Orthodox Church in Praga. I snapped the picture while waiting at a red light. A friend told me this is the largest orthodox church in Poland.
Leaving Warsaw by car requires better navigation and orientation skills than I possess... Funny, because I can get oriented just fine when scuba diving or hiking in the mountains somewhere, but leaving this city is always an interesting adventure! I'm sure that as my Polish gets better I'll do fine, but for now the positive aspect of this is that it gives me the opportunity to get to know all sorts of interesting - and not-so-interesting suburbs! Actually, I did pretty well, heading out via Solidarnośc
, crossing the river through Praga and just following signs towards Biał
ystok. We drove by Targówek - past an Ikea and through some rather ugly suburbs for quite a while, but as we got farther from the city , the scenery got really pretty. We drove through a number of forests with pines and birch trees. The girch forests are beautiful with white trunks. The day is gray but brighter than usual. We cross a number of rivers - first the Vistula which has pretty much thawed in the past week, then the Bug (mostly frozen) and the Narew (also mostly ice). The smaller rivers are still frozen, even though the weather has warmed up a bit since their currents are weaker. I had printed maps and instructions from guiacampsa.com, but they weren't too clear, so I stopped at a gas station by Wyszków and bought a good road map of Poland - should have done this a few months ago!