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AFRICA
ROUND UPS

Safari Planner 10/10
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
BAHRAIN
Secret Formula • 10/08
BOTSWANA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ETHIOPIA
Northern Treasures 11/10
Riding Modern Wave 0708
Endearing Ethiopia • 01/ 07
Cover feature • 02/ 02

JORDAN
Historical Days & Arabian Nights 7/10
KENYA

Make a Dash for Kenya 6/10
A Great Adventure 3/10
Kenya’s Annual Epic 11/09
Kenya’s Big Five Appeal 7/09
Selling Safaris 1/09
Safaris (cover) • 06/ 08
Under the Stars • 12/07
...and Tanzania • 09/07
Ecotourism Nation • 06/ 07

MOROCCO
Morocco Mosaic 9/10
Marrakesh, so Magically 10/09
Unlimited Appeal 10/08
Millions in Visitors • 01/ 08

Large & Lovely • 08/ 07
Off the Beaten Road • 02/06

QATAR
Flourishing in the Desert 11/10
SOUTH AFRICA

Open for Business! 710
Soccer in 2010 10/09
ASTA IDE 2009 1/09
Re-Invents Itself • 05/ 08
Wine Harvest • 07/ 07
Western Cape • 03/ 07

TANZANIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Safaris Without Borders 1/10
Classic safaris • 09/08
Its Own Mission • 05/ 08
No longer little sister • 09/07

TUNISIA
A Taste of Tunisia • 05/06 UGANDA
Emerges from Shell• 08/06
ZAMBIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ZIMBABWE

Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07


ASIA
AUSTRALIA
Natural Wonders 12/10
Ten Things To Experience in Sydney 8/10
From Culture to Nature 12/09
Aussie Outback 1/09
Melbourne's Wild Side• 0708
Driving Business • 02/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07
Stellar Attractions • 02/ 07

CHINA
Beijing Your Way COV 1/11
Hotel Boom Continues 10/10
Voluntourism 7/10
Tthe Real China COVER 1/10
Beijing Hotel Boom 11/08
Reaches for the Moon • 03/ 08
Tourism Wave • 11/07
Guangzhou • 03/ 07

COOK ISLANDS
Live out your dream 09/08
The latest Hot Spot • 12/07
Paradise Contention • 10/07

FIJI
Fiji’s Many Faces 9/10
Tropical Touchdown 10/08
Smile You're on Fiji • 02/ 08
Tropical Getaway • 01/06

INDIA
A Bright Future 10/10
Awestruck in India &
New Travel Products for 2010-11
Expands Tourism Territory 3/10
Cultural Journey 12/09
Mumbai Revisited 3/09
Kochi: Calm, Complex 12/08
Sacred to Sublime • 08/08
Mumbai's Bollywood • 05/ 08
Driving Business • 12/07
Madyha Pradesh • 07/ 07
Maharashtra • 06/ 07
What's New • 05/ 07

JAPAN
Neo-Ryo 11/10
2010 is Visit Japan Year 5/10
Jeju’s Enticing Mix 12/09
Luxury Travel Forum 1/09
In and out of Tokyo • 08/ 08
KOREA
Ceramic Arts 9/10
Historic & Cultura 5/10 COVER
48 Hours in Seoul 11/09
Traveling to Korea to Eat 10/09
Affordable Seoul 1/09
New Arts Center • 09/08
Sancturay in Temples • 12/07

Jeju Island • 02/ 07
ASTA Expo • 01/ 07

LAOS
Cave City Opens • 04/ 07
MACAU
Beyond Gaming • 01/ 08
Taking a Bow • 07/ 07

MALAYSIA
Sizzling Malaysia 3/10
Sight seeing • 02/06
NEW CALEDONIA
The Secret is Out • 07/08
NEW ZEALAND
A Taste of Wine Country
Bumped Ski Season 08/09
Discounted Five-Star 3/09
Luxury & Adventure • 04/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07

SINGAPORE
What Makes Singapore Hot for 2010? 01/10
Singapore Corners SE Asia Market 10/09
Value and Deals 7/09
TAIWAN
Lantern Festival 3/10
Warm Welcome • 03/06



THAILAND
Welcomes Visitors Back 8/10

City Chic to Rural Respite 5/10
Asia’s New Island of Tourism 3/10
Elephant Back Riding • 08/06

Exotic Bangkok • 02/06
VIETNAM

Luxurious Adventure • 09/07

CARIBBEAN
ROUND UP FEATURES

Caribbean Family Holiday 11/10
Summer Deals 5/10
Passion in Paradise 1/10
ANGUILLA
Happy in Eastern Carib 12/10
A Sliver of Shangri-La
Big Agent Plans for 2010 10/09
Branding of Anguilla 11/08
New Celebrity Status • 04/ 08
Winter Curtain Call • 01/ 08
Secret is out • 05/ 07 cover

Off-Posh Prices • 04/ 07

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
The Beach is the Beginning 10/10
The Sandy Sister 02/10
Spread Carnival Fever 7/09
Festive Side 09/08
Wedding Bells- 07/08 Cover
Tropical Paradise • 05/ 08

Blessed with Beauty • 09/ 07
Twin Deals • 06/ 07

ARUBA
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Divi"s Inside Edge 12/08
BARBADOS
A Blue Sky Holiday 6/10
The Bajan Macation • 04/ 08
BAHAMAS
Cable Beach • 06/08
BONAIRE
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
CAYMAN ISLANDS

CITE Report on Caymans 7/09
CITE Report • 09/ 07

CURACAO
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Onsite Report 4/07
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Five Star Race • 0608
La Romana • 11/07
New hot Spot • 0107

