- Posted June 3, 2014 by
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The best things about Poland
Poland is for everyone
There are stories that Poland is a poor country and nothing is exciting about the place but when I set on-foot in Warsaw everything changed—the country is wonderful.
The Republic of Poland abounds in culture and beauty, which betrays its size as the ninth biggest country in Europe, and 63rd in the world. It has a population of more than 38.6 million.
Warsaw City is our point of entry to Poland . It is a city with many faces where tradition mixes with modernity.
I never mind the language barrier I'd encountered in Poland (because only a handful few speak English at that time) as long as I was able to reach out through sign language.
The Poles are fond of walking; they know the benefits of walking. The young people are warmth and hospitable who offered me a drink of whisky. You can hang with them among the glass skyscrapers and abandoned factories to experience Warsaw’s nightlife.
There is a daily schedule-based sightseeing tour of Warsaw including a visit to the impressive rooms of the palace on the water in Lazienki Park.
Also a must-see is the Old Town (Market and Barbican), included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Here you can see stores with wood carvings, weavings, pottery, paper cuts and embroidery that are characteristic of Poland . Indeed, Poles are highly artistic people.
They love music. At the Old Town, visitors can also experience Polish music here and hear composers who idolized Poland’s greatest composer Frederic Chopin.
Poland has gorgeous architecture unspoilt by tourist hordes. The Royal Castle with is Square, residence of monarchs from 1596 to 1795, as well as the residence of the Polish President in 1918. There is also a chance to see King Sigismund’s III Column—the first secular monument in Poland .
St. John’s Cathedral, a Gothic church and witness to some of the most important events in the history of Poland with sarcophagi containing the remains of eminent Poles.
Not to forget is the former Jewish Ghetto, the memorial to the heroes of the Ghetto.
The Royal Route , with superb aristocratic residences and famous monuments, including the Holy Cross Church with its urns containing the hearts of both Fryderyk Chopin and Wladyslaw Reymont, the first Polish winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Royal Park , a walk in the most beautiful park in Warsaw commonly known as Lazienki or “the Baths” and a visit to the interiors of the so-called “Palace on the Water”, the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Pomitowski.
Other important places of interest: the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the monument to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and the monument of the victims of Katyn, Saint Paul John II’s hometown and The Divine Mercy of Saint Faustina.
Poles love to cook! And it’s delicious! I liked their Bigos. It is a traditional stew and is considered to be the national dish of Poland. They have makowiec, a sweet poppy cake.
When the Polish people said that “Polska Wszystkich,” it’s literally true that “Poland is for everyone!”
I miss you Polska!