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Any PRACTICAL advice for a new visitor to Warsaw?


beckski 12 | 1,617
7 Aug 2010 #1
I'm taking my first trip to Warsaw and Lublin Poland next week. Any practical advice for a Polish-American female, on her first-time travel to Poland?
pgtx 30 | 3,156
7 Aug 2010 #2
Virgin???

ah you just called southern by name... lol

Any practical advice for a Polish-American female, on her first-time travel to Poland?

what do you have in mind?
OP beckski 12 | 1,617
7 Aug 2010 #3
what do you have in mind?

Museums, restaurants, shopping, jazz clubs...
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
7 Aug 2010 #4
Wear a beanie with a propeller on top of it. Guys like that.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,441
7 Aug 2010 #5
where in Warsaw are you staying?

I was there for a short period 3 weeks ago and you have to see the:
Old Town, the Kings Castle, the President Palace - they are all in the same area.

Also, I recommend Lazienki - it is very nice, but take some walking shoes, because it is a large area.

Have fun and enjoy. Take something dressy, because people like to dress up there, specially when they are going out.

There is a Jazz Festival in Old Town until Aug 28 - so maybe it is worth checking it out.

link: jazznastarowce.pl/index.php?a=jazz-old-town-square
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,104
7 Aug 2010 #6
At the moment prep for heat and humidity and rain :(. How long are you going to be in Warsaw for? Let me know. I'll try to get you the word on Jazz clubs and local events in the next few days. :)
skysoulmate 14 | 1,296
7 Aug 2010 #7
I'm taking my first trip to Warsaw and Lublin Poland next week. Any practical advice for a Polish-American female, on her first-time travel to Poland?

Wow, virgins are so rare nowadays... :)

No advice but would love a detailed summary of your visit to the father-, I'm sorry, to the motherland.

I'd like a Yankee perception of Poland, yes Kalifoornians count as Yankees. ;)

(Well, just please don't take any clues from that Aussilady who went to see "Danzig", Poland (sarcasm smiley if I had one).
OP beckski 12 | 1,617
7 Aug 2010 #8
Have fun and enjoy. Take something dressy, because people like to dress up there, specially when they are going out

Thanks, my niece and I are going to be roommates. We plan on doing a bit of partying and dancing.

Wear a beanie with a propeller on top of it. Guys like that.

Sounds verrrry sexy!

where in Warsaw are you staying?

Holiday Inn

PolskaDoll
We'll be in Warsaw 4 nights

would love a detailed summary of your visit to the father-, I'm sorry, to the motherland.

For sure... (well maybe not too detailed!)
Zed - | 195
7 Aug 2010 #9
Try Przekąski/Zakąski first for stand up polish style snacks and booze - across from Bristol Hotel.... or if you do not like that, go to Hoover Sq for a meal/drinks - nearby... then watch the crowd in front of the presidential palace and "defend" the cross :-). After that go to Nowy Wspaniały Świat for yet another drink and good music. Last but not least carry on to Foksal St. to visit Meta Seta Galareta.... imbibe there and try a good beef tartare, or śledź or beef strogonoff.... and some more. Enjoy!!! :-)
OP beckski 12 | 1,617
8 Aug 2010 #10
Thanks so much everyone for all the helpful advice. I'm eagerly looking forward to the trip of a lifetime :)
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
9 Aug 2010 #11
Any practical advice for a Polish-American female, on her first-time travel to Poland?

Be careful at pedestrian crossings. We would like to see you again here ;)
scottie1113 7 | 898
9 Aug 2010 #12
Don't miss the Museum of the Uprising.
plk123 8 | 4,148
9 Aug 2010 #13
Also, I recommend Lazienki - it is very nice, but take some walking shoes, because it is a large area.

it's a must.. not negotiable.. if you don't see anything else.. better go to this park. everything else aphro recommends is right on too. + barbakan, the cathedral, st. maria church and any other church in the old town and on krakowskie przedmiescie. the saxon park with the tomb of the unknown soldier.. the palace of science and culture.. make sure to go to the top to the observation deck..

I'd like a Yankee perception of Poland, yes Kalifoornians count as Yankees. ;)

no they don't they are fruity flakes however. lol

be ware of pickpockets and drunkards.. definitely bring walking shoes.. walk by the river just below the old city.. also, check out the palace in Wilanow, if you have the chance.
ikes
9 Aug 2010 #14
In addition to the previously mentioned ones, Ogród Saski park is a very pretty place not to be missed.

