Today is our first full day in Warsaw! We decided to start out by visiting the Museum of the History of Polish Jews! It was a surprisingly large exhibit and had a detailed account of the life of Jews ever since they first settled in Poland. The Jewish story was for the most part very dark, but occasionally we were able to see some of the beauty they saw. The first picture below is a replica of the ceiling in a synagogue in the 18th century.
This monument is right outside the museum and is dedicated to the heros of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Following that sobering experience, we kind of just wandered in the little park area outside of the museum before catching a bus to Old Town. Since the museum took almost 3 hours, it was time for a very late lunch when we got to Old Town. We found an outdoor restaurant with traditional foods right in the middle of the square. Since it is quite cool here, I had a cup of tea and Alexander, a hot chocolate. We then shared some traditional Polish dumplings! I would love to have them again while we are here, because they were delicious! Then for our meals, I had the Polish duck and Alexander had Polish rolled chicken (it was stuffed with what looked like sauer kraut). Since this was our official meal out for Warsaw, we then shared a slice of apple pie with ice cream for dessert!
This building was across from us as we ate lunch.
We then walked through the rest of Old Town to get to the Multimedia Fountain.
We sat on the edge of the fountain for a while and felt the mist on our faces!
As you can see in the photos, the dark clouds brought rain so we decided to head back for the evening. We had dinner at home and listened to the rain!