After a wonderful trip to Paris, we headed to Warsaw, Poland where we meet up with my parents. Traveling with them was so much fun – there was never any shortage of laughs or beers. I am lucky to have such great parents – and a great husband who also enjoyed traveling around Europe with my parents for 2 weeks.
Once again, we had some amazingly gracious hosts (my mom’s cousin and her husband) who not only let us stay with them but took us on some amazing tours of the city.
Warsaw is a remarkable city. I have heard lots of complaints about how ugly it is, especially compared to lots of other European capitals. While I can understand where those comments come from, I think you have to step back and realize how destroyed it was during WWII (approximately 85%-90% of the city was in ruins after the war). People were struggling to survive and were spending money on food and basic housing – they weren’t trying to create beautiful works of architecture. That being said, I think that there are lots of beautiful parts of the city.
Here are some of my favorite shots.
Old Town and New Town
Palace of Culture and Science
View from the Palace of Culture and Science
Tomb of the Unknown Solider
Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising Monument
Royal Baths Park (Łazienki)