I’m terribly behind on posts! But I wanted to share the pictures… of our family’s trip last August! So my mom and I met up, with my dad and my crazy brother in Poland- a week after my mom’s trip to Kiev. My crazy dad ‘the planner’ of our family arranged for 4 days of traveling around Poland and then, Prague for another 4 days.
Warsaw was the first place we visited.
We spent 2 days there. (One day recovering from the jet lag. My poor Dad and my crazy brother arrived a day after travel minus their baggage)
After being away from home for nearly a year- it was nice to see my dad and my brother (two of my favorite people in the world and some seriously great comic relief-when you need it).
We spent our first night in Poland- like any other crazy Polish American family would… in search of food!
It quickly become our favorite restaurant in Warsaw.(We ate there three times during our stay in Warsaw.)
And a surprisingly cozy restaurant in a capital city- they even had a cute play area for kids and a stage where live folk music is played on certain days.
Folk Gospoda also has great portion sizes too and the best pierogis we ate while we were in Poland(I wish I had photos of them but dad and my brother ate them before I had the chance to take a photo ;))
My family decided to visit Warsaw- just so we could see the Polish Uprising Museum. So on our second day, we headed straight there…
It was one of the better museums I’ve visited in Europe and pretty inspiring–although a little packed.(We went on a Sunday- when the museum is free).
The best part of the museum is taking the elevator up to the observation deck- to see what remains of the Warsaw skyline from the Second World War…
Shocking is an understatement… Warsaw really was obliterated during World War Two.
Yet somehow, managed to recover…
And be renewed.
There’s a lot of dark history associated with Poland. But, I wish people would associate Poland more with a sense of incurable optismism.
Poland is pretty inspiring… when you think about it.
For a country that’s been through multiple invasions and wars…
Seen the worst of humanity and had to recover from scratch.
Yet, somehow managed to keep some of that identity and idealism… that tomorrow will be better than today.
It’s really remarkable.
Not to mention beautiful to see…
And Warsaw– just may be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe that you never hear about…
Poland can definitely eliminate your notions and expectations of what Eastern Europe- is.
I was surprised at how much I felt the ‘artisan’ feel that I associate with Western Europe in Poland.
And it’s truly a traveler’s/bargain hunter’s paradise(Poland is a non-Euro country and has pretty decent prices).
My family also visited a castle in Old Town… getting cheap headsets and going on a ‘self-lead’ tour. Despite having lost so much, during World War Two- the Poles have tried to restore what they can…
And they’ve done a pretty fabulous job if you ask me 🙂
And yes- Warsaw even has, sidewalk cafes just like the ones you imagine in Paris! (I actually thought they were even better than the ones we visited when our family went to France! Less pricey and less crowded too…)
(Poland also has the cutest cups of coffee if you ask me).
And there are always places you can find to take a ‘pierogi’ break.
My family wasn’t sure if we should visit Warsaw. Since most of Warsaw was destroyed during the second world war(we weren’t sure if there would be anything interesting or historical to see).
We wrong though, Warsaw is beautiful and interesting… although not as well preserved as Krakow. It still has a hidden beauty that few people know about. It’s definitely worth checking out.
My family wanted to visit Poland for 2 reasons 1.)it’s close to Ukraine (where I’m stationed in the Peace Corps.) and 2.) because our family is Polish.
So it really was a unique cultural opportunity for us… to see where our ancestors came from and to experience Poland. I’m pretty lucky- that my parents let me squeeze in some free travel from them 🙂 Warsaw was nothing short of amazing! After 2 days in Warsaw we headed to Krakow! (More on that later ;))