15 January 2009

Back in Warsaw

Cracow was great. We toured the old Jewish quarter, took the Crazy Communist tour, drank vodka, saw a da Vinci that I like better than Mona Lisa, and ate very well. And the train ride from Warsaw to Cracow, about 3 hours, is quite nice, too. They have really wonderful drinking chocolate here. I will be forever spoiled. I can say a couple words in Polish--at least enough to order tea. But when the train conductor came around and asked us to close the window in the overheated car (I think that's what he wanted, anyway), I was ignorantly monoligual enough for him to give up and go away. Overall, most Poles seem to speak at least a little English, and they're very tolerant of those of us who don't speak Polish.

4 comments:

Knatolee said...

OH MY, drinking chocolate!!! Mmmmm! Poland sounds great. I'm enjoying your updates.

dephal said...

Really, really, good drinking chocolate. Puts all the cocoa I have ever had to shame.

Mim said...

Did you see the Da Vinci portrait of the woman with the mink (or ferret?) That's my favorite painting.

dephal said...

Yes, that's the one. I think it's an ermine. :-) I love that painting. I wonder why it's not as well-known as the Mona Lisa? I liked the entire museum, actually, but the painting was definitely the highlight. And we practically had the place to ourselves, aside from a group of college students who were looking at the exhibit of ancient glass and writing things down. It's a very intimate place, and a nice collection.