Warsaw‘s Old Town (in Polish: Stare Miasto) is the oldest district in the city and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
The city, built around the castle, was surrounded by the city walls, of which remains the Barbican (defensive structure of the access to the historic center) and elements such as the square of the Royal Castle, the cathedral of Saint John and the church of the Our Lady Of Grace are just some of the attractions that can be found in this part of the city, located along a series of alleys and streets that maintain their characteristic appearance.
I have always been advised against going to Poland during the winter period due to the extreme cold, with temperature peaks down to -30°C, but I have always believed that it is a city to live exactly in that period and in fact, during a harsh January, I found myself facing an extreme climate with -22°C already in the early afternoon, heavy snowfall and strong wind.
My fingers went into hypothermia several times, turning into a very dark purple color preventing me from taking photographs. The camera, on the other hand, didn’t flinch and held up really well.
Forced to take shelter often in clubs and coffee shops with the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea or a hot chocolate, I was amazed at all those elderly people who in the city center, inside their stalls completely open to the extreme climate of the area, always carried on their business with the smile on the lips. But sometimes, resisting such temperatures for those who are not used to it (despite adequate clothing), is really complicated and a couple of balloons on the ground, almost terrified by the frost, make me understand that it is time to go back to the hotel before the night and temperatures drop further.