Sleepless in Warsaw

During our recent trip to Warsaw, it was the first time I was away from my son for more than a day.  I was sleepless.  The first night due to a bumpy train ride, the second night due to missing my son, but on the third night it was due to having so much fun.

Although not often mentioned as one of the “must see” places in Europe, Warsaw is one city that you should never miss.   Its historical buildings with its beautiful architecture stands testament to a rich cultural past and the strength of its people.  After a short trip to the old town square, I can almost never tell that it had once been flattened out during the 2nd world war.

The Royal Palace at the Old Town Square

Our journey began with an 8 hour train ride from Kolin to Warsaw.  As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to try the night sleeper train.  This we did, and it was good.  The train ride was not the most comfortable at all, but it was better than I expected.

The moment we got to Warsaw, the clouds were gray and it was raining slightly.  However, this did not stop us from taking a short walk to view the city.

The next day was my friend’s wedding, so it was mostly spent indoors.  The ceremony was held in the Zamkowy Palace and the reception in a quaint restaurant in the old town square.

The Newlyweds

When it comes to celebrations, the Poles are not to be outdone. The whole celebration started at 2pm and ended at 12am the next day.  That meant eating the whole time save for the “disco breaks.”  I prefer to call them “disco breaks” since the DJ mostly played “old”  music pleasing to the ears of the “young once.”  Since my husband and I were childless, we really made it a point to enjoy ourselves and danced the night away.  Being the triggger-happy mamarazzi that I am, I never even managed to get a single shot of the reception.  What, with all the good food, good wine, good music and the company of good friends,  the night slipped by very quickly.  And yes, I think it also involved a couple of vodka shots.

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