On this rainy Sunday, Michal and Joanna took me to the Warsaw Uprising Museum in the part of Warsaw called Wola. We drove as it was our only stop — and because it was raining, of course.
Our drive to Wola for the Uprising Museum
If you’re curious about some of the roads in Warsaw, here’s our drive from his suburb to Wola.
Walk – Don’t Walk
I love seeing the different walk and don’t walk signs in each country.
In case you’re curious, here is how cars park in Warsaw, and throughout Poland.
They pull up on what an American would consider to be the sidewalk. They park as close to the curb as possible; just on the other side of that curb from what we’d be doing. And they must leave room for people to walk.
Our car is one that is pulled in, behind the parallel parked cars here. It’s where we parked to go to the museum.
And now, into the Warsaw Uprising Museum
We opted for the self-guided audio to learn as we approached and viewed each exhibit. We were there for nearly four hours, about three looking at the exhibits. There is a lot to take in. The battle to try to hold onto life in the face of the Nazis was a difficult one.
I can show you photos of the museum, but can’t even begin to tell you about its impact.
We found ourselves emotionally exhausted. My Polish-born hosts already know the story and times, but it was still a lot for them. As an American-born Jew, an internal battle started this day, remained with me throughout my time in Poland, and is still with me. I don’t think it is possible to learn the Polish story here and not sympathize. But then I remember that my fellow Jews suffered all this and more.
The period-style coffee shop provided a nice rest. There, I tried a traditional Polish cake. (It was ok, but not the best, Michal said.)
Want to know more? Here’s the Wikipedia article about the Warsaw Uprising Museum.