Here's a little trip report from our long
weekend in Warsaw, Poland. Trish had decided to celebrate my 51st birthday
there, and since I hadn't been there for over 20 years, I thought it would
be a good idea, specially since Trish had to be there for business.
We flew in on Friday evening, and Trish's colleague from Polish Telecom
(TP) gave us a lift to the Marriott hotel. The Marriott hotel is right
in the center of the new town, in front of the Cultural Palace (a gift
from the Soviet Union to Poland).
The hotel is right on a square, with the above Cultural Palace and the
central railway station.
If you think that Warsaw is just an old city, forget it. It had been extensively
bombed during the 2nd World War, and rebuilt.
In fact, there were quite a lot of modern buildings. That white stuff is
Around the square is a small garden/park with some "strange"
trees in blossom.
There are a few "old fashion" buildings around, like this Hotel
Palace, but I learned not to judge quickly, since many are not old, but
actually quite new.
A colleague of Trish from TP came and picked us up on Saturday and brought
us around Warsaw. What better way to see Warsaw. Here's the Russian Embassy.
We were brought to a park with several monuments.
Inside the park was a beautiful "Chateau", which was being restored.
The Chateau is the Wilanowie Palace and is a museum.
The castle grounds could be visited, and looked quite extensive and pretty.
The castle itself was a "French" style chateau.
We were then driven to the old part of town. This part is on the hills.
Everything there looked old, but in fact was quite new, including the churches.
The houses in this part were often colored is nice colors.
The streets were still made out of cobblestones.
There is an "old" but new gate and fortified walls. All are new,
but with an old look.
Along the streets were many antique shops and art galleries.
The market place is the central point of the old town. It is a very large
square with buildings surrounding it.
Further up is another large square. This is where the royal palace is located
(more of that later on).
Here are some of the houses in that square.
The way around the old town is by horse and buggy (cars are not allowed
There are several churches in this old town.
That afternoon, we had lunch in this restaurant (RP Restauracja Polska
Tradycja). The food was very, very, good (we had goose leg) and not that
That evening, Trish and I ate at the market square in the old town in this
great restaurant (Fukiera).
That evening either the 3rd World War broke out, or they just started firing
fireworks over the Cultural palace. Trish lust have told them that I was
The following day, we visited the Royal Palace in the Old Town. This Palace
was totally destroyed during the 2nd World War, and with donations, they
rebuilt it from scratch. It's quite imposing to visit, since the restoration
Finally, we had a nice tea and coffee in a small shop with a food place
in the rear.
The trip was quite memorable, apart from the going back with Air France
playing its nasty, un-customer friendly, tricks. But the whole trip was
enjoyable, and Poland is a definite recommendation for a nice trip. Prices
are very decent, food is excellent and the people go out of their way to