I wish I knew that September was the rainy month for Poland. From the books I been reading it didn’t seem to be wet/rainy season and I was not expecting it to rain for 8 days in a row either. We made the best of it. The Hotel we were stay at “Ma Maison Regina” provided umbrella for us. In Poland and Czech Republic, there are churches (Catholic Church) in very neighborhood. Each is different and shows story of Christ. The Church’s Altar are beautiful, not like any thing you see in U.S. States unless you visit the old Churches in the Northeast or the Missions in California.
For example in Prague, we tried to attend St. Joseph Catholic “Kostel Sv. Josefa”, but it was closed for renovation, but two blocks away there was another Catholic celebrating the Mass in Italian “Church of the Holy Cross – Kostel sv. Kříže”, and two block from there was “Our Lady of the Snows”. At every Church we stopped at in Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague, we stop and said a prayer to peace.
In morning, we decided to have breakfast in New Town and walked through the Warsaw Barbican wall. Warsaw was destroyed by WWII (“City Of Ruins; Destroyed Warsaw-Poland In 1945”). By January 1945 85% of the buildings were destroyed: 25% as a result of the Uprising, 35% as a result of of systematic German actions after the uprising, and the rest as a result of the earlier Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the September 1939 campaign. So, all the builds you see in my blog were restored by the Polish people.
After breakfast we walked from Old Town to New Town and down the Royal Way. The Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto) is the oldest part of the capital city. It is bounded by the Wybrzeże Gdańskie, along with the bank of Vistula river, Grodzka, Mostowa and Podwale Streets. It is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Warsaw. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Place, rich in restaurants, cafés and shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, the Barbican and Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (Bazylika Archikatedralna pw. Męczeństwa św. Jana Chrzciciela).
We passed the WWII Memorial and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. We walked through count less Gardens and Churches on the way. We ate lunch at pub on the Royal Way and had traditional Polish lunch: pork, soup, cabbage, vodka and beer. On the way to Warsaw, Daniel sat need to gentleman named “Richard” on his way home from a business trip from Denver, Colorado. Daniel asked, what his best vodka to order, and he recommended “Zoladkowa Gorzka”. We found out one way to Warsaw the best vodka to order was “Zoladkowa Gorzka”. It’s not just any vodka, but a herbal vodka and very good. The beer in Poland was very good also. I actually like better than the American beers, even the craft brewed.
In the afternoon, we started taking Mass Transit to get around the city. The bus and tram are excellent ways to get around the city. We took a bus to downtown to see if we could find the Harley Davidson store in Warsaw (unfortunately we could not find), but we stop at the largest Mall in Center City and had sushi for dinner. On way downtown, we met a Evelyn and her daughter who now live in Warsaw and once lived in Wake Forest, NC. I was sure how the ticket machine worked and asked if any one spoke English and Evelyn spoke up. We found out that Daniel was lifeguard at her development on RT 98 in Wake County. It’s a small world. What are the chance of meeting some from Wake Forest that lived 10 miles from our house in Raleigh, NC.
Because it is Monday, all the museum are closed. We only have one day stay in Warsaw. Tomorrow we travel to Krakow. Over all Warsaw is worth a day or two stay. We can’t wait to come some day to visit museums that we missed. It is amazing after nearly being destroyed by the German in WWII, it being rebuilt. The people are wonderful and friendly. The city clean and very few homeless people on the street. One nice thing about traveling in September was that there wasn’t any crowds. I felt safe walking the streets at night.