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  • Streets

    Warsaw Favorites

    Warsaw has a few big and busy squares. One of the most important ones is definitely the centrally located Rondo Dmowskiego where the busy Al. Jerozolimskie and Marszalkowska meet. Most trams and buses cross this square. Apart from that, the most important Metro station "Centrum" can be found here. Another busy and lively square is Pl. Zawiszy...

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  • The Market Square (Rynek Glowny)

    Krakow Favorites

    Krakow is fabulous in any season. I have visited in holiday season, summer, and spring. The Cloth Market is the centerpiece of the historic square...untouched by wars. It's the purest part of Poland as far as architecture is concerned. The Cloth Market is filled with vendors who sell a miriad of merchandise and soulvenirs. The shops and cafes...

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  • Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument

    Warsaw Favorites

    The Lazienki Park abounds in statues. They can be found everywhere: on the terrace of the Palace on the Water, in the Theatre on the Island, and in many other parts of the park too. They are often representations of antique gods, like the satyrs holding lanterns, or Zephyr and Flora in front of the Myslewicki Palace. The auditorium of the Theatre...

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  • St. Mary's Church (Kosciol Mariacki)

    Krakow Favorites

    Upon entering the BASILICA OF THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY from the Market Square, you come across the Vestibule (1750-53) in the shape of the Tomb of Jesus. Entering from Mariacki Square (enter here to purchase tickets) you will notice the Penitents' Hoop which was placed on the heads of sinners. Of course, a few of us had pictures taken with the hoop...

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  • Memories

    Warsaw Favorites

    It had never crossed my mind to visit Poland, even after meeting Ewa, and teaching children who had Polish fathers in Scotland and Sudan. I'd never felt the inclination to visit Eastern Europe at all, but Fate decreed otherwise. My husband had to go to the FiCEE exhibition as he was the only person with a valid Shengan visa, and I was to help him....

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  • Wawel Castle

    Krakow Favorites

    The originally Gothic WAWEL CASTLE or ZAMEK WAWELSKI, was built by Casimir II the Great and consisted of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. The Gothic structures were severely damaged in a fire in 1499. It was rebuilt in the 15th century in a Renaissance style as it is this present day. Situated on a limestone hill...

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  • Old Town

    Warsaw Favorites

    Walking along the streets of the Old Town, you will see another kind of ornament - beautiful decorative shop signs above the doors of the elegant shops or restaurants. Their intricate designs, often made in wrought iron or copper and very imaginative, delight the eye. Don't miss them - they are real works of art! BTW, the bookshop in Piwna Street...

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  • The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

    Krakow Favorites

    this was the first shopping center in Krakow (14th century) Looks like a bazar with stall in both sides selling handcrafts or religious stuff ..its a large corridor with just this.On the upper floor is the national gallery. Outside there is a tourist information point

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  • Royal Castle

    Warsaw Favorites

    The Royal Castle is probably the best known landmark of Warsaw. From the outside it is a simple, huge five-wing early Baroque structure with a tall clock-tower. It's painted in unique colour but... looks somewhat strange down (not up) the Castle Square and adjacent to more beautiful, decorative tenement houses. Well, it's very rare in Europe...

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  • St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican

    Krakow Favorites

    The Krakow Barbican, exquisite structure. Matt decided to have a photo shoot for the Krakow 2010 Euromeet here, a beautiful place to do it, as you can see in the photos.. Matt, Ursula and our Polish "troop" took a moment to rest before more photos. Winfred, Teresa and Ursula have a small discussion. And Alex gets a few winks before continuing on.

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  • Sightseeing - All tips in one

    Warsaw Favorites

    We stayed three days in capital of Poland. I should say it was enough to see essential, but also better to have more time visiting Warsaw. I think the three day planning was quite full and useful, so I put my used plan here: First day was a day of visiting so called Royal Route from Nowi Swiat street (De Gaulle rondo) to Royal castle, including...

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  • Warsaw Uprising

    Warsaw Favorites

    WOW! Warsaw Uprising 1944 Museum is the best set up museum I have ever seen in Poland. It was open in 2004. I've already visited it twice and it's not enough for me :-). Fascinating and very interesting exposition for me for many reasons: - multimedial way of touching history (computer visual software, movies to watch on small and large screens,...

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  • Monuments

    Warsaw Favorites

    Warsaw is packed with monuments, memorials and commemorative plaques relating to World War II. The most famous ones are the Warsaw Uprising Monument and the Umschlagplatz Monument, but there are many lesser known places all around the town. Just keep your eyes open when wandering around the city.

