ERWIN P. SALES
Web Graphic Designer / Traveler
During my recent autumn trip of this country I was amazed by its history and undiscovered beauty of this part of Europe. Most of us are familiar of known places like London, Paris, Rome and others. Traveling from California to Barcelona, Frankfurt and Warsaw each countries have a distinct beauty on its own. However, my experience in Poland was much different and pleasantly surprised. My special friend Ewa whom I met last summer invited me to see her country. I would never have thought about Poland as a tourist attraction until I arrived here. Traveling by train from Frankfurt-Berlin-Warsaw, I was captivated by the intense fall foliage, bright-red orange leaves along the way. From the quaint, colorful cafe, gorgeous town squares, beautiful parks, castles, adorable churches (it's as good as the Vatican's collection) and the dedication to art and history, I was overwhelmed of how fascinating to discover this gem in Europe. It came a long way on its revival from the damage of World War II. The price of food and other amenities are also much cheaper than other places in Europe. My first day, I walked to the Old World Market Square and noticed a man with a old colorful traditional costume from a long time ago with his infectious smile inviting me over to his restaurant for a hearty breakfast of local food like kielbasa, bagel (originated in Poland), eggs, cheese, pierogi and coffee. Next to Old Town is the Royal Castle, a beautiful colorful landmark, built as a residence for the King of Poland, Sigmund III, a monument of Polish Culture and Heritage.
Walking along Nowy Świat, is one of the main historic thoroughfares of Warsaw. I endlessly admire the unique decor of each cafes, restaurants and shops. It's teeming with people every night. Łazienki Park, is a picturesque and charming garden, though Pole Mokotowskie and the Park Wilanowski (the park around the Wilanów Palace) are very strong contenders. Modern Poland has all the shopping center like you'll in any cosmopolitan city. Designer stores from Gucci to LV, Zara, H&M, Kebab and Asian restaurants, Starbucks and McDonald's can be found here. Warsaw and Kracow are contrasting– without feeding on the rivalry between the two. They compliment each other in the best possible way – Warsaw has modern architecture, progressive, and full of hipster culture and modern art. The Warsaw’s Palace of Culture – a gift from Stalin to the country and an impressive example of socialist architecture. Kracow is traditional, conservative, and insanely pretty. It's main market square, the largest medieval square of its kind in Europe, with the beautiful Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and St. Mary's Basilica is breathtaking! Poland is the land of Pope John Paul II, Frederic Chopin, Marie Skłodowska Curie and friendly people. People here are nice particularly if you're an obvious foreigner speaking English and they are willing to embrace English wholeheartedly. There's so much to see and experience this beautiful country and looking forward visiting Poland again. Please feel to comment, share your experience and questions.
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