Beauty in Decay: Windows of Praga

My blogging sister Vivi has posted today about wandering around a couple of streets in the quarter of Warsaw that was used as a film location for Roman Polanski’s award-winning film “The Pianist” from 2002, and Jo has expressed an interest in seeing some of my images….. so here are a few windows.

Owing to the heat, I didn’t take a lot of images, but here is a small slideshow. Earlier I posted three images in seperate posts, and there might be just one more.

I could have spent a lot more time here, but the heat didn’t allow me to…37C is way too hot.

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  1. I saw The Pianist, and wondered if they were sets, or a real place. Now I know.
    Perfect examples of decay, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Sue, a fantastic slide show .. we seems to have the eye for the same object in different angles.

  3. These are superb photos, as usual – a real portrait of ul Mała through its windows. Curse that heat – it deprived us of many photographic treasures.

    Hello Pete. Apparently they had to screen out a bit of modernity in making the film, although if you know where to look bullet holes from the war are still visible, according to my source. (Meg who was with Sue that day)

  4. A lovely sideshow, Sue. If I get back to Warsaw, I must have a look around this area.
    Have a good weekend!

  5. Thank you for this lovely slideshow and bringing this place nearer to us, Sue.
    Wishing you a great weekend,
    Dina & co

  6. Thank you for the ‘nudge’, Sue 🙂 My favourites are the one with the bike and the one where the windows appear blue (though I don’t think they are 🙂 ) but I do like them all. I agree- 37C led to my downfall too 🙂

  7. Great series, Sue! It’s amazing how decay can look so good. This is what is called “elegant decay!”

  8. Suzanne

    These are gorgeous. They almost look like watercolours.

  9. Well you know I’m going to love them, especially the ones with a touch of colour!

  10. I like these. I always have time to look at window pictures!

  11. These are great photographs, obviously – a genuine representation of ul Mała through its windows.
    I saw The Pianist, and thought about whether they were sets, or a genuine spot.
    Presently I know the ideal case of rot, Sue.

  12. Lovely windows all of them and strangely remind me of similar windows in Venice and Lisbon. The dilapidation, the balconies, the bike and the flowers. Somehow I always thought of eastern European architecture as more austere.

  13. So photogenic, Sue. Lovely set. 🙂

  14. Really lovely Sue! 🙂

  15. Aah, love every single one Sue! They make me wish I was wandering those streets with you and Viveka 🙂

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  17. A wonderful window display, Sue. Like the pink bike balcony below the more baroque balcony. What a shame it was so hot.

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