PHOTO ESSAY: Warsaw

I have been to the Warsaw airport many times, but this was my first time actually walking around the city. I was surprised how much I liked Warsaw right away! I saw many interesting monuments, beautiful churches, important places. I will definitely come back and stay for at least three days because there are a lot of things I did not see!

Statue of Mermaid

The mermaid is an important part of Polish history. Around Warsaw you will see many sculptures of mermaids. You will see some of them on facades and in artistic metalwork. There is mermaid tour in Warsaw during which you can see the most important mermaids.

Plac Zamkowy

Skyscrapers

New buildings rising in Warsaw!

Powstania Warszawskiego

Next to an important part of history.

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph the Betrothed

One of the many beautiful churches in Warsaw!

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A day in Warsaw..

I visited Warsaw this July. Unfortunately, I spent only a day in the city. And I am NEVER doing this again. From now on, I’m spending at least three days in one city. It’s so stressful to see as much as possible in a limited amount of time! Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your one day in Warsaw.

1. Buy a one day public transport ticket

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You can get them where you see a ZTM ticket machine. The one day ticket was very useful as it saved a lot of time that I would have had to walk to places. It’s also not as scary to get on the wrong bus, since you can hop off at the next stop, cross the street and without having to validate a new ticket, get on a different bus. Warsaw’s metro line is very good. It took me 9 minutes to get from the very center of Warsaw to the Wilanowska station. On a scale from 1-10, I give 10 points to the public transportation in Warsaw. Before buying the ticket, find out what zones (1 or 1+2) you will be going to as that is what determines the cost of the ticket. You can read all about this here.

2. Visit the Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science

This is a must especially if you want to see most of Warsaw in such a short amount of time!! The view from the 30th floor is amazing! Even though the red roofs of the old town are in the very distance, you won’t be disappointed. You can view all of Warsaw from all four sides of the terrace. The best view is towards the old town. You can also see the stadium where the UEFA European Football Championship 2012 took place. The only thing I didn’t like is having to wait some time for the elevators to take people up and then to take people down.

3. Visit the churches

Kościół Matki Bożej Łaskawej

Kościół Matki Bożej Łaskawej

Having had visited Rome last summer where I saw impressive churches and cathedrals, I was a bit disappointed with them in Warsaw. I’m not talking about the exterior of the churches. They are all beautiful. I’m talking about the interior. The altars seemed a little… well, blah. Just a painting and some candles. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. Maybe the massive cathedrals in Rome are giving me this impression. But other than that, all of the cathedrals and churches are very much worth a visit. It’s also a good way to get to know a culture. By saying that, I noticed that Poles are very religious. And not just the older generation. Everyone of all ages goes inside churches to pray for like 10 minutes and goes back out and continues with their day.

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Excited for my upcoming trip!

Warsaw

I am super excited for my trip to Warsaw and Krakow which is coming up really soon. I hope to see as much as I can and I really hope, that it won’t RAIN!!! But if it would, I will try to enjoy my time as much as I can, especially my time at the Starbucks Cafes (I already marked them on my map).

There are so many interesting monuments and places to see in Warsaw and Krakow, that I have been wondering why have I never been to these cities before? And especially since they are so close to Vilnius. Only an overnight bus ride and I’m in Warsaw!I have been to Warsaw before, but ONLY at the airport, so that does not count as me having actually seen the city.

Krakow

Krakow just came out of no where. I was just surfing the internet and noticed a cheap bus company that runs all through Poland to cities like Vienna, Berlin and Prague. The company is called “Polski Bus”. Since Krakow has so much history and was once the capital of Poland, I bought the bus tickets!!And now I can’t wait for my mini-trip to Warsaw and Krakow!!

P.S. Krakow has Starbucks Coffee!! And great shopping malls!

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