Warsaw, March 2007
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I was planning on flying to Warsaw on Thursday March 1 but there were severe thunderstorms in the Midwest that day. Besides that, my friends flight from Seattle to Chicago was delayed beyond making the connection to the LOT flight bound for Warsaw.
I was going to Warsaw for the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe.
I changed the date to Thursday March 16 and even though my friend could not make it this time, I went anyway. The flights to Chicago that day were all looking kind of "iffy" so I decided to drive up to O'Hare airport. The LOT airlines 767-300 was booked near capacity and I did not know for sure if I would make the flight so I waited patiently by the gate for them to call my name.
The day was looking real nice as it was sunny and the announced temperature was over 50 degrees F. I was tired and immigration was a slow, but pleasant process. Customs was much quicker because I only had a carry-on and was the first one through.
I went outside and caught the bus to the city and exited near the railway station. I walked about 5 to 10 minutes to the Mercure Hotel, where I would be staying. After checking in, I quickly showered and changed so I could go explore the city.
The next day, I walked around Warsaw in a light rain, before heading to Okecie Airport for the LOT flight back to Chicago.
Would I go back? Yes! I loved this city! It is so inexpensive compared to most of Europe.
Would I fly LOT again? Probably not on a long haul. The Flight Attendants were awesome! The 767 was old though and lacking modern entertainment systems. They have ordered the 787 though, so the service should get better.
Would I stay at the Mercure-Frederic Chopin again? Yes. It was only $35 with the airline discount. It was clean and close to everything.