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Breaking Bread in Poland

Poland is a culinary delight. Warm rye and sour soups, mushrooms in season, pierogies with savory fillings, fresh fishes, and bastion of beets. all make for lovely meals and lively conversations…

dining chefside

Thad commenting on the design of this bottle

my favorite lady

rye soup and kielbasi

yummy plate of pierogies



talking about architecture

Dom Polski

Mom with Dom Polski

one of our favs

Do you know that we are going back to Poland again next year, mom?




fish in beet sauce

Dinner at the charming White Goose restaurant

Polish desserts

the most amazing dessert – ginger and orange merenge with fresh pink rose petals



Salute at Il Bacio! (yes, I sought out an Italian restaurant eventually!)

Dad and Thad love to sketch at the table

Beautiful Mommy
















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The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes – Warsaw

There is a curiousity when stepping into Warsaw for the first time and one might want to know about the planning, construction, and rebuilding of this complicated city. Warsaw was sacked and rebuilt so many times that it is amazing that it stands – and now thrives – today. Its very existence is testament to the will and fortitude of the Polish people.

As a City Planner in NYC, Thaddeus was interested to speak with some folks at the City Planning office of Warsaw located in the Palace of Culture. They got an appointment and met with a gentleman at Warsaw city planning who was passionate about Warsaw’s design and who, in turn, also had a few questions about NYC. Together with my father, a fellow architect, they had a fascinating in-depth conversation.

City Planners meet City Planners

On another note, I wanted to share Thad’s sketch of the Royal Castle Square from earlier this week:

Thad’s sketch of Royal Castle Square

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Old Warsaw, New Warsaw

A great quote today on Warsaw:


attributed to


And so began the day at the Warsaw Uprising Museum

Then we enjoyed a beautiful walk in Warsaw…

With lovely art and music surrounding us:

I did a blog post on this last year but the importance of this site cannot be understated:

We then had some fun with one of our favorite family topics of interest: modern art at the Zacheta Museum.

Modern Art Museum

This exhbit featured some fascinating topics including:

Can young artists afford artistic hooliganism? Is the fascination with real or potential destruction in art a way to revolutionary changes or just an artistic strategy? What is the purpose of artistic pranks and mischief?

A family who loves art together stays together!




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Last Walk in Warsaw

For our last night we decided to leave the Old Town (Stare Miasto) and venture into new parts of Warsaw for a special farewell dinner.  This was followed by a walk of fountains, the tomb of the fallen soldiers – guarded 24 hours a day, an art gallery, and Teatr Wielki.

last evening in Warsaw



he loves to sketch wherever, whenever he can!

cherry vodka at end of meal = love


leaving art gallery

fountains on the walk

mom in front of fountain

Guarded tomb of fallen soliders of Poland

this is guarded 24 hours a day and columns surround it listing each war dating back to the 900s

My dad told us about each battle listed

Side view of the Guarded Tomb

Then we moved on to the opera house where exactly 10 years ago we saw La Traviata in the Emperor box seats – I will never forget it.

Teatr Wielki


mom in opera house

leaving the Old Square behind

Thank you for following us on our journey!  We have received such nice notes and insights from your reading this blog.

And thanks mom and dad for a great trip!

Happy Travels!

PS – if you care to follow my adventures in Naples, please see:


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“Canaletto” in Warsaw

Bernardo Bellotto   was born in Venice but died in Warsaw.  He was an urban landscape painter or vedutista, and printmaker in etching famous for his vedutes of European cities (Dresden, Vienna, Turin and Warsaw). He was the pupil and nephew of Canaletto and sometimes used the latter’s illustrious name, signing himself as Bernardo Canaletto. Especially in Germany, paintings attributed to Canaletto may actually be by Bellotto rather than by his uncle; in Poland, they are by Bellotto, who is known here as “Canaletto”.

Here are some great street kiosks of his paintings with the church he painted behind it.

you can see the painting and then behind it - the church

this was hard to capture during rush hour!

the very famous painting of the street, Nowy Swiat

View of Warsaw from the Praga bank, painted 1770

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Around and About in Warsaw

Today we visited the University of Warsaw’s library – an architectural delight and sustainable green building.  The exterior is a fantastic green metal with famous writings, quotes, and music notes.  The ceiling is glass with a rooftop of greens while plants are also growing down the sides of the building in the interior.

The interior creates a calming effect

The Warsaw University’s library boasts a rooftop garden with views of the Vistula River and over 10.000 square meters of beautiful plants, lawns, ponds and even a waterfall.

Then we went to the Copernicus Science Museum and then we went to…okay, okay, most of the day my mom and I spent at the spa.  But my dad didn’t and instead he shared that he saw some other real architectural marvels!

Other stuff around town:

what a sweet, gentle and loving soul - revered all over Poland (and the world)

we stayed on this street 10 years ago - very quaint

love the Old Town!

this was a charming place

he loves to sketch...

what a wonderful sight springing out of a wall on the street

Castle Square

Castle Square with the new stadium lit in the background

new stadium

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog of Canaletto in Warsaw!

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Rising from Oppresed Walls to the Heights of Tomorrow

You can’t experience present day Warsaw without understanding its complicated and sad past.  Walking down the streets of Warsaw you are constantly reminded of the Poles’ suffering in WWII.  Yet you also notice a spirit and a resolution for the future.

My dad designated this morning for a skyscrapers of Warsaw walking tour.  As we were headed to the shining towers, we crossed a small park and noticed the map and plaque marking the perimeter of the Warsaw Ghetto wall.

The Warsaw Ghetto  was the largest of all Jewish Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. It was established in the Polish capital between October and November 15, 1940, in the territory of General Government of the German-occupied Poland, with over 400,000 Jews from the vicinity crammed into an area of 1.3 square miles. From there, about 254,000 Ghetto residents were sent to Treblinka extermination camp during the two months of summer 1942.  To create the Warsaw Ghetto, the Germans built 11 miles of brick walls around the Jewish quarter; this area was then closed to outsiders on November 15, 1940.  The wall was torn down in 1943 when the Ghetto was liquidated.  Today there is only one short section of the original wall remaining.

The photo above shows this remaining section of the wall which is about 10 feet high.

After this chilling moment of reflection, we moved on to find the site where Zaha Hadid will build Lilium Tower – which was slated to become the tallest  building in the E.U.  260 meters high – 70 stories.  100% in Warsaw.  Half residential; half condo hotel units with restaurants and retailers making up the ground floor.

However, a recent plan was just approved to build the Kulczyk Tower which is expected to be 282.4 meters tall and this might indeed be build first.  We will see which skyscraper in Warsaw will be built first to become the tallest in the E.U.!

Then we took a look at the construction that began on a futuristic residential skyscraper designed by Daniel Libeskind as well as  strolled through Norman Foster’s commercial center adjacent to the National Opera.

Here is a great site for more info:

Good stuff here:

If you are wondering what is the current highest building in the E.U. it is the  Triumph-Palace in Moscow which beat out the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt.  Russians and Germans.  Imagine this country Poland which has endured so much – so many walls, occupation, and oppression.   Now it is the Poles time to rise.

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