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  • Palace of Culture and Science

    Warsaw Favorites

    Unfortunately, there are some politicians who want to destroy the Palace - symbol of the city!!! So, if you have free time, go to Warsaw - it is maybe the last chance to see this marvellous building! I know that Warsaw isn't so beautiful as Cracow is. But what I like the most in Warsaw is its speed and a link between east and west. Eastern-soviet...

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  • Language

    Warsaw Favorites

    Although most younger Poles speak English, there are many Poles, especially among the older generation who don't or don't want to. Even the majority of the police do not speak it. There is no doubt that Polish is a difficult language to learn. However, it is worth learning a few basic greetings and mannerisms to get by. The Poles also appreciate...

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  • Castle Square

    Warsaw Favorites

    The most part of the downdown was ruined during WWII. So, all that you can see on a photo is a reconstruction. From gale.blog.pl 's VT page I've just learned that number of old churches in Selesia were demolished just to take an original old bricks for reconstruction (!!!) Thia sounds very sad and stupid. ;-(

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  • Wilanow

    Warsaw Favorites

    King Jan III Sobieski was a hero- he saved Europe from Islam- but a controversial one- he told his wife not to take baths until he`s back from the war so he could have her "all natural"! A walk through his palace will be an enjoyable and fun walk through history of Poland and history of his life. Enjoy!

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  • Barbican

    Warsaw Favorites

    2001: Some fun guys at the wall around Old Town.. available with axe... for the crazy tourists with busy cameras. The area around the Barbicon usually has some entertainers offering a variety of song and musical instruments. My trip in 2006 included more of this. An interesting couple sang old folk music to the crowds that gathered.

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  • In Motion...

    I enjoy 'road movies', & my preferred way to travel is by road, & these experiences have taught me that the faster options for travel, do not offer the same memorability of experience...The choice of the high road or the low road - in my travels through Poland, that choice has been the privilege of the coach drivers - & when travelling with Eastern...

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  • Polsko 2010 - Varšava

    Varšava nikdy nebyla mojí vytouženou cílovou destinací. Ale je to holt jednou hlavní město Evropy, tak jsem si dal říct a zahrnul pár dní strávených zde do mého itineráře na cesty. Možnost se naskytla hned po cestě z Norska, kam za pár korun byli k pořízení letenky. Z Varšavy potom jede přímý vlak až do naší vlasti,...

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  • Erasmus

    We were in Poland in May and we were struck by the number of young Spanish that we met that were studying with an Erasmus scholarship. We didn´t find only them but many were with their parents who had come to know the country where their children have passed the courseThe comments were all great they lived a great experienceI think these programs,...

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  • Lectura sobre Polonia / Poland Reading

    Before or after visiting Poland I recommend you to read a book named "Poland" of James A. Mitchener , in case that you are not familiar with the Polish History He describes in a novelistic style the life and history of Poland from the XIII century up to nowadays , based on three families , one of Magnates , other of Gentlemen and the third of...

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  • Norbert's Poland Memories

    I went back to Poland in September 2010 to visit my family. I went with my Mum, Dad, Adrian and my friend Max. The weather was cold and it was snowing! We stayed in Krakow and Washawa and I met Granny, Grandad and a boy called Jim and a girl called Emma.My best memory of the trip to Poland was going to the circus and Warsaw

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  • Tym's Poland Memories

    I went back to Poland in August 2004 and 2005 with my mother to visit my family. The weather was cold and wet and we stayed in my Granny's house. I was really young but I remember seeing big fish, cows and horses and my best memory is when we made reindeer from sticks!

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  • pulling my sister on the sled

    My favorite thing about Poland is that my Dad Fritz Otto Karl Thieme and his family comes from there.

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  • Cheepest Food in Poland (bar in big...

    When you don't have much money you can buy a very cheep and tasty food (dinner) in Milk Bar. Normal one dish dinner cost 6-15zł (2-5 US$). Mostly that kind of bar are in center of a city and neer Universities.

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  • Landscape

    Poland's landscape is quite unique, in th summer Poles flock to the north to the beaches and in winter, they all go south to the mountains. The north and middle of the country is very flat.

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  • Mowicz po polsku?

    The Polish Language is notoriously hard to master with 7 cases, tricky grammar and awkward sounds for western ears. A lot of young people know some English, if you know Russian you should be able to understand somewhat, but don't accidently refer to the Poles as Russians, you'll lose a lot of potential friends.

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  • Polish town planning

    Most of Poland's towns and cities have great looking medieval style main squares or Ryneks. They are the signature to Polish town planning and many were designed on a grand sometimes eye opening scale

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  • Wodka

    Poland is the proud home of vodka, although Russia has a long history of drinking the clear spirit, Poland is where it originates from. There are many different flavours and names of this sometimes strong drink, my favourite is Zubrowka which is flavoured with bison grass

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  • Statistics on mobiles

    According to the Central Stastical Office of Poland there are more active sim cards in Poland than citizens. Comering with population there are around 109% active sim cards in Poland (Dec 2007). When calling in the country you need to pay around 0,50 - 0,70 PLN per minute and when sending sms you pay around 0,15 - 0,20 PLN.

