When Chuck decided that despite our aches and pains, a lot of which come with age, we might be able to manage another bike trip this spring with VBT, I jumped at the chance. We have done 5 trips with them in recent years and each one has been wonderful. Since they just added a new trip to Poland, never having been there, and knowing nothing about the country, we decided to sign up.
Arriving in Warsaw after a long flight from Newark , a change of planes and long layover in Munich, I was more exhausted than I have ever been after an overseas flight. We finally connected with our driver and rode through a rather unimpressive city to our hotel in “Old Town”, Hotel Le Regina.
It was modern, with a beautiful lobby and friendly help who spoke good English (Polish is a mystery to my language challenged mind).
The most welcome sight however was our room and we both took advantage of this clean soft white bed immediately.
The weather was warm, unusually so, and upon wakening we decided on a light supper at the hotel restaurant sitting outside. I had a catfish pierogi with feta cheese & a unknown (to me) sauce that was unbelievably delicious. Chuck had a form of ragout that he said was equally delicious.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Our first full day in Warsaw the weather was more what we expected, though a disappointment after the previous one.
In the afternoon, exhausted from our 4 intense hours in the museum, we decided to walk back to old town. It was hard to comprehend that "old town" was not really and old town. While Warsaw itself was 86% destroyed by the Germans, Old town was completely leveled - 100%!! In rebuilding it they were faithful to the historic structures, even to making the houses lean slightly forward as the old ones had done.
On our 2nd full & last day in Warsaw we decided to walk down the Royal Way to Nowy Swiat (New Town).
This throne in the colors of Poland was repeated in many of the rooms - each one more beautiful that the previous. But comfortable??
Leaving Warsaw by bus, we were driven on a 2 1/2 hour ride through the Polish countryside to the town of Pulawy where we met our leaders and got our bikes.