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Help please - second hand books and socialist architecture??

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Help please - second hand books and socialist architecture??

Hi all

I am flying to Bydgoszcz tonight and would like to know if there are any good second hand bookshops in the town. I want to buy some kind of photo book from the 70's or 80's, with Bydgoszcz and any other Polish cities if possible.

Also I want to see if there is any typical "socialist" architecture from the 70's or 80's which we could visit and photograph, I mean things like concrete tower blocks, or any public buildings from that era. I love this architecture as it reminds me of my youth and growing up in the 70's.

I hope someone can help, many thanks.

Andy

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1. Re: Help please - second hand books and socialist architecture??

There are a few socialist pieces around the city centre. The train station is a good place to start (it will be pulled down in the next year or two).

The BWA art gallery is also an interesting building;

http://www.galeriabwa.bydgoszcz.pl/

You will find large apartment blocks in many neighborhoods just outside the centre, but must have been renovated and are quite colourful. There are still some unrenovated ones (and some of the largest) in the Bartodzieje district (take the 64 bus from the city centre).

I hope this helps!

Regards,

Jeffrey Dobek

Polrail Service

Bydgoszcz, Poland

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2. Re: Help please - second hand books and socialist architecture??

Hi Jeffrey

Many thanks for your advice, we had a really nice weekend in Bydgoszcz, even though it was very cold! The exhibition in the BWA Galeria was really great, and I have to say the food we had was some of the best I have eaten around Europe. I found an antiqvariat in the Stare Miasto but they never had the kind of books I was looking for, so I need to go back again to look further!

Thanks again for the advice.

Andy C

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