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Day One: After dropping your bags at your hotel we’re on our way to the Warsaw Uprising Museum – W-M: 8-6, Th: till 8, Grzybowska 79, 48 22 539 79 05
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is one of the most visited places in Warsaw. Opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in the city, it is a tribute to those who fought and died for a free Poland and its capital.
The exhibition shows the struggle of everyday life before and during the Warsaw Uprising and the horror of occupation – which was a complex international situation – to the post-war communist terror and the fate of insurgents in the PRL. Images and sounds present the days prior to the outbreak of the Uprising, its subsequent phases, as well as the insurgents’ exit and their subsequent fate.
The heart of the Museum is a steel monument, passing through all the floors of the building. On its walls is engraved the Uprising’s calendar of events, and the sound of a heartbeat which can be heard from inside symbolizes the life of Warsaw in 1944.
A special attraction is the Museum tower offering a beautiful view of Warsaw and Freedom Park with the Memorial Wall, on which are engraved the names of more than 10,000 insurgents who died during battle. In the central part of the wall the ‘Monter’ bell is hung: weighing 230 kg, it is dedicated to General Antoni Chruściel.
Time to tune in to the Fryderyh Chopin Museum – Tu-Su: 11-8, Ostrogski Palace, 1 Okolnik St 00-368, 48 22 44 16 251
Here we see a collection of items related to Frederic Chopin that includes musical manuscripts, printed scores, Chopin correspondence, personal items (cufflinks, diaries etc.), iconography, as well as biographical works about him and critical commentaries on his compositions and his reception as a composer.
The exhibition is on all four levels of the palace. Each floor’s exhibition is devoted to the life and work of the composer from a different perspective.
Let’s do lunch at Między Nami Café – M-Th: 10-11, F,Sa: 10-12, Su: 2-11, Bracka 20 street, 48 22 828 5417
They are famous for their pirozhkis, but everything is good here. Favorites include the potato pancakes with mushroom sauce, stuffed cabbage with tomato sauce, chicken livers with apples and onions and the penne with baked pumpkin, spinach and feta cheese. You wine choice is a Chilean red or white.
Next let’s visit the Copernicus Science Center – Tu-F: 9-6, Sa,Su: 10-7, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, 00-390, 48 22 596 41 00
Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw is a unique place that encourages you to engage in discovering and understanding the world, and to take responsibility for changes taking place around you.
The Copernicus Centre is a state-of-the-art interactive museum where you can see for yourself how a tornado develops, fly a magic carpet or play a laser harp. Hundreds of exhibits await visitors with a taste for experiments. There is the electrifying High Voltage Theatre and the world’s first Robotic Theatre.
During lab classes you can feel like a true scientist, while the Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium will immerse you in pictures that are shown on a spherical screen. Around the building there is the Discovery Park featuring art that produces sound effects, an open air gallery and a summer stage.
U Fukiera – L & D: Daily, Rynek Starego Miasta 27, 48 22 831 10 13 is our choice for dinner this evening.
For starters they have a steak tartar or a smoked salmon with red caviar. Enjoy a glass of Bollinger with either. Then move on to the marinated whole trout with dill or the veal cutlet with quail egg and cucumber salad. The leg of lamb with rosemary, thyme and white wine is also excellent. Your wine is the ’08 Barbara d’Alba. Dessert is Gundel pancakes with walnuts and hot chocolate.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Leniviec – B,L,D: Daily, ul. Poznańska 7, 22 350 77 77
They are known for coffee and culture, but since we’re hungry we will go with the homemade cakes and pastries or their croissants. The omelet with bananas and cinnamon looks pretty good.
The Wilanow Palace – W-M: 9:30-4, Su: 10:30-4, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958, 48 801 011 779 is beyond spectacular.
The palace, its decorations, works of art, gardens and sculptures in the park originated here beginning in 1677, and over time the collection was assembled from all over the world, from ancient Rome through 17th-century Japan to ateliers of the French masters.
On the first floor is the Galley of the Polish Portraits where we can see the likenesses of Polish monarchs collected over the centuries.
Then we will see the royal apartments of the palace, rooms where parties took place and chambers where the royal couples listened to music and met their friends and guests.
The Zachęta National Gallery of Art – Tu-Su: 11-8, pl. Małachowskiego 3, 22 556 96 00
The Zachęta National Gallery of Art is the largest and most well-known gallery of contemporary art in Poland. The collection consists of over 3,600 objects, including over 700 paintings, 80 video works, 100 sculptures and installations, and a large collection of works on paper (prints, drawings and photographs).
The gallery is located in the city center in a beautiful eclectic building that survived the Second World War. In addition to inspiring exhibitions it offers a rich program of accompanying events, including meetings with artists, film screenings, concerts, tours and workshops.
