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Travel Photos- Warsaw, Poland

I know, I’ve been back for almost a week and I’m only putting these up now!  Slightly delayed, but I haven’t forgotten.

Some factoids to start off the post: Warsaw (in Polish, it’s Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and the largest city in the country.  During World War II, Warsaw was destroyed and had to be rebuilt, so many of the architecture is much younger than other cities in Poland (ex: Krakow).  Some of the historical buildings have been reconstructed, however, many structures are from the Cold War era.

This was the view from my hotel room, but here’s a better picture of the tallest building in the city:

This is the Palace of Culture and Science, the Soviet Union built this building in the mid-1950’s.  Currently, it’s a convention center, and holds offices, cinemas, theaters and museums.

This is Warsaw’s Old Town, which has been reconstructed after WWII.  The orange building is the Royal Castle and the tower to the left is the Sigismund’s Column.

This is the Market Square, which looks very bare without the Christmas Market- when I was here about a year ago!  The current buildings were reconstructed during the late 40’s and early 50’s, as they looked in the 17th century.

I also took a longer (and much colder) walk to the Royal Baths Park (Łazienki Park).

Walked past the Chopin Monument to Łazienki Palace.

It was wonderful, although very cold!  While I was there, it was -8ºC!  Brrr!  In the summer, this park will have wonderful green colors- perfect for a nice run.  Next time?

To end my trip to Warsaw, I stopped by the Warsaw Uprising Museum.  It’s a historical museum (opened in 2004) dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.  In the fall of 1944 the Polish Resistance Army was fighting to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.  If any of you ever get a chance to stop by, please do.  Although the topic is not particularly happy, it does show a part of history which many of us don’t hear about.

I did get a chance to see a 3D movie which is shown there, illustrating Warsaw after the uprising, and bombing, of the city.  Check out this video.

This is a food blog, so if you’d like to know what kind of food I had it Warsaw, check out this post.

Travel & food- Warsaw

I’m currently on a work trip, and still have a couple more days to go until I can sleep in my own bed.  Until then, I’m living off restaurant dinners, airport snacks and cafes.  Just thought I’d show you guys what I’ve been up to ’till now!

During my layover in Munich, I had this great sandwich from Dallmayr Cafe.  It’s a family-owned company which began as a small grocery store.  The bread was delicious- very fresh, and I loved the flax and sunflower seeds.

It was simple sandwich, but very tasty.

Of course after a long flight, a cappuccino was needed!

I’ve spent the last couple of days in Warsaw.  Remember when I was here in December 2010?  Well, I’m visiting this city again.  Between some work appointments, I did get out to try some places in the city:

Some espresso is definitely needed for the jet lag!

I stopped at a cafe for some tea and tiramisu.  It was great to enjoy some time while warming myself up- today it was -8ºC!  Brrrrr!

Although this beef tartar wasn’t as cute looking as the one we got in Vienna, it was just as delicious!  It came with onions, pickles and pickled mushrooms.  My favorite was the alfalfa with the tartar, a great addition.

Lastly, I had this fantastic, and gorgeous, soup at La Bodega.  It was a creamy potato and vegetable soup, with a piece of fresh salmon (the pinkish little blob in the middle).  The soup was hot, and cooked the raw salmon.  It’s also a wine bar, with some tasty Spanish wines, so if you pass it- stop in.

I wish I could have taken more pictures of the food that I have eaten.  But when you meet new co-workers, especially on the other side of the world, I’m not sure if they’d feel the same about the photo-taking!  =)

More to follow in a couple of days…