Seeing Warsaw in a New Light
It seems odd to think, but street lighting is quite a novelty for a city where you once had to carry a flashlight at night – even non-smokers used to carry matches in their pockets so that they could find the bus stop in the total darkness. Today, Warsaw is well-lit and friendly at night; the warm light of the streetlamps illuminates every corner.
Though I’m still sharing the road with a few other cars – it only falls completely silent between four and five in the morning – I point the car across each of the bridges for a look at these magnificent structures. It’s just light enough to admire the views, the twinkling of the city lights shimmering on the river like stars in the sky.
Particularly charming are two pylon bridges: the Świętokrzyski and the Siekierkowski, though those with artistic souls will likely be excited by the Poniatowskiego bridge. The eerie steel structures under its trestles, which are quite rare, make an incredible impression.
By the time I conclude this secret circuit of Warsaw, the sun is beginning to warm the streets, reminding me I’ve missed a night’s sleep. I don’t feel too bad though. As I head for home, I’m invigorated by the knowledge that this city that was once a tourist wasteland now offers something for everyone. Try it for yourself sometime. You won’t be disappointed.