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Eileen Aldis - a vlogger in Poland

Eileen Aldis, a Canadian travel vlogger is living the dream as a nomad, making videos about her travel adventures. She left her home and bought a one-way ticket to explore the world, and this time around, she finally made her way to Poland. For the very first time, she had a chance to discover Warsaw, Kraków and explore Łódź. Eileen also ventured a bit of the beaten path to Bydgoszcz and medieval Toruń. 

Warsaw

Located just a bit east of the center of Poland and home to over 1.7 million people, Warsaw is one of Poland’s most mesmerizing cities. The capital and the seat of the highest governing bodies, razed to the ground during the Second World War, it was rebuilt and had been developing rapidly ever since.

“Warsaw, Poland has such an awesome vibe!”- Eileen Aldis

Warsaw has always been one of Poland’s biggest and most important cities. When it suffered extensive damage during World War II, after the liberation, its citizens banded together to push a reconstruction plan to help restore the famed city to its former glory. The task at hand wasn’t going to be easy; it is estimated that more than 85% of the city’s historic center laid in ruins. However, their drive was strong, and they set about the reconstruction. The result was a raging success. Thanks to meticulous attention to detail, using original architectural plans and photographs, the city was almost entirely reconstructed. The project encompassed buildings from the 13th-20th century and was so successful that the historic center of Warsaw now has the distinction of being one of Poland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The newer versions are so authentic that they have even managed to recapture much of their original character. Visitors to the city who weren’t aware of the reconstruction beforehand are usually surprised to learn that the buildings are anything other than the originals.

“Warsaw, Poland is a city sometimes referred to as a phoenix because it has risen from the ashes of a dark history. This city is truly unique - you couldn't have a day like this in any place, but Warsaw!”- Eileen Aldis

The Ostrogski Palace houses the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, one of the most modern biographical museums in Europe. The Pleyel grand piano the composer played for the last two years of his life is the most valuable item on display. Apart from the instrument, other personal belongings of the composer can be viewed and admired at the museum, letter, and sheet music manuscripts included. The Fryderyk Chopin Museum has the most extensive collection of Chopin memorabilia in the world.

Warsaw has always been a vibrant and eventful city. Throughout its many historical ups and downs, the city has maintained its unique and dynamic character. Warsaw is a Western-style metropolis with many features’ characteristic of European capitals. The city is not only the center of business and administration but also of science, culture, and arts. The Polish capital, buzzing with young people across the city, is host to over a hundred theatres, cinemas, museums, and art galleries.

Today Warsaw is Poland’s most cosmopolitan, active, and modern city with numerous luxury hotels and high-class shopping centers. Whether you’re interested in theatre, good food, shopping, museums or bazaars, you will find more to choose from here than in any other Polish city.

“From the rubble of war, Warsaw has rebuilt itself into a seriously cool capital city. There's a lot to love here already, and it keeps growing and changing - just look at the skyline!”- Eileen Aldis

Kraków

Once the royal residence, by far, the most visited city in Poland today.

The Old Town surrounded by the green belt of the Planty Park, the Jagiellonian University and the Royal Castle Wawel: these sights are the most strongly associated with Poland. All walking tours begin or end in the Main Market Square, near the Cloth Hall, a 16th-century market hall continuing the tradition of trade to this day. On a corner of the Main Square, the largest Medieval square in Europe, St. Mary ’s Basilica stands. On the top of every hour, a trumpeter plays a bugle call from a window of its higher tower. Suddenly the melody cuts off, just like hundreds of years ago when the trumpeter was shot with an arrow during a Tartar attack.

“Truth be told, milk bars are our favourite places to eat when in Poland. It's a no frills, self-serve, authentic place to find traditional Polish food at an extremely affordable price.” - Eileen Aldis

Being nominated as the 2019 European Capital of Gastronomic Culture, Kraków provides for an unbeatable culinary experience for all the foodies. From iconic milk bars to food trucks and high-end meals in trendy restaurants, Kraków places itself in the center of the culinary travel map.

Łódź

Łódź is one of Poland’s largest and youngest cities. In its heyday the city played a crucial role in Poland’s Industrial Revolution and was one of the most multicultural and industrial centers in Europe. Today, bursting with creative energy, it’s a city well suited for artists, filmmakers and free thinkers. In 2017 Łódź was inducted into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and named UNESCO City of Film. Lonely Planet named Łódź as the 2nd Best Value Destination for 2019.

“The city is embracing its industrial past and making a huge comeback. It's a popular place for students and artists, which gives Łódź a youthful and creative energy. The abandoned factories are being reinvented and repurposed into incredible multifunctional spaces. The first and best example of this is Manufaktura. Łódź is definitely worth a visit.”- Eileen Aldis

Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz is a city located on the Vistula and Brda rivers in Northern Poland, and it is best recognized for its beautiful waterfront and Art Nouveau style buildings. This eighth-largest city in Poland serves as one of two capitals, Toruń being the second of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. Bydgoszcz is also the location of Poland’s largest city park. Even the most urban areas of Bydgoszcz have a remarkable amount of green space, providing an excellent balance between the conveniences of city life and the relaxing effect of being close to nature.

“Bydgoszcz is not a city on the usual tourist circuit of Poland, which adds to its surprising charms. You feel like you've found the 'real' Poland and it's thoroughly lovely.”- Eileen Aldis

Toruń

Toruń has many attractions for visitors to enjoy. The medieval Old Town contains an assortment of interesting sights, as you might expect from a place named to the UNESCO World Heritage List. From defensive city walls to towers and gates to the ruins of Teutonic knights’ castles, you can spend quite a bit of time exploring this fascinating area and never get bored. It has its own leaning tower, several museums, a fortress, and many other exciting stopping points. The view of the Old Town from across the Vistula River is not to be missed, and one cannot leave the city without tasting its famous spicy gingerbread that is carefully baked into the most intricate and beautiful designs.

“Toruń is a true gem within Europe that somehow isn't full of the crowds of tourists and high price tags you find in many other such fairytale towns.”- Eileen Aldis

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EMAIL = eileenaldis@gmail.com

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