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  • Poznan and Warszawa

    Although I never had been travelled to Poland if I did not had to work there... I didn't regret. It was a nice trip to two fascinating cities.Poznan is so old and ancient that it's just beautiful. You will see quite a lot of historical houses, public buildings and churches, that you don't know where to look at... It's wonderful.Warszawa is more a...

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  • Everybody's favourites

    Like all (I think) Polish people, I love storks. These big black and white birds build their nests on the roofs of barns or farmhouses and, as they are supposed to bring good luck and... babies, are always welcome by farmers. Some of them even place a wheel of an old wooden cart on their roof or the nearest electricity pylon to attract the birds....

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  • Down by the river

    This should really be on a 'warnings and dangers' tip I reckon?If your dad has gone fishing on a big river and it`s dinner time, DO NOT try what I did ok!When we stayed in Poland, we stayed on a farm just outside of Warsaw with one of my dad's relatives for a few days or so. Just near the farmhouse was a great big river, my dad had gone fishing...

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  • My first *love*

    My most favourite memory of being in Poland is a bitter sweet one of my young uncle Anjé .He was my dad's youngest brother and was only 17 when I went to Poland, I was only four and a half years old. He was tall with blond curly hair and he used to take me everywhere with him and his teenage friends, they used to spoil me rotten.I can remember...

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  • CLIMATE

    There is usually a mild weather in Poland between May and October. That is a result of the mix of the east continental currents and the Mediterranean currents which inflow to Poland from the South and the West. In spring temperatures vary from 0 to 16oC (32-60,8oF) and it may often rain here. In May temperature rises to 18- 20oC (64,4o-68oF) and in...

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  • Visa Application Form

    Since 1989 Poland has been withdrawing many visa restrictions. Nowadays citizens from most of the countries (e.g., the Czech Republic, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, the USA) are allowed to stay in Poland without a visa for 90 days.After that period of time, all the necessary information...

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  • Forest and beaches -great combination

    We don't have many big forests in Ireland and one of the things I loved best about Poland was the fact that there were forests everywhere. The scent of a pine forest and the pleasure of walking under shady trees on a hot day are very high up on my list of favourite things and being able to enjoy these simple pleasures every day was a real bonus....

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  • Baltic Sunsets.

    We all love a good sunset and sunset over the sea is always worth watching. I don't know if there's a special quality to Baltic light but it seemed to me that the sunsets in this area were really high up on the colour spectrum. Every evening without fail there was a spectacular sunset - perfect ends to perfect days. I think the sunset at Debki ,...

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  • Open air markets

    In Poland we keep up the tradition of open air markets. Some of them may be in tourist areas and sell local craft and art, but the "real" markets (or bazaars) are those where local people buy their goods: fruit, vegetables, other groceries, and even clothes and shoes and more!If you'd like to taste this particular local flavour, ask around wherever...

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  • Telecommunications - Mobiles

    There are three mobile operators in Poland at present (I'm writing this in May 2003):- Orange (former Idea) (owned by Telekomunikacja Polska and France Telecom),- Era (owned among others by Vivendi and Deutsche Telecom),- Plus GSM (owned among others by Vodafone and TeleDanmark).All three operate in GSM 900/1800.You'll probably be most interested...

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  • Gdañsk

    Gdañsk is my home town, and unfortunately it is not included within the data base. It is located in the North of Poland, by the Bay of Gdañsk (part of the Baltic Sea). Gdañsk, together with two neighbouring cities of Sopot and Gdynia forms a unit called Tricity.

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  • My Polish ancestors

    I love this photograph! it was taken in the very late 1930's or early 1940's. It is of my dad's family at that time. When we were visiting my dad one afternoon in the Summer of 2004 he showed this to me, as he reckoned that I looked like his mother when she was much younger than on this photo. I felt quite honoured and asked him if I could...

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  • Poor old great grandfather!

    The Polish Winters can be very harsh with very deep snow and have well below freezing teperatures.My dad told me this story of my great grandfather when I was quite young. The great grandfather, my own father's grandfather, went out one day in the middle of Winter to chop wood for the fire, this would have been in the late 19th or very early 20th...

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  • ATM - Cheat Sheet

    Although ATM machines are to be found all over, the transaction is always in local currency. BE PREPARED. For example, do not go up to an ATM and think you'd like to withdraw $500 worth of local currency. You first must know the amount in local currency that $500 will buy. I always carry a currency cheat sheet when travelling. In addition to ATM...

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