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Kim just informed me the other day that she will be speaking at a conference in Gdansk Poland this summer so her and Matt are going to take full advantage of the free plane ticket over and check out Poland, Prague and Croatia.  Sounds so amazing to me and can’t wait to hear all about it.  I thought I would help them out a little in finding great places to see!

Poland

I actually had to look up Gdansk on Google and found these images . . . breathtaking, right?

Well Kim and Matt may not know it, but they’re actually visiting #17 of The 41 Places to Go in 2011 according to the New York Times.  The NYTs had this to say:

17. Sopot and Gdansk, Poland
Poland’s Baltic coast welcomes party hoppers and soccer fans.

Every country with a coastline has its version of the Hamptons. In Poland, it’s Sopot. In the summer, the small city — with its white beach, fin-de-siècle villas and lively cafe- and club-lined boulevard — is packed with young party hoppers from all over Poland and Scandinavia, dancing at flashy venues like the new Dream Club. Vladimir Putin has been known to stay at the palatial Sofitel Grand, which looks over the sea and nearby pier, the longest on the Baltic.

Sopot and the neighboring city of Gdansk (formerly known as Danzig) are gearing up for the 2012 European soccer championships, which will take place throughout Poland and Ukraine. Already there has been a flurry of openings, including a new boutique-style Hilton in Gdansk’s historic center, the Ergo Arena between Sopot and Gdansk (Lady Gaga was one of the first to perform), and a symphony hall with a stylish restaurant in Gdansk that was formerly a power plant. But the biggest debut is further off: the reopening of the beloved Forest Opera, an amphitheater in Sopot, which by 2012 should have 1,000 additional seats and a new roof.
— GISELA WILLIAMS

Another city in Poland they may want to check out is Wroclaw which looks pretty amazing as well and so does Warsaw.  The NYTs put together a 36 Hours in Warsaw itinerary in 2009, which could still be helpful.

When I think of Polish food I immediately think of pierogies and found this place, which has over 15 varieties of pierogies (YUM!). How much do you want these right now?

Prague

Okay, now Prague isn’t on the top 40 places to see in 2011, but it is on Dara’s places to see before she dies list.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to go here?

So the NYTs conveniently put together a 36 Hours in Prague as well, which includes a trip to the St. Vitus Cathedral.

And also St. George’s Convent at Prague Castle. Dedicated to displaying traditional Czech art, the castle convent is especially packed with Gothic and baroque Bohemian iconography as well as portraits of patron saints. The most famous among the unique collection of Czech Gothic panel paintings are those by the Master of the Hohenfurth Altarpiece and the Master Theodoricus. The collections are arranged into special exhibits usually revolving around a specific place, person, or historical time.

Jan Paukert is a 93-year-old deli that claims to have invented the chlebicek, or “little bread,” a popular open-faced sandwich topped with any number of ingredients, including roast beef, ham, egg salad, salami and smoked salmon.  I love pretty much anything that involves smoked salmon.

Now, for one of the coolest things I found in Prague . . . Botel Matylda.  It’s an ADORABLE boat hotel.  How cute is this?

Nice accommodations too!

Kim and Matt – I will pay you to stay here just so I know how cool it really is!  Moving on . . . 🙂

Croatia

This is Dubrovnik which is probably where I would head (I’m sure you can see why :)).  They have a really cool tourist attraction called Walk the Walls.  One tourist said, “The walls of Dubrovnik completely encircle the old city, and walking round them, with their battlements and towers to be climbed and explored, is a quite exhilarating experience. There are superb views from them both over the city and over the surrounding scenery and coastline. It took us over 2 hours to make our way right round with numerous stops en-route to enjoy the views.”

Adriatic Kayak Tours also looks like it has a lot of fun things to do.  I mean, how many people actually get to swim in the Adriatic?  Pretty cool.

The Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel looks pretty dreamy . . .

Another spot they can check out in Croatia is Plitvice Lakes National Park.The stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Lika region of Croatia. The park is surrounded by the mountains Plješevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. The 16 blue-green Plitvice Lakes, which are separated by natural dams of travertine, are situated on the Plitvice plateau. Waterfalls connect the lakes, and the tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall. The Plitvice lakes area boasts a large variety of interesting and colorful flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy walking and hiking the many pathways and trails, or exploring the lakes by boat. The park itself has 3 hotels and a campsite, otherwise visitors can find accommodation at any of the number of villages and cities nearby.

Or they can just follow the itinerary for NYT’s 36 Hours in Zagreb.

And as for one the most important parts of planning of this trip . . . the packing (of course!) . . . I think Kim’s suitcase should include the following.

Yep, even more jealous now.

Written by bevanddara

April 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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