Summertime in Katowice
Today after our Missionary District Meeting with our Elders and Sisters we had some errands to run around the city. When we arrived last January the city was pretty bleak looking, as most cities around here look in those cold, gray months of winter in Poland. But summertime brings a whole new look to Katowice, in spite of all the construction that is going on in the city center where we live. We had to get some pictures of the sights we saw today as we walked the streets viewing the charm of some of the promenades. When the renovation taking place here is completed, Katowice will have a fresh, new look.
At the end of one of the promenade walkways in Katowice stands one of the most beautiful churches in the city.
Looking the opposite direction from the church is one of the sidewalk cafe centers in the city. In the warm summer evenings, the tables are filled with people enjoying the weather and their friends.
The new mall, which will be connected to the new train station, will be completed sometime in the fall. The train station, on the left, seems dwarfed next to the mall, but it is quite large and beautiful on the inside. The windows of the mall artistically reflect the buildings which are across the street from the building. The renovation in the city is a major undertaking and will be completed in three or four years. Everything around our apartment building is completely torn up at this point in time.
Looking down the street from the train station is another sidewalk cafe area. In the center of the picture is a young woman who had on a horse costume and was passing out flyers advertising a certain business in the city.
The frog in this little fountain on the walkway doesn’t seem to mind the emerald green water. The weather is so hot that it’s hard to keep the algae from growing in the little ponds around here. This is the spot where we usually see long-haired youth with their guitars sitting on the edge of the pool serenading the passers-by. But today they were elsewhere.
We got so hot that we had to stop for a refreshing drink at this “sidewalk orange”. We then went to a table on the promenade and sat for a bit enjoying our fresh orange drink along with the people of the city as they went to and fro. We love this city and have truly enjoyed our 8 months here.
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