I recently got back from a lovely layover in the beautiful city of Warsaw. Poland was never somewhere that was necessarily somewhere on my top ten list of places to visit, however it certainly is now!
The city is absolutely stunning, full of gorgeous buildings and architecture. Although it was absolutely freezing, we still managed a little walk around.
The flight over was a little less than 6 hours, and incredibly busy! With a full cabin and a breakfast and lunch service, we barely had time to sit down, let alone eat!
Once we arrived it was still early, so myself and Aoife, another business class crew from Ireland, set out to explore a little bit. When I said it was absolutely freezing, I meant it… -12 degrees!!
We arrived in the old town, which is surrounded by the castle wall.
We spotted the last few stands left over from the Christmas Market, and had a little wander along.
Since we were in need of warming up (even after only having been outside a few minutes!) we stopped for a mulled wine. That certainly helped!
We continued our walk past the market stalls and through the centre of the Old Town. Our next stop was to try some “Pierogi” – Polish dumplings! They come filled with all sorts of different fillings, anything from cabbage and meat, cheese and potato, to sweet fillings such as plum or blueberries.
We tried one each with meat, and cheese and potatoes. Yum! After that however, my fingers were absolutely frozen! There was in ice skating rink in the centre of the square, which had some fire stands next to it, which warmed our hands up nicely! We had to go into a magnet shop for about 20 minutes to thaw them out completely!
We continued our walk through the old town, admiring the lovely buildings and peace and quiet. We couldn’t manage much longer or our toes would have fallen off as well as our fingers!
We hailed down a taxi and got dropped off back at our hotel.
A few of us had arranged to meet for dinner a bit later on, so I had a quick snooze beforehand.
One of the Polish girls recommended a restaurant just across from our hotel called “Ale Gloria”. We had to go underground to the entrance, and it was decorated beautifully and felt very homely.
They brought round some freshly baked bread with a delicious smoked salmon spread, which none of us could resist. Next one of the waiters came over with a little jar, which he shook up – turns out he was making butter for us! He then strained it through a sieve and there we had it, freshly made butter right at our table!
I ordered a dish which sounded delicious, goose leg confit with potato dumplings and red cabbage. It was hearty and perfectly cooked, just as delicious as it sounded!
The others all tried some traditional Polish dishes, and everything looked great. Once we’d finished eating, the waiter (who had been extremely attentive the whole evening) brought round a tray full of different Polish liqueurs for us to try. There were a few different flavours including hazelnut, plum and quince. Really tasty and a great end to a lovely dinner!
The next morning I woke up to a blanket of snow outside! I was so excited, as I haven’t seen any snow yet this winter. After breakfast I just had time to head outside for a quick picture in the snow before it was time for the wake-up call.
The flight back was an absolute delight, only 5 passengers in business class so we spent our time drinking tea and chatting away!
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Warsaw, and I really hope to visit again, hopefully when the weather has warmed up a little bit!