Greetings from Warsaw, where we arrived this afternoon on a sunny and beautiful afternoon. We missed French President Nicolas Sarkozy by 20 minutes at the royal residence of Lazienki. Nevertheless our students enjoyed the stroll through the beautiful park and they grew quite fond of the peacocks which paraded for them. Google Lazienki Palace, Warsaw, and check it out: it is the palace on the water -- quite romantic. We had a visit of the town afterwards, checked in our hotel (with a fantastic view of the Warsaw skyline), and went to dinner. With my group, we were ten. It was a lot of fun discovering such things as tartar sauce (the European way) and celery root salad. Afterwards we fell into internew heaven when we stopped by an internet cafe. Finally something is working! And I can post text. I would show you a picture of all of us at the Lazienki Palace, but for one thing there are no USB ports at the computer terminal that i am using, and secondly I do not know how to operate my husband's camera. :( But after the trip we will post the hundreds of pictures that have been taken thus far.
Today was a busy day, like every day of our trip: so much to take in, so much to see, so much to do. Our travelers are still doing well and I believe love discovering Poland. I am very proud of our travelers, and you should be very proud of your loved ones, for they are behaving in a way that makes us all proud, and representing you, their institutions, and the United States, quite remarkably well. I have yet to see one of them be late for the morning bus departures! They make my job so easy, it is wonderful.
Tomorrow we go to our last extermination camp, Treblinka, in the morning, then the balance of the afternoon will be spent visiting Warsaw further.
When you think that we landed in Berlin on the day of the Dalai Lama's visit in Berlin, that we were in Prague during the famous Prague Spring Music Festival Days, that we missed Prince Charles of England's inauguration of the Jewish Community Center in Cracow by a couple of weeks, and that we arrived in Warsaw on the day of French President Sarkozy's visit in Warsaw , wouldn't you think that I have excellent timing? :)