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Apr 30, 2019 - The Flight

Do you know the story of the Princess And The Pea? It goes something like this (forgive me if i don't get it exactly right; it's been many years since I read the story). There's this handsome Prince whose parents want him to marry. But they only want him to marry a Princess. So, to make a long story short, there eventually comes along a lovely young woman who claims to be a Princess. So, to make a short story even shorter, the Queen invites her to spend the night in the castle. Assuming that only a Princess would have such tender skin that...

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Oct 22, 2018 - Warsaw - Poland

I could just duplicate my entry from Warsaw circa 2009. But I'll spare you. Highlights this trip - There are tourists here, including fellow refugees. Paderewski's tomb Chopin's heart A Chopin piano concert with wine The Jewish Uprising Museum - This museum commemorates one of the few instances where the Jews of Europe fought back against the Nazis. In the end their efforts were in vain. Or were they? You get the picture. I'm just trying to prepare myself for the return to the U.S. On my last trip here I rode the train from Warsaw to...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Joyous Celebration in the Last Surviving Prewar Synagogue in Warsaw

"The Nożyk Synagogue (Polish: Synagoga Nożyków) is the only surviving prewar Jewish house of prayer in Warsaw, Poland. It was built in 1898-1902 and was restored after World War II. It is still operational and currently houses the Warsaw Jewish Commune, as well as other Jewish organizations." That's the entry in Wikipedia for the place where we celebrated the end of Shabbat. I find myself without words to describe what it felt like to witness 300 young people (we were joined by another March of the Living group) singing, dancing and...

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Apr 9, 2018 - Even the Veterans Said Today was Brutal!

If not for the fact that there are four other Holocaust Survivors with our group, all of whom have been on the March of the Living numerous times, I would have ended the day believing that I had made a huge mistake thinking I could do this. Fortunately for me, all agreed that the pace of our first day was brutal. Everyone was operating on no sleep for at least 50 hours. We had all dressed in warm clothes because the weather forecast called for temperatures no higher than the mid 50's. Before the flights from Los Angeles to Poland were over...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Warsaw

One day in Warsaw and it’s raining! Started the day visiting the Warsaw Rising Museum. The content of the museum was really good, covering Poland’s involvement in WWII, but the layout was quite confusing. After lunch we went on a quick orientation walk around the Old Town, which was surprisingly small. Warsaw was totally decimated in the war, and the Old Town had been reconstructed exactly has it had been prior to the war. Free time for the rest of the day, so we climbed a tower for the view, walked around the Old Town, drank hot chocolate...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Our Last Day

Today is our last day and we've been blessed with a bright sunny day. According to the Weather Channel it was supposed to be in the high 50's, low 60's, so we bundled up and headed for the bus stop. There is one across the street but we wanted to go in the opposite direction. Due to major road construction, this street is now a one way street so there is no bus stop on our side of the street. So we head off in the direction we wanted to go and figured the next bus stop shouldn't be too far off. Guess again. About 20 minutes later we find...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Riding Bus 180

After a late start we decided to ride the 180 bus. At an intersection just South of us is a palm tree (real) that we wanted to see! So (walking) south on Nowy Swiat to see the Palm tree we were also looking for a bus stop so we could ultimately go North! Our walk took us further than we expected but we finally found a bus stop for 180 going the correct direction only to watch 10 to 12 buses (not 180) go by! Finally one came and we hopped on with our goal to go to Multimedia Fountain Park. It was built on an old concrete pond near Old Town...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Warsaw

Day 8 - Monday 18th September We pushed on across Poland to Warsaw. Again staying off the motorways to make the driving more interesting. Most of the road we were on was long, straight & flat with wide open fields & few towns or cities along the way. Lots & lots of maize fields although we did go through long stretches of apple orchards as we neared Warsaw. Our stop for the night was right at the back of a large car park. Bit grotty but handy for getting into the old city area. We parked up & hopped on a bus for a thirty minute ride to the...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Rainy Day in Warsaw

Today the weather is going to catch up with us. We've had rain off and on but always at night. Today the forecast is for rain until tomorrow starting at noon, or 11 depending on whose device you are looking at. We both use the Weather Channel but the forecasts are always a little different. We wanted to see the formal ceremony for the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is only on Sundays at 12. We decided to chance it and we made it through without any rain. After seeing the same at Buckingham Palace, this was...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Warsaw

Our first day in Warsaw. Warsaw's darkest days came during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The Jewish residents were forced into a tiny ghetto - they rose up and were slaughtered; then the Polish residents rose up and they were slaughtered! An estimated 800,000 residents were dead! The Poles did not give up, they decided to rebuild and it appears they are still rebuilding! As we had stocked the fridge last evening we had breakfast in and then decided to again follow Rick Steves and his Royal Walk for Warsaw to the Palace Square and Old...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Warsaw, Poland

I arrived in Warsaw not really knowing where to get off the bus as I found out that the bus dropped off in 5 different spots in Warsaw. I had originally planned to get off at Mlicony but this seemed far from where I was staying and the Polskibus website was not at all clear. So when we approached what appeared to be the city center I got off and figured out how to get to my hosts house which was easy. It was already Sunday evening so not a lot going on so I went to a nearby pizza place and got a delicious white cheese and pear pizza. Pear...

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May 8, 2017 - On to Warsaw

Up early down for a coffee and a roll as we are leaving before breakfast at the hotel, back to room finishing packing and check out of hotel, a short walk to the tram station, to get to our train station for a 6 hour trip to Warsaw, Poland. Today it is very over casts and some light rain, so a good day for a train ride, when get into Poland our passports were checked by the border police, getting into Warsaw we got taxis to our hotel, got checked in and out for some dinner before we meet our local guide (Jack) for a walk about the old city...

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