Pretty (Chilly) Poland

Dzien dobry! Greetings from Warsaw, Poland.

I arrived Sunday after the show in Paris, stepped off the plane and was welcomed by some chilly weather of nearly 38 degrees!

I’m still getting used to this measure called Celsius, so you can imagine my shock when I looked at my phone and read 6 degrees!?

Poland WeatherPretty. Darn. Cold.

But the city was gorgeous.

Arrival in PolandA mixture of old and new.

I met a colleague for lunch in the hotel. We refueled and he took off for the gym. I decided to visit Old Town Poland.

The hotel gave me directions to take a right out of the hotel and walk until I reached a palm tree. A palm tree seemed odd, but the directions were pretty spot on.

Poor Louis! Perhaps a discount is in order? Louis Vuitton can not possibly sell a handbag that’s touched the floor!

Poor LouisI was short a few thousand Polish Zloty, (1 euro = 4 Polish Zloty)…even with the sale price.

This shop was right up Mama’s alley. Garden chachskis.

Garden ShopI could hear Dad, “Honey, do you want to stop and have a look?…” While continuing to drive 35mph past…

Garden in PolandMums remind me of Mama.

Mums for MomI stumbled across this neat little candy shop. Candy ShopYummy sugar confections that had little designs rolled inside each piece. There were all sorts of flavors, margarita, strawberry, frutti tutti, coconut, truffle, pina colada and licorice.

Tiny Candy HeartsAnd some festive Halloween treats!

Halloween TreatsI had to buy some of course…Boo!

Sweet Little GhostOn to Old Town.

But first, bubbles!

Bubbles in Old Town
Bubbles in Poland
Old Town ChurchQuick break for some tunes!

Poland Brass Band
View of Old Town

Old Town View
Old Town Pink Church
The buildings are the prettiest shades of pastels, bright pinks and yellows.

The square was filled with artists, musicians and a small stand selling mulled wine.

I was tempted to grab a glass as the air became cooler. The Polish women were donning fur hats, wool jackets and beautiful leather boots…I think they were on to something.

I missed the memo and instead toured the city in flats and heavy sweater. Not appropriate garb for temps in the 30’s.

View of Old Town Square
Beautiful Little Church
Evening Old TownOnce the sun dipped, so did the temps – drastically. I purchased a scarf on my way home – I even bartered for it! And attempted to wrap my neck, face and head to keep warm for the trip back to the hotel.

I was nearly home when a sign caught my eye…

Best Choc in WarsawBEST hot chocolate in Warsaw?!

I’m becoming quite the hot chocolate connoisseur/addict.

Best Hot Choc in WarsawIt hit the spot & helped my body thaw.

Perhaps not as wonderful as my Parisian favorite, but it was a close second. Whipped cream and a sprinkle of walnuts, topped the tall mug of hot cocoa.

I ate it with a spoon like a melted hot fudge sundae.

Once my toes regained consciousness, I head off. It wasn’t long before I was distracted once again…

Walk Home
Tk Maxx PerhapsThe inner maxxinista in me can sniff out a Tk Maxx in any country!

TK Maxx in PolandAhh, the mother ship.

Sadly, there was no time to shop, rather a business dinner was scheduled for that evening.

Old Town Warsaw was certainly a treat.

My colleagues and I met at a lovely restaurant called Stary Dom, that served up traditional Polish cuisine.

Stuffed from my cocoa snack, I opted for a light soup, beetroot borscht.

Beetroot BorschtThe soup came with a small bowl of mashed potatoes. You add the potato to your soup to thicken it up a bit.

Beetroot BorschtIt was sweet and light. I definitely need to replicate this.

Known for their beef tartare we ordered a starter of the beef and a starter of calf livers and onionsBeef Tartare 2.

Beef Tartare
Beef Tartare 3The tartare was good, but I could only manage a bite. The calf liver was another story. Metallic, dry and a weird shade of brownish gray.

But, I tried it! Definitely, not a liver gal.

A dessert gal, perhaps.

Desert for One

 

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