It is really hard to put a city into words. When we arrived in Warsaw on the first day it was bitterly cold, and when we went back 2 months later, it was still as cold as it first was. The impression I had of Warsaw was that it was extremely spacious, with not too many people. There was space to breathe. Everything seemed calm and relaxed and mellow. I like how subtle it is.
1. VISIT THE COLOURFUL BUILDINGS
And the legendary mermaid at Plac Zamkowy, Stare Miasto, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is their old town despite how new it is (40 odd years old only!), as it was rebuilt after a war which set the old old town ablaze.
If I could go back: I would
If I could change something: I'll try going in another season so as to be able to see the mermaid up close. In winter, an ice skating rink is set up around the mermaid in the main square, obstructing the view of the mermaid - Syrenka.
2. ADMIRE THE MURAL ON THE MUSEUM OF MARIE CURIE
Walk further down the lanes of the old town into the new town to arrive at this huge mural depicting the life of Marie Curie who discovered Polonium and Radium.
If I could go back: I would definitely not miss the chance to visit To Lubie again. It is a cafe nearby that sells the best cheesecake, ever.
If I could change something: Wished there were more blue sky days.
3. TRY THEIR LOCAL FOOD.
When I say that, I mean it. Visit their local Milkbar, which is similar to a Singaporean Kopitiam. They sell their Polish food - soups, meat dishes, and dessert, all at the fraction of the price of those in a restaurant. Don't bother with restaurants, eat like a local and visit a Milkbar! Fret not about the language, as they have English menus. If not, just be brave and ask them what is on the menu - albeit having to play abit of charades. Featured in the picture above is Pod Barbakanem. Bar mleczny. And here are 2 more of our picks - Familijny Bar Mleczny, Bambino. Bar mleczny.
If I could go back: I would totally do that now!
If I could change something: For more description for each dish on the menu
4. DON'T MISS THEIR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
We were there on the last week of January, and the christmas decorations are still there. They have large light installations in the shapes of bells, reindeers, a choo choo train, and even a large fireplace with a huge seat for Santa. Its all about the lights and Christmas ambience - whats there not to love?
If I could go back: Maybe in another season to see if Warsaw is as charming as in winter
If I could change something: Nothing! It's just too fabulous and magical.
5. VISIT LAZIENKI PARK
Here you can spend some time to see squirrels scuttling around for food, wait around patiently for birds to land on small bird houses which seemed to be installed by members of the public, feed them, or enjoy the view of ducks slowly paddling down the river that runs through the park. Definitely a good place to slow down one's footsteps.
If I could go back: I would definitely want to spend an entire day watching these animals
If I could change something: Could have brought some food along to feed the animals!
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