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August 15th 2013
Published: August 16th 2013
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Bristol Hotel foyer.
We caught the train from Krakow to Warsaw today. Another regional train and thankfully the last while we are here in Europe. It's more or less a local train so not nearly as luxurious as the trains that take you from country to country. We asked the hotel to confirm which train station we had to go to to catch our train as there are two stations in Krakow. Thank goodness our taxi driver knew where to go because if we had taken the hotel's advice we would have ended up at the wrong train station.The taxi driver even knew which platform we had to be on. Bless him because when we arrived at the station everything was in Polish and no rail attendant or information counter in sight! We only located our train because there was the number 38410 on the side of one of the 9 carriages and that was the number on our ticket. Given that the numbers were about 2cms in height I'd say we were very fortunate to have found it! Our travel agent had assured us that seats weren't allocated on regional trains and so far that has been the case. Someone forgot to tell
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Hotel room.
the Poles though. We had to move twice because we were in someone's 'allocated' seat.

Our hotel in Warsaw is sublime. I feel like we should be wearing label clothing with matching accessories. Looks like we'll have to sneak out the back entrance. Warsaw is nothing like what we had expected. Everything we had heard and read was quite negative. It is actually really lovely. Very clean and well maintained. Not dour and grey as we had been lead to believe. Today is a national holiday in Poland, 'Polish Army Day' which commemorates the 1920 Battle of Warsaw so the city was full of people celebrating. There was live music of some description on every corner and a concert in one of the main parts of the city. It was 'happening' so to speak!

We walked down to the Old Town. (Yes Warsaw has an Old Town too!) It was almost completely destroyed during World War II but after the war was reconstructed in strict accordance to how it was before the Nazi Occupation of 1939. It took nearly twenty years to restore it to its former glory and it was worth it. We thought it appropriate to
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The new tablet has caused Clive some frustration. Here he is in the foyer of the hotel trying to write an email. It's not designed for chubby fingers!
finished the day with a traditional Polish meal of sauerkraut with mushrooms and sausage. Delicious but I hope we don't pay for it tomorrow!


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Hotel Bristol at night.
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Another view of Hotel Bristol at night.
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Old Town Market Square
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One of the many beautiful cathedrals.


16th August 2013

Holland
Hallo Hennie en Clive, Ik volg jullie helemaal. Fantastische reis en jullie zien heel veel. Mooie foto's . Goede reis verder ! heel veel groeten van Nel

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