Westminster Abbey.

Halfway Home

Last week we hopped a cheap flight to London to visit our son for his birthday. The trip was well-timed! I’m not a Third Culture Person, a global nomad, or whatever you want to call it. Though my country seems to be losing its collective mind and conscience lately, I still identify strongly as an…

A heavenly chorus.

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Medievalpalooza at the National Museum

We’re settling into a routine here, of yummy Sunday lunches (pumpkin soup! poppy seed torte!) followed by a museum visit. Survival skills for northern climes, what can I say. The National Museum in Warsaw doesn’t look like much from the outside. Completed in 1938, the building is your basic between-the-wars-box. But such cool stuff on…

The market square today.

From the Ashes of War: More About Wroclaw

Dwarfs may be the best thing about Wroclaw, but they are not the only attraction! The city has a unique history, to say the least. Until World War II, Wroclaw was known as Breslau and was clearly German, having first been part of Bohemia, then the Prussian kingdom, then the German empire.

Memorial plaque to those killed in the Uprising.

Halloween at a Polish Cemetery

Halloween has not really made it to Poland yet. Which is fine with me. I mean, Halloween is OK and all, but it’s gotten kind of out of control in the USA, in my opinion, and become yet another Pinterest holiday that is fun for everyone but Mom. But I digress. Here, the day afterwards, November…

Wroclovek, or Wroclaw Lover, guards the entrance to the tiny Dwarf Museum.

Wroclaw’s Dwarfs

Here is one great way to “trail.” When your spouse has a business trip, grab a bag and go along! The hotel is free, and the train tickets are cheap, so why not? Last weekend, a business trip took us to Wroclaw. So, of course, we had to go dwarf-hunting! Wroclaw’s dwarfs (or gnomes, as we…

Jan Sobieski bridge.

Fall Day at Łazienki Królewskie

We are so lucky that our apartment is just a few minutes’ walk from Łazienki park! The Polish name, Łazienki Królewskie, means “royal baths,” from a bath house that was once located there. Though the park has a long history, most of the gardens, palaces, and other structures located within it date from the 18th century. It’s…

Love this artwork.

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Jewish History Museum

This past Sunday really was gray. And cold. And raining. A good day to visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Jewish ghetto that was established by the Nazis in 1940, and then razed by them after the Warsaw Uprising in 1943. POLIN is not your average…

Come! Together we will build a new home!

Gray Sundays in Warsaw: Warsaw After the War

It wasn’t actually gray yesterday. It was sunny and very cold! So, why the title? I’m restarting a short series of posts I wrote in Vienna, about things we did on gray Sundays. Everyone keeps assuring me that winter here will be both 1.) colder than Prague and 2.) grayer than Vienna. Clearly, we will…

Dude in a beer suit.

Indian Summer in Warsaw

This past weekend was summer’s last gasp in Warsaw. The forecast from here on out is in the 40s and 50s. Exactly what you’d expect here. So, yesterday, along with thousands of other Warsowians, we hit the pavement. It doesn’t matter where you go on a day like this in northern Europe. Just stay outside, soaking…