Ok..this was purely a last minute decision! With the long Memorial Day Weekend here in the States, what better time to take a few days and revisit one of my favorite Cities?;-) Managed to get a great breakfast included deal via Starwood at the Bristol Meridien..booked my direct flight tickets on LOT r/t out of EWR.. and off I went;-)
LOT has a great late night flight out of EWR that departs around midnight arriving Warsaw around 2 in the afternoon..perfect;-) It's been a few years since I've been to Warsaw and was amazed at the marvelous, new and convenient terminal! I don't speak Polish..but can get by having had numerous trips to the Country under my belt as well as a 3-month stint back in the 90's..and this time around found lots more folks speaking English..although I always enjoy tossing in my Polish ' thank you' and 'please' at every opportunity..and it was always appreciated;-)
Pretty lagged and excited at the same time..found my way past the touts and made it to the cab line! How wonderful to see the pedestrianized area at the Bristol leading to the Old Town! I told you it's been a while..lol! The weather was absolutely perfect this weekend..the sun was out..along with throngs of folks taking in my favorite part of Town..the Old Town! It was almost like there was music everywhere..from Street musicians to full bands..the aura was vibrant..and happy;-)
I of course enjoyed taking in some fabulous food..my faves being red borscht and pierogies..don't know if I like the Russian potato and cheese or the cabbage/mushroom ones better;-) Here in the NYC area, there's a neighborhood called Greenpoint where you can find anything/everythig Polish..but like anywhere, nothing like eating food IN the Country made with local ingredients..I was totally into each and every slurp and bite;-)
One thing I did notice..and I don't know how I avoided it..kept telling myself I have to try that 'tomorrow'..these snack places serving what looked like a waffle totally smothered/topped with whip cream! It looked amazing and there were folks lined up to get these everywhere they were served! OK..next time I'll indulge;-)
Totally being into Greece, I love the coffee culture..outdoor scene.. sitting and doing some people watching..the pedestrianized stretch there offered some of the very best! And just to note..most of my previous trips were off season in Winter so didn't get much of an opportunity to sit outside..this was a treat with the magnificent weather;-)
I didn't really meandor about much..I stuck to what I knew from past adventures that made me happy for the few days I was there;-) This was more an 'easygoing' kinda getaway for me..no stress to take in much..just a long weekend break to reflect and relax! I managed to do both..and another great first..the outdoor inner courtyard/garden at the Meridien was open and serving breakfast there..now that was really nice..especially being a smoker (don't yell ;-) nothing like lighting up with your morning coffee;-) The spread at the Bristol has always been one of my favorites..and couldn't get enough of the smoked trout, mackarel.. which I totally indulged in every breakfast with some of the best bread I've ever eaten..I wish I could buy some loaves and just brings them home with me;-)) The brown bread(s).. they had a variety..were absolutely mouthwatering!!
Anyway, I got some great, typical/standard souvvie shopping done in the Old Town.. you know, the regular 'little things' that make for great gifts as well.. everything from magnets to babushka key chains! I did, though, manage to nail some beautiful crystal wine glasses..all 6 made it home in one piece in my hand luggage.. gratefully;-)
One huge change I noticed on my flight home..I could buy DF items I wasn't allowed before flying back to NYC! I usually stock up on after tanning lotions (I'm a beach bum at heart!) and was so glad I could now purchase the larger quantities..always difficult to even find them in the small allowable quantity!! And no tagging the bag to pick up at gate..they just put the purchases in a bag..no taping or sealing..and handed it to me..piece of cake;-)
I got to totally take in the last day since the flight back home wasn't till 5:30p..so had a great morning/early afternoon wandering around.again passing that 'waffle' place and telling myself..last chance girl..lol!! Oh well, like I said..next time;-) Opted for a glass of wine at a wonderful outdoor place right next to the Kino something movie house there on the 'zone';-) Had a great flight home taking about 8.5 hours..and most important..great new memories and experiences and so thankful I made the choice and went for it.. last minute! I oftentimes find it's those impromptu choices that make for the best adventures;-)
Thanks to all the wonderful DEs and regular (and non regular for that matter!) contributors here for all the wonderful insight and info.. I don't regularly post here..you'll usually find me over in the 'Greece Forum'..but do stay tuned reading here and just wanted to share this with all of you! And for those of you even considering a great long 'weekend' getaway..although it's a distance for sure (at least from here in the States, there are offers to Paris, London, etc..) don't dismiss Warsaw! It's an amazing City that has loads to offer.. and the history to go with it;-)
Oh well! This is longer than I thought it would be..lol!! The report, unlike the trip..is not too short;-)) Enjoy all!