Warsaw, in contrast to Kraków, is an extremely busy city. The streets itself in some regard remind me of New York City, packed with traffic and the sidewalks packed with people. On our first evening in Kraków I met up with a genealogy colleague, Grazyna Rychlik whom I met in the Boston genealogical research program.
She is a registered tour guide in Warsaw, and gave us a short tour of the city. Afterwards we stopped at Smaki Warszawy, Centrum for a few drinks and dessert.
The following morning, we took a four-hour tour guided tour of Warsaw, a four-hour guided walking tour. Our guide walked us around the city showing us major tourist sites. At this point in the trip I was not excited to be walking miles. Twenty-two days of “short walks” caught up with me. This was also my first experience with public bus system in Warsaw. It was very hot and uncomfortable in the buses.
After our tour we grabbed lunch at Varso Vie. They had some amazing meals listed on their menu.
Weary and tired from travel, we walked some of the city on our own and then retreated back to our hotel till evening.
During our walk around later in the afternoon, we stumbled on a Brazilian restaurant, Browar De Brasil. So for our late dinner meal we decided to try it.
They had an amazing beer selection that I took an opportunity to try.
After dinner we went back to the hotel bar to have a few drinks. Suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was my cousin Gienek, who works in Warsaw. He had come to visit us!
We plan to spend the following day with him and his wife. On our last day in Poland, Gienek gave us a tour by car of Warsaw as it was raining, finally. I commented that it was Poland crying because I was leaving, something Gienek had said to me three years ago when the same situation happened.
Our main tour of the day was the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which was overwhelming. After our tour we went for dinner at Folks Gospoda. Here we encountered huge pork knuckles, and a Pierogi platter that came with five different types of pierogi, three each for a total of fifteen Pierogi. That’s a lot of Pierogi for anyone to consume!
After dinner, Gienek dropped us off at our final hotel for the night, the last for our 24 day trip, The Hampton by Hilton Warsaw Airport.