Poland 2012: Table of Contents

Here’s a Table of Contents for our 2012 trip to Poland. Warsaw, Day 1 Warsaw, Day 2 – Palace of Culture, Łazienki Park Warsaw, Day 3 – all around town Warsaw, Day 4 – Royal Palace and Old Town Warsaw, Day 5 – Jewish Heritage Tour and more Old Town Warsaw, Day 6 – Zelazowa Wola, Chopin’s birthplace Warsaw, Day … Continue Reading →


Warsaw – the loot!

I forgot to post about all the cool stuff I picked up in Poland. I’ll confess that I do love to buy souvenirs – something to say I went to that country or place. Sometimes postcards suffice. But since Poland is known for amber, I wanted something amber. And also there were nesting dolls everywhere, and I have a small … Continue Reading →


Krakow, Day 8, part 3 – Wieliczka Salt Mine

After our morning in Krakow and 2 hour lunch, we headed off on buses to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is just outside of Krakow. It was built in the 13th century and table salt came from it as late as 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieliczka_Salt_Mine We started our trip into the mine by descending some 378 steps. :-/ Fortunately the railings were … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 7, Wilanow Palace, Part 2

Back outside the Wilanow Palace:


Warsaw, Day 7, Wilanow Palace, part 1

Wilanow Palace (pronounced, roughly, Vilanov) is in the south part of Warsaw. It’s a Baraoque 17th century palace and is perhaps most famous for being built and used by the King Jan Sobieski. You’ll also be happy to know it survived WWII. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilan%C3%B3w_Palace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_III_Sobieski http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Casimire_Louise_de_la_Grange_d%27Arquien His wife, Maria, was a lady who had been a lady-in-waiting to a previous queen. … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 6 – Zelazowa Wola, Chopin’s birthplace

On Thursday, we headed out to the Polish countryside to Zelazowa Wola, the estate where Chopin was born. His father lived in a smallish house there, and he was a French tutor. They were only there for a year more or less before they moved to Warsaw, though they remained friends with the estate owners. Chopin would walk the grounds … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 5 – Jewish Heritage Tour and more Old Town

Wednesday morning was the Jewish Heritage Tour. I think it could have been really awesome, but it ended up not really being so much. Our tour guide wasn’t very good. She had a tendency to talk A LOT but not take us very many places. Also, her English… it was fine, but she literally said “um” or “uh” between every … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 4 – Royal Palace and Old Town

The day started out once more at the Polytechnika: From which a bus took us over to the Royal Palace in Old Town. Here is the inner courtyard of the palace, which you can’t see from the outside.


Warsaw, Day 3 – all around town

Late Monday morning I went on a “Warsaw Orientation” tour. We drove around Warsaw in a bus and then walked around Old Town. It was indeed a useful over of Warsaw, so mostly it seemed like I was taking pictures of buildings I would never remember later. But after a week of seeing the same buildings, I think I now … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 2 – Palace of Culture, Łazienki Park

Sunday was Doug’s free day so we did some wandering around Warsaw. We went to the observation deck at the Palace of Culture and Science and then to Łazienki Park (pronounced closer to Washinski). As further proof that they take their Chopin seriously in Warsaw, here’s the “zebra crossing” or crosswalk right across from the Palace of Culture. How cool … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 1

I just got back from a trip to Poland – Doug attended a conference and I went along to do tourist stuff. The conference actually arranges for tours, though I had plenty of time to explore on my own. (It’s was same conference that took us to Beijing two years ago). I didn’t have any sort of preconceptions about Poland, … Continue Reading →