Poland

Hotels We Love: andel's Lodz, Poland

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What does a hotel need, to feature in our Hotels We Love series? Well, obviously something extraordinary; something that no other hotel has to the same extent; something that lets you forget that you stepped out of your comfort zone and knee-deep into a foreign culture; something unexpected that leaves you in awe. When Katja and I made our way to Lodz in Po[...]

Warsaw's best bar

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It's probably no surprise that my favorite bar in Warsaw is a smaller place owned by some of my friends. Miasto Gadajacych Głów, or City of Talking Heads, is a "Dada cafe" featuring low lighting, good music, cheap libations, interesting and ironic decor, and great people. The crowd here featured a lot of young Polish folks, with a light smattering of expats [...]

Poland's best-kept secret: Hel

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Looking for a fabulous summer getaway that your budget can afford - yet fed up with crowded beaches that look like this...? When planning a relaxing beach holiday in Europe, you don't need to limit your options to the usual Mediterranean tourist destinations. Think outside the box, think... Poland! Hel is the name of a peninsula in Northern Poland [...]

A Case of Unusual Timing in Warsaw

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My last destination in Europe before I caught my flight back to the states was Warsaw, Poland. I was planning to stay in my friend’s flat, go out a few nights, stock up on some of my favorites Polish things, and relax into the idea that I was heading home. However, I arrived on the exact morning that the Polish president, his wife, and 94 others, many who we[...]

Do drink and travel: What to Taste in Poland

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Growing up with Polish immigrant grandparents, I had a lot of ideas what I would encounter when I actually had a chance to visit "the motherland." Prominent themes featured in these fantasies were food, alcohol, and babushkas. When I finally visited Warsaw over Christmas, I was not disappointed in any of these departments. It would take a small novel to desc[...]