and of course my estate – Piastowskie – itself (in Lublin) – where I grew up for 10 years.
Here’s a video of the lovely fountain in the middle of Piastowskie in April
As estates come, Piastowskie Estate is beautifully green, almost totally pedestrianised (and it’s not exactly a small area) – containing numberous blocks (i’ve counted 31), one main playground in the centre, one small playground for every 2 blocks, a few parades of shops, a doctors surgery and of course a good few pharmacies (they’re pretty much on every cordner!).
These chess board concrete tables used to be in many places all over Lublin but (probably due to their state) have been removed more and more. I do remember them from my childhood though as quite a fun place to go and play draughts on in the fresh air!
These funny sculptures provided us with hours of fun in my childhood (yep, they did!) – we used to imagine them as horses and climb through the middle of them (when we were a lot smaller!).
And here’s where we used to, and still do our shopping – the classic Polish parade of shops – 1 grocery shop, 1 butchers (who also does all groceries, alcohol and all manner of meats and fresh cakes) and a pharmacy (which in the 80s used to be a general hardware store with kitchen/home items and cleaning products :)). How things change – now, you will find all these shops as departments at the local Leclerc supermarket (yep, we have a couple super/hypermarkets in Lublin – really good ones too!).
Here’s a nice photo of the fountain in full action – isnt it beautiful in the sunshine!
– when we were young, we used to climb up to the top where the ‘waterfall’ was and sit in there with our feet to cool off from the hot summer. When we were feeling brave, we’d also climb on the rocks of the fountain itself and walk to the middle of it (when the water level wasnt too high). Not to mention the boats that we’d make and put on the water. You can see how it could provide hours of fun!
For contrast, here’s an image of the Piastowskie fountain in the snow – still the focal point of the estate 🙂
Hope you enjoyed a bit of my reminiscing on Poland 🙂
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