Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday May 17, 2011: After an early flight to Chicago and a little layover time in The Windy City which included a great lunch and some tasty brews at Revolution Brewing, plus another libation at the travel-inspired bar, The Map Room, we boarded our LOT (the Polish national airline) jet for an overnight, nine-hour, non-stop flight to Warsaw, Poland. The great airfare deal on LOT Airlines was the reason we chose Warsaw as our first destination since it is their hub. While not the first European city we thought of to visit, it turned out to be a very nice place.
|The great view of some of downtown Warsaw |
from our Hilton hotel room.
|Drinking might be a national sport in Poland. They take it very seriously.|
|After dinner at a cool microbrewery in downtown Warsaw called BrowArmia on our first night in Poland, we walked back to our hotel through beautiful Saxon Park which includes the solemn Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.|
|Our small tour group ambles across|
a sweeping square in downtown Warsaw.
|A storefront reflection of our tour van. A relic of the Communist era, it's a restored Nysa 522, and has all the charm and appeal of an iron box on wheels, but it definitely gives you a unique perspective of what this city has come from.|
|After the tour, we got back on the "beaten path" |
and visited Old Town, one of Warsaw's
most well-known historic areas and attractions.
|Making Polka cool. A lone musician enjoys the sunshine in Old Town Warsaw.|
Friday, May 25, 2012: We flew back to Warsaw today from Amsterdam and spent the night at the Westin Hotel in downtown Warsaw, just a few blocks from the Hilton we stayed at the first two nights.
|Warsaw on approach.|
|Besides the great rate we got at the Westin in downtown Warsaw for our last night in Europe, one's of its best attributes were the beautiful glass elevators that provided great views of the surrounding city.|