Last Polish Day

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Flag of Poland  , Central Poland,
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Our last full day in Poland as tomorrow we move backwards (in the only fly east genre) and move to Prague, Czech Republic. We wandered about the city of Warsaw, getting a late start again.  Problem with traveling with a computer, you always feel you have to check emails and such, especially when you are also trying to buy a house and are about 6 hours time difference from said house.

            Following the "Warsaw in your pocket" guide, we decided to hit a Tex-Mex restaurant for lunch.  Asking for directions from the bell captain, we decided it was a bit too far to walk and too many twists and turns from our hotel so took a cab.  The restaurant was Blue Cactus.  While it wasn't authentically Tex-Mex to two people who have lived for many years in Texas, it wasn’t horribly wrong.  There were a lot of people there holding a party though so we had to suffer through the kids popping the balloons off and on during our lunch

            As we had no idea where we were in relation to where we wanted to go, we asked the restaurant to get us a taxi and had the taxi take us back to the Palace of culture and science.  This is a huge old soviet built building that is probably the biggest building in Warsaw.  It’s also quite a gaudy affair.  One side has been given over to a cinema.  Not sure what is in the rest of the building but you can buy a ticket for the 30th floor viewing platform.  Quite some lovely views of Warsaw.  We could identify where we have wandered and could see the red roofs of the old town, the Royal Palace, the Church of the Holy Cross and more. 

            Decided we had time for one more museum so set off for the Ethnographic Museum which stays open until 5 on Saturdays.  There were having some sort of celebration and we got in for free.  This was a museum I really liked.  It wasn’t as large as the fine arts museum plus it had more interesting stuff.  A good collection of ethnic items from around the world and then also a good collection of Polish items as well, folk art and religious art and old tools and photographs.  It also encourages me that someday our daughter will be able to find a museum that will be happy to take all the various stuff that we have collected over the years.  Several of our friends have called our home a museum.

            Afterwards, we hit a microbrewery for my hubby to taste their wares.  He is a connoisseur of beer though and unfortunately the Polish brews have not been up to snuff for the most part.  Here’s hoping Czech beers are better.

            We’ve had a good time here.  Next time we will spend a lot more time in the country side as there are palaces and castles and landscapes and hiking.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the rebuilding of old towns so we’ll get out of the cities where they didn’t have to rebuild.
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