The Po Prostu Art Bistro – M-F: 10-10, Sa,Su: 11-10, en. Małachowskiego 3, 22 5569677
In addition to a kitchen that presents a combination of Danish, Italian and Polish cooking, Po Prostu features art exhibitions and chamber music. If you’re here to enjoy the art, they have small plates of olives, herring, salmon tartar or parma ham with melon to enjoy with your wine.
Heartier fare includes lots of pastas and salads, liver and onions, roast duck with beets, apples, oranges and noodles or a Thai seafood stew. A local wine that will work well is the ’11 Adiria Chardonnay. For dessert we like the sticky toffee pudding.
The National Museum in Warsaw – Tu-Su: 10-6, Th: till 9, Al. Jerozolimskie 3, 48 22 621 10 31 is another must see.
The National Museum in Warsaw is home to over 800,000 exhibits of both Polish and worldwide art. They represent all epochs from antiquity to contemporary times, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, photographs, numismatic items and objects of applied arts.
The most unique are the Faras Gallery (the largest European collection of artefacts of the Nubian culture and art from the early-Christian period), the Medieval Art Gallery (unique sculptures, panel paintings and gold smithery from all regions historically related to Poland in medieval times completed with medieval works of art created in other regions of Europe) and the largest Polish painting “Battle of Grunwald” by Jan Matejko.
Dinner is at the renown Restaurant Stary Dom – L & D: Daily, Puławska 104/106, 02-001, 48 22 646 42 08
Should we start with the steak tartar, the roasted peppers stuffed with goat cheese or the medley of Polish sausages? For our entrée we’ll have the rabbit in mustard sauce with homemade dumplings or the roasted chicken with vegetables. Our wine is the ’10 Adoria Pinot Noir and dessert is the almond meringue cake.
Day Three: Restaurant 99 - B,LD: Daily, al Jana Paula 11 23, 48 22 620 19 99 is our place for breakfast
Lots of choices that include ggs with grilled mushrooms and bacon or sausage, vanilla pancakes and mini croissants or a charcuterie and cheese plate.
One of the most historic and important places to see in Warsaw is the Royal Lazienki Museum and Gardens – Gardens Open Daily: Dawn to Dusk, Museum and other buildings open: Summer hours: M: 11-4, Tu-Su: 9-6, Aleje Ujazdowskie, Warsaw 99-200, 48 504 243 783
The Royal Łazienki Museum consists of a palace and garden complex. The origins of Łazienki date back to the 17th century. In 1764 Ujazdów became the property of Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski - the last king of Poland, who established his summer residence here and gave it its general appearance. Today, the Royal Łazienki Residence fulfils the functions of a museum: a place of cultural, scientific and entertainment events
The park was created in the 18th century becoming the most beautiful planned area in Warsaw and one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is a favorite place for walks and also an important place for music lovers.
The Gardens are made up of three parts: The Royal Garden, The Belvedere Garden and The Modernist Garden. 18th, 19th and 20th century sculptures, palace edifices and garden pavilions adorn the grounds.
Let’s do a change of pace and visit the Museum of Modern Art – Tu-Su: 12-8
ul. Pańska 3, 00-124, 48 22 596 40 10
Since its inception in 2005, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has collected over 200 works of art by contemporary Polish and foreign artists.
The Museum enhances its collection through the acquisition of works of art by purchase, and also numerous works of art in the collection were created during the exhibitions and public projects.
For our final Mini-Holiday dining experience we are going to Dom Polski – L & D: Daily, Francuska 11, 48 22 616 24 32
Let’s start with the goose liver mousse with fruit and a hot black berry sauce or the Polish snail stew with mushrooms and sour cream, and let’s enjoy a glass of the Taittinger Prestige rose with it.
For our entrée the choice is difficult. The halibut in lemon sauce with spinach dumplings is one choice, and the other is the wild boar filet in an aromatic forest sauce with fried beet roots. The ’05 Haut-Brion Clarendale is our wine. Dessert is the pear sorbet.
Museum of Technology and Industry NOT Palace of Culture and Science – Tu-F: 8:30-4:30, Sa,Su: 10-5, Pl. Parade 1, 690-900-746
The Museum of Technology collections focus on the history of Polish art and products. They include a collection of motorcycles featuring the “Falcon”, a collection of locally produced radios, survey instruments, office equipment and recording devices. The planetarium can restore the image of the sky visible from the Northern Hemisphere at any time of day and year.
As a farewell let’s take a walk around Old Town Warsaw – It is bounded by the Wybrzeże Gdańskie, along with the bank of Vistula river, Grodzka, Mostowa and Podwale Streets.
During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today’s meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge aka Mr. & Mrs. Sites & Bites
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