Spring had just arrived and it was Easter in Poland. With the sun coyly poking through thick clouds, Poland was slowly awakening from a long winter slumber. The Easter markets were in full swing, oozing an infectious atmosphere with its lively beer gardens, bratwurst stands, and colourful arts and craft stores.
While it wasn’t as warm as we’d imagined, everything else about our Poland trip was exactly how we wanted it to be. After all, it was a real vacation (I know my Facebook page suggest that I’m perpetually on vacation but trust me, it’s quite the opposite). I wasn’t there for work, I had no intention to pitch stories from the trip, and I even left my laptop and camera at home! It was a blessing to be able to focus on spending quality time with my little family in a new place.
So why did we choose Poland? For once, Alberto had been to a country that I hadn’t (don’t tell him I said this!). He was really eager to show me the country that he knew a thing or two about. Plus he’s had a love affair with Poland since his first visit and really wanted me to share his love.
As it turned out, Poland didn’t disappoint.
We spent a glorious week driving around southern Poland and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our journey started in the capital, Warsaw, where I was surprised to find – instead of modern, characterless tall buildings that I’d expected – a small and adorably charming Old Town that had been restored after being completely destroyed during World War II.
And then we hopped on a rental car and drove south to Krakow, another city overloaded with medieval beauty. There, we feasted on some of the best foods I’ve had in Europe. I was completely obsessed with the roasted pork knuckles that crackled in an aromatic brew. Kaleya absolutely loved the freshly steamed pierogi oozing with flavourful meat (Poland’s unofficial national dish).
From Krakow, we made a detour to Auschwitz. The world’s biggest concentration camps, this is where over 1.1 million people were killed during the war. It was a sobering experience but definitely eye-opening. To lift our spirits, we headed further south to Zakopane, a ski resort at the edge of the Tatra Mountains, to catch the last bit of winter. I was like a little kid in a candy store when we were out playing in the snow; but you should have seen Kaleya — she was literally flipping out in the snow.
Enough of the talking, I think my photos will give you a better idea of how Poland looks like at Easter. (P.S. They were taken with my iPhone (remember I left my camera at home?) so pardon me for the poor quality of the images.) Also don’t forget to check out these fun facts about Poland to learn more about the country.
Table of Contents
EASTER IN POLAND – WARSAW
EASTER IN POLAND – KRAKOW
EASTER IN POLAND – AUSCHWITZ
EASTER IN POLAND – ZAKOPANE