More Chows invade Poland

Trip Start Nov 16, 2010
Trip End Jul 17, 2013

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Flag of Poland  , Masovian Voivodeship,
Monday, April 18, 2011

After waking up in the early hours to watch an exciting Game 3 of the Canucks playoffs, we went back to bed and then woke up (again) to head to the airport to pick up my mum and brother Daniel! We finally took the 175 bus from start to finish, taking us on a new route through Warsaw on a beautiful sunny day (jandal weather has arrived!). Interesting to be back at the airport for the first time since we arrived into Warsaw! Can't believe it’s already been 5 months. Since we only took 10 minutes to clear customs when we arrived, we didn’t know what to expect with a few more planes arriving... little did we expect to be waiting for almost 90 minutes. Apparently there was only 1 agent working, and their bags were the 2nd last to arrive – guess that’s what happens when there are a few more tourists arriving. Alas, they made it through in one piece, and we hopped in a cab and made our way back to the flat.

After giving them a chance to settle in, show them a few bits of neighbourhood from our window, and of course, going through all the goodies that they brought along for us (yes, Cheese Whiz for me and Frank’s Hot Sauce for Cam), we went for a wander through the 'hood. We walked along the old walls and then took them to Pierogarria for an early tea – for Pierogis of course! They had their first experience with the many different varieties and cooking methods. Then we wandered back to the flat and let them rest from a long day of travel.

Tuesday – Another beautiful sunny day in the city! Took it easy today, as wasn’t sure what kind of jet-lag may set in, so we walked from the Old Town along the Royal Route. We stopped for lunch at Browarmia, a local microbrewery which we had been meaning to try, and stumble upon Happy Hour! A pleasant surprise to try a few brews. Then we kept walking along Nowy Swiat, and then caught the bus at the end to go along a few stops to Lazienki Park (another place we have been meaning to visit!). A fantastic sunny day indeed to explore these grounds – from the Chopin statue, to the Palace on the Water, to the peacocks roaming the grounds and the crazy looking red squirrels that definitely keep Cam and the camera occupied! A gorgeous park and we only scratched the surface of it walking for a couple hours. We made our way back home, just in time for some afternoon naps. Another local pierogi favrourite tonight at Zapiecek, our local just 50m down the road! Daniel was brave enough to try the Grzane Piwo (hot beer)... glad to have my brother along to act as a guinea pig ;)

Wednesday – Today was another sunny day in Warszawa, and we made our way back to Nowy Swiat and a sushi place my brother wanted to try – why not try the local specialties like duck sushi? This place is actually decent sushi, and a pleasant find by us a few weeks ago. Then we hopped on a bus and went across town to the Warsaw Rising Museum – a great local museum about the Warsaw Uprising that occurred on August 1st, 1944, and what happened leading up to the rising, during and afterwards. We had visited this museum during Christmas, but we went again because it really gives a good idea of just what the city (and country) has been through! Excellent for all visitors and even for us to see even more than we did the first time – still mind-boggling and humbling. Afterwards we jumped on the tram and went towards the centre to Zlote Terasy (a mall). We went round a few shops, including Carrefour so they could pick up a few more local things to try. Headed home on the bus and then grabbed tea at Bellini, a great lil’ Italian/Polish place just 20m from our flat :D
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Hooray for the Chows! And Pierogarria is a great name.

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