Week in Warsaw, Part 1

warsaw, poland: a well-kept secret. why? because it's simply WONDERFUL. did you know?

what joy we had in documenting jan + magda's wedding celebration, but it dawns on us that we have yet to really share our pictures from poland. therefore this entry starts our WEEK-IN-WARSAW series.

check back each day FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS to see a little more of the scene, the setting, the polish people and yes-sir-ee! the love + passions of this proud city. most of all: we can't wait for silverbox folk to meet magda, jan and their family and friends.

jan, magda + magda's sweet sweet dad met us up at the airport (the Fryderyk Chopin Airport ~ now how many cities name their airports for musicians?!) and told us on the way to our hotel that warsaw was originally a walled city, and nearly everything within its walls (with one notable exception being the church in which they'd soon marry) was flattened in WW2. but thanks to old pictures, paintings and a whole lot of craftsmanship, old warsaw was rebuilt just as it had been* and our little boutique hotel, the castle inn, was right in the middle of it all. [see below the outer wall of the city AND of the enchanted view from our hotel room]

the next "morning" (aka nearly 2PM) we woke to music outside our open window [see above] and the giggles of school children as they passed by.

as we wandered out the front door, we found the cafe-filled central square bordered by unique + happy "row houses" in a delightful blend of color, texture and architectural detail + style. in old warsaw, archways, cobblestone, lampposts + laughter abound.

and did we mention this: warsaw is yummy! we had mmmmmm d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s outdoor meals and more ice-cream + gelato (ok, and vodka) than we care to recall.

for today, however, we'll focus more on the setting than the indulgence. many thanks to silverbox star annika miller who created a great many of the pictures you see in this post. annika and her roommate courtney spent the first part of summer backpacking europe and made poland an early stop. how fun! and our luck just kept getting better . . . check in with us tomorrow to see what we mean

~ missing poland, amy + kim

* old town was so perfectly recreated that UNESCO named it a "world heritage site" as "an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century."

----->  tomorrow, classs, let's venture HERE:

see you soon!