Trip Start Jul 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Bristol Hotel Warsaw Poland

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Tomorrow we will be off on our great adventure. During the last few days, we packed all but the last-minute items.  I won two tickets to see a Mets game and we went in spite of our better sensibilities telling us we are not quite ready for Poland. I have attached the poster for my art show in Poland. I hope you can read Polish...

I will be writing most of the travel blog. This means that the spelling will be interesting and imaginative. For all of those former teachers -  this should be red pencil paradise!  

Our trip has 3 parts
1.  My art exhibit and presentation - which has become an event in itself
2. "Roots tours" through Poland, Belarus and Lithuania
3. Paris and a river cruise down the Saone and Rhone rivers.

--- Bill

July 3   Wednesday      FLIGHT: NY > PARIS en route to WARSAW

We started our trip by saying our goodbyes to our friends.  One of our friends, Renee Greer, took a photo of us in the lobby and ---- We are off!!!  After the "photo op", we loaded the car and headed to JFK by way of Tommy in Merrick for Elaine to get a haircut. She looks absolutely fantastic -  and I'm not just saying this because I am having a glass of wine in the Delta lounge. At last, it seems all of our hard work, especially Elaine's, is coming to fruition. 
Of course, nothing ever goes exactly as planned….

July 4    Thursday     FLIGHT: PARIS > WARSAW

Because our flight from NY to Paris was delayed for 2 hours, we barely made our connecting flight for Warsaw.  When we arrived in Warsaw, our pre-paid car service was not there. Apparently, the transfer company’s driver did not check the flight status of our plane and arrived at the airport two hours before we did. We then took an airport cab to our hotel, The Bristol, a wonderful landmark hotel along the Royal Route in Warsaw. After a short rest, we went walking to Old Town and had dinner. Finally relaxing - just Old Folks in Old Town. There, we sat in the beautiful square, perfectly reproduced to appear the way it was before its total devastation of World War II, with so many people enjoying a lovely summer evening. In the center of the square, was a statue of a Mermaid, the symbol of Warsaw, which we will surely revisit and enjoy again later in our tour. 

Tomorrow we will be picked up at 9 AM by our host in eastern Poland, Tomek Wiesnewski, an award- winning filmmaker and owner/curator of an art gallery in Mikalowo. We look forward to touring with him along the route from Warsaw to Bialystok, where we will be staying. Of course, the much anticipated highlight will be on Sunday, the day of my art exhibit and presentation, now renamed  "A Day of Jewish Culture".
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phil h on

it is a art Show not a art shoe Good luck, safe trip

gae and michael Leder on

Enjoy your trip. Be safe.

Donald Goldmacher on

Mazel tov to you Billy. I hope you guys have a great time and give a full report back when you return, as well as blogs while you are there.

Bunny on

I will be following your travel blog. Have a great time. Knock em dead Bill.

Patti McCully on

Super, I love the blog...I like keeping everyone in the sound excited and that is great...later...Patti


We knew you guys could do it!!!! Have a great trip and take amazing pictures.

Yitzchak Meir on

Knowing Bill, I'm sure that " shoe" as in "really big shoe" is what he meant to write. Which pant length has Elaine decided to go with?

J.Brener on

Great pictures and informative following you on your trip!!

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