April 22, 2014
WARSAW: Woke up to a beautiful day in Warsaw with 73 F weather! The entire city is in springtime with flowers in bloom everywhere. Last week it was snowing at home and I lost all my spring flowers to a hard frost.
>We had a lovely breakfast in the Hilton hotel, and then headed out in a taxi to Old Town. We walked to the Madame Curie Museum, walked up the belfry at St. Anne’s etc. Our cab driver told us he was married in the church 40 years ago! What a lovely spot for a wedding. Tip: always carry lots of small zloty bills for the tip to the waitress; they do not put the tip on the bill if you charge your meal.
We stopped at the Milk Bar Mleczny Familijny for pierogi. Probably the worst Polish meal I have ever eaten. Mrs. T frozen pierogi taste better. LOL. The total price with 2 cokes was only 21zl. That is only $7. The place was packed. No one ordered the pierogi but us, which certainly says it all.
Afterwards, we took a taxi to see the Palace of my distant relation King Poniatowski in the Lazienki Park. Marian Langiewicz’s first wife was Marie Bauer, her ancestors were Poniatowski but changed their name to Bauer when they moved to Coburg and left Poland behind.
Lazienki Park was amazing. Peacocks, boats, statues and the entire park is in bloom. Just a lovely spot in Warsaw. Romantic couples kissing on the grass, young babes in old-fashioned prams and one mother openly breast-feeding. The ambience was 1920’s Warsaw. We saw small blue birds in the park that are called the Sikora Modra. I tried to get a photo but they are too fast for me.
After 7 hours we returned home via taxi, tired but happy. We ate dinner in the hotel, restaurant–300 zl. That is $90 U.S, which was the most expensive meal we had in Poland. The food was good and the entire first floor is new, modern and lovely.
Tomorrow morning we leave for the ancestral home of the Langiewicz family: Ciemniewko. Got a call from Aga Pawlus from PolishOrigins, all details are set. That was very nice of her to call.