One of life’s pleasures is to obtain the ability to travel. I myself like most envisioning myself to someday travel the world and visit various cultures. Currently being employed part-time and being a full time student this will not be possible anytime soon, writing this assignment allows me to plan what I might do in the future. I love to learn about my own family history and for the two trips im going to go on are going to be from my maternal and paternal sides of the family. First my maternal side of the family is from Poland and I will plan a ten-day trip to the many various places to see in Poland. I also have family still there and would plan a side trip one of my days to go visit them. My paternal side of the family s Irish and I will visit Ireland. I will start my travel of a lifetime on July 1st in the Newport News airport at 7:15 pm. I will be flying on delta airlines first class, and with only two stops. I will have a layover in Atlanta as well as Amsterdam. The flight as a whole will be 15 hours and 5 minuets. I will cost $4,889. I will return home to Newport News on the 10th of July at 6:05 am from Warsaw. Before I travel I have compiled a small list of things to know before I travel. * There are no special requirements for entering Poland other than a passport. * Doctors: in Warsaw medical center there are a vast of doctors that speak English. * Electricity: I will need a transformer
* Embassies: call 002/504-27-84
* Emergencies: police tel. 997, fire tel. 998, ambulance tel. 999, road assistance tel. 981 or 9637, 112. The number of English-speaking operators is small. * Restrooms: no many public restrooms available
* Water: safer to buy bottled than to risk drinking tap water I will plan a 10-day trip in Poland using a car to get around. July1st I will land in Poland and rent a car for the 10 days. I will travel to my hotel the Le Meridien Bristol Hotel. Le Meridien Bristol Hotel is the oldest hotel in Warsaw, next to the Presidential Palace. The room I will stay in includes breakfast and is 12,321 zolty (polish money) but in American dollars is only 3,680. I will spend two days in Warsaw exploring the surroundings. Some that I will attend are the Museum of Warsaw’s up rising as well as the old town. Old town is free and you are able to walk around and view the old neighborhood that Nazi’s destroyed. On my third and 4th day I will ride the train to Krakow. It is a 3-hour drive and maybe a 4-hour train ride (trains are slower in Poland). I will visit Krakow’s Old Town on my first day there Old town is The historic center of today's Krakow was once the medieval city established by Prince Boleslav V in the 13th century, which was encircled with defensive walls complete with 47 towers, seven main entrances and a wide moat. I would find a nice sit down restaurant to have an early dinner and travel back to Warsaw to return the next day. On day four I will venture back onto the train to go visit Krakow’s Wawel castle area. It is a National shrine known for its superb religious art including the giant bell of Zygmunt of 1520, one of the world's largest, and the burial place of many Polish kings and their families, national heroes and numerous bishops. On day five I will make a 90-minute car ride to a former Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz/ Birkenau. They have many day tours to educate people on the horrific things that happened there. I feel that it would be necessary to visit this because it was a huge part of history that killed millions. For day 6 and 7 I will visit Poznan to see my family. I will stay with them and have a traditional polish meal. Some examples of a traditional polish dinner would be hot cucumber soup, cabbage soup, Chodnik litewski, which is a yogurt and beetroot soup, served cold with cooked egg. Fasolka po bretonsku, which is a bean and sausage stew, Zrazy zawijane, which is rolled fillets of hashed veal in a spicy sauce and Eberka w miodzie or...