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I left Reading on 01/09/15 to begin my trip by train all the way to Beijing. Predictably the first train was 5 mins late, but I got to London in plenty of time. A quick tube journey across to St Pancras and then I caught the Eurostar.
In Brussels I had 2 hours to kill before my next train so time for a Geuze Belle-Vue followed by a Leffe Royale. A total of 5€ for cheap & tasty Belgium beers! Back on the train again for a trip to Cologne.
I had dinner ...
... up to commemorate those who died fighting the Nazi regime. It was rushed to be put up in July 1964 as the communists didn't want an association with the Warsaw Uprising of August 1944 and wanted it to commemorate all of the “Heroes” who fought and lost their lives. The communists considered the people from the 1944 uprising to be insurgents and not heroes, plus they didn't want people to think about Russia's involvement or lack thereof.
... cinnamon or honey.
For the ones with a sweet tooth there was a variety of Pancakes (apple, raspberry sauce and maple syrup) a variety of Waffles or French toast with orange marmalade.
From the Savory selection there was a Cheese and Meat selection. (Smoked salmon/ cottage cheese/chive) and Beef tenderloin / mushrooms/ Polish-style potatoes.
In all, the overall variety is plentiful, the service exceptional, not ...
... dedicated to the ghetto resistance fighters. Stopped for a blueberry Pierogie and relaxed for a few minutes. We then walked to the concert hall for our 4 PM private piano recital of Chopin Music. After the concert, we walked back to the hotel via the upscale Nowy Swiat street. Since some of the streets in Warsaw are very wide, you cross in underground passageways filled with little shops. lt ...
... parks. We stopped off at a small park and went to the Chopin statue to take pictures, then saw the Jewish uprising monument and museum where we also stopped and had a quick look at the museum, we then arrived at the old town where we got off the coach and walked to the market square. We walked around the square, learnt about the history and then the tour ended.
I then did a quick walk around the square, got some souvenirs, left the square ...