Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Warsaw Weekend Trip

You know what makes an adventurous friend? One who is willing to hop to a new country with you and your newborn children! Our friend Cindy came to visit us and was more than willing to help my cabin fever and fly over to Warsaw for a few days.

The city was beautiful and rich with history and we had a fabulous few days exploring. We arrived late Saturday night and got going first thing Sunday morning with a walk over to Lazienki Park and Palace. We walked around the grounds listening to the history, visited the palace, watched the Warsaw Marathon runners go by, and listened to a beautiful concert in the park by the Chopin monument.

Afterward we made our way to the Palace of Culture and Science. We took a trip up 130 meters to the observation deck to see a fabulous overview of the city.

Then we headed to the Warsaw Uprising Museum. I foolishly didn't get any pictures at this museum, but I would highly recommend it when visiting Warsaw. They did a great job with the displays and information. They also had a 3D video showing the city of Warsaw flattened after it was bombed. It was incredible to think about how the destroyed the city was and rebuilt having just seen a bird's eye view from the Palace of Culture and Science.

We'd gotten a restaurant recommendation near the museum from a local we met on the bus. The restaurant was called Szynk Warszawski. Wow, oh wow. We set the bar way high with this gem. The food was absolutely incredible and while the rest of the food we had during our visit was good - none of it stood up to this restaurant. And the price can't be beat either - one beer, two soups, and three entrees for under $30, including tip. If it hadn't been a bit out of the way from the rest of the tourist sites, we would have gone back there.

The next day we headed to Old Town and caught a quick breakfast before doing a free walking tour. It was wonderful to walk around the area and hear the history from our guide. We did another loop afterwards and spent some time shopping, eating, and enjoying the beautiful weather!

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the city and leisurely making our way back to the apartment. We visited some hisotric churches, including the one where Chopin's heart is buried.

The next morning we headed home to get back to Jason and Madi (I was missing both of them!). It was a wonderful trip and the girls did amazing traveling and sightseeing Warsaw with me and Cindy.

Now on to the next adventure! :-)

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