Practical:

It's a city with somewhat long walking distances, so you may want to buy a 1-day/3-day/7-day travel card for the public transport. I'd recommend to print at least the tram network map in advance and carry it with you, as I didn't notice any being visible at the stops!

ztm.waw.pl/mapy.php?c=117&l=1
-> "Schemat linii tramwajowych"

You can also find some information about river boat trips on Vistula on the same pages, that might another idea worth considering.

Other:

Reading en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising in advance will give you correct perspective to understand the extreme hardship and devastation the city and it's inhabitants had to suffer in '44. Being aware of what happened and where will also make walking around more interesting, esp. f you're into contemporary history.

If I'd be travelling to Wawa now without being in a hurry, I'd probably take a tram trip to see some residential areas where you can find houses and villas that actually survived devastation, like green Żoliborz a bit north of the downtown, or the rougher neighborhood of old Praga at the eastern side of the river, where you can also find the zoo, for instance. Too bad my first visit was too short to allow that kind of excursions.
Harry
9 Aug 2010 #15
I'm taking my first trip to Warsaw and Lublin Poland next week. Any practical advice for a Polish-American female, on her first-time travel to Poland?

Pick up a copy of Warsaw In Your Pocket at the hotel (or download a copy from inyourpocket.com. Don't miss the socialist realist stuff in plac Konstytucji.

Lublin is superb. I think I like it even more than Warsaw (I'd certainly think long and hard about moving there if I could do my job remotely) Where are you planning to stay?
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
9 Aug 2010 #16
...and Beckski, stay away from the tuna, and from Harry.

Good luck and have FUN.
shewolf 5 | 1,077
10 Aug 2010 #17
Way to go, beckski. Have fun and take lots of pictures!
plk123 8 | 4,148
10 Aug 2010 #18
saxon park

=

Ogród Saski

OP beckski 12 | 1,617
11 Aug 2010 #19
Whoooah, the time has finally come for Beckski and her family (my sis, niece, bro, and sis-in-law) to hit Poland!

Thanks again for all the great advice. I can't wait to meet over 200+ Polish relatives at my cousin Kasia's wedding, to be held this upcoming weekend :)
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,104
11 Aug 2010 #20
Have a great time Beckski and enjoy as much of PL as you can. :) Have a great time at the wedding too. :)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,441
26 Aug 2010 #21
so how was Poland ? Or you are still there and never coming back;)
Ironside 51 | 11,499
26 Aug 2010 #22
Boo hoo I'm back, still dying from jet lag! Already missing beautiful Poland :(

so how was Poland ? Or you are still there and never coming back;)

aphrodisiac 11 | 2,441
26 Aug 2010 #23
thanks Irons, I missed it. looking forward to hearing more, or this is from another thread?

(just got my computer back and it looks like I missed all the fun)
OP beckski 12 | 1,617
26 Aug 2010 #24
so how was Poland ? Or you are still there and never coming back;)

Sadly, I'm back home now :(

My trip was fantastic. Visited Warszawa, Lublin and Treblinka.
I feel in love with Lublin. Went to a fun, yet very long Polish wedding there. Didn't leave the reception til after 3:00 a.m. Talk about tons of food and booze galore!

Here's my favorite photo, the castle in Lublin. The pic sort of looks surreal.
I'll post more photos in a few days. I can't wait to return to Poland, possibly in the next 1-2 yrs ;)



plk123 8 | 4,148
26 Aug 2010 #25
that's not a painting?
Ironside 51 | 11,499
26 Aug 2010 #26
I feel in love with Lublin

The only town who somehow regained polish spirit the rest is graded down by post-communist attitude.

Here's my favorite photo, the castle in Lublin. The pic sort of looks surreal.

both occupant be it soviet or nazi used the castle to torture and kill patriots and innocent bystanders alike.

My trip was fantastic.

Glad you like it:)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
26 Aug 2010 #27
My trip was fantastic.

You are going to have to tell us all about it :)
OP beckski 12 | 1,617
27 Aug 2010 #28
that's not a painting?

Nope. I took the pic at night on my cell

Glad you like it:)

Thanks, I'm looking forward to returning

You are going to have to tell us all about it :)

Great historical sites and buildings. Met many wonderful relatives. Even a 90 year-old, who makes cookies with rose jam from her Polish garden. Visited the gravesites of my ancestors too.

I didn't care for the humid weather at all. I'm also sick of Hortex fruit juice!

Here's another photo of Lublin at night...



lowfunk99 10 | 397
27 Aug 2010 #29
I leave in a bit more then 2 weeks....

I can't wait to go back...

I get to stay, work and play....

I have to get to Warsaw this time...


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