GRENADA
Moves into Tourism
GUYANA
Land of Many Waters • 04/06
JAMAICA
Tie The Knot In Jamaica 0111
Jamaica on a Roll 710
The Heart of Jamaica 11/09
Luxury in Jamaica 11/09
Committed to Tourism • 8/08
Cool Green • 02/ 08

Waterparks • 10/07
Hidden Charms • 03/ 07

MARTINIQUE
Isle of Flowers • 05/ 07
Living Well • 02/06
PUERTO RICO
Beyond the Surf, Sand...3/10
Golfing 08/09
Star-Studded 12/08
SAINT MARTIN
Paassionate & Plaayful
Taste of Europe 12/08
Upper Market • 07/08
SMART Report • 07/ 07

ST. KITTS
Caribbean’s Sweetheart 910
Expansion Plans • 03/ 08
ST. LUCIA
The Newest Edge 12/09
For Kids & Grown-Ups 10/08
Almond Smugglers • 09/ 07

From Golf to Marinas • 06/06

ST. VINCENT &

THE GRENADINES

Island Hopping • 03/ 08
TURKS & CAICOS
Gold Coast 10/09
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

America’s Caribbean 3/10
Team Spirit 12/08

EUROPE
ROUND UPS

Jewish Heritage 0111
Central Eastern Europe 03/10

AUSTRIA
Vienna Tops the List of Best Cities To Live In 6/10
Waltz through Vienna 11/09
Vienna: Hip & Festive 3/09
Vienna's Passion 10/08
Vienna Culture • 05/ 08
Along the Danube • 04/ 08

New Properties • 09/ 07
atcb Unites Region • 06/ 07
Vienna Happenings • 03/ 07

BELGIUM
River Towns 12/10
FLANDERS for the Casual Connoisseur 9/10 COVER
FLANDERS
Cultivating a
Taste for Finer Things 3/10
FLANDERS Antwerp 12/09FLANDERS: Stellar Sites 10/09
Arrive as a Visitor, Leave as a Belgian 08/09
Belgian Hotels • 07/08
Wallonia • 10/07

BRITAIN
Trail Back to London 3/10
Weekend in London 12/08
Top Hotels 06/ 08
Liverpool • 04/ 08
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107

BULGARIA
Central Eastern Europe 03/08
CANARY ISLANDS
Classics in Canaries • 01/08 Sunny Canaries • 11/ 06
CROATIA
A Country for All Seasons 910
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast 3/10
Europe’s Newest Riviera 4/09
Something big in 2009 • 09/08
Wine Country • 04/ 08

Cultural Circle• 10/07
Heart & Soul • 04/ 07

CYPRUS
Highlights From the Birthplace of Beauty Cover Nov. 2010
Cyprus thru Centuries 1/10
Golden Anniversary 10/09
Cypriot Primer 10/08
From Wine to Water 6/08
Loving the Island • 10/07
Cool Cats • 09/ 07


CZECH REPUBLIC
Gentle Evolution Cover 7/10
Bohemian Attractions 12/09
Footsteps of princes 10/08
For Young at Heart • 08/ 07

DENMARK
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Culture & History • 01/06
FINLAND
Helsinki By Design 810
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Not just in Summer 10/08
Helsinki's New Face • 04/ 08
Rauma • 05/06

FRANCE
Design Hotels In Paris 11/10
France’s Big Summer Festivals
Still Among Top Five 1/09
Rhone Alpes Region • 02/ 08
ASTA in Lyon • 12/ 07
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107


GERMANY
Promoting Health & Wellness 10/10 Cover Feature
Mainz and Much More 6/10
Designs on creative Germany 3/10
Oberammergau Passion Play 08/09
GTM ’09 Visits Northeast 7/09
Networking in Bavaria • 09/08
Beating the Euro • 04/ 08
Posh Palaces • 03/ 08

Automotives • 03/ 07
What Not to Miss • 02/ 07
Dusseldorf • 09/06
GREECE
Northern Escapades 10/10
Greek Suppliers • 08/08
Greek Cruises • 02/08
Island Trio • 08/ 07

GREENLAND
New Access • 05/ 07
HOLLAND
Rembrandt & Tulips • 01/06
HUNGARY
High End Value, Old World Ambience 5/10
Budapest Live Arts 12/08
Celebrating Budapest • 04/ 08

IRELAND
Go where Ireland Directs your 310
Finding Yourself • 03/ 08
Dublin • 11/07
Foynes SeaPlanes • 10/07

ITALY
Salerno, Amalfi Coast 11/10
Get Lost in Erice, Sicily 5/10
The Veneto 1/10
Tuscany 03/09
Roman Revival1/09 Cover
Ri mini celebrates 11/08
Deals & Sunshine 09/08
Affordable Italy 6/08
Western Sicily • 01/ 08

Abruzzo • 07/ 07

LITHUANIA
Close up at Vilnus • 08/ 07
MALTA
Historic Tempos 12/08
Many Faces • 05/04

NORWAY
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Stavanger • 04/ 08

In the fjords • 01/06

POLAND
Fall In Love With Warsaw 810

Top Summer Destination 510
Old cities Revisited 11/08
New Found Power • 04/ 08
Gdansk • 05/ 07

Krakow • 02/06

PORTUGAL
Azorean Journey 0111
What’s New in Portugal? 9/10
Invests for Tomorrow 10/09
Heritage Travel 1/09
Affordable Luxury • 07/07
Hosts Wine Tasting • 10/07

Out of Lisbon • 11/07
ROMANIA
Town and Country 11/09
CEE Round up • 03/08

Great Value • 06/06
RUSSIA
Siberia and the Trans-Siberian: The Mother of Rail Rides 07/09
St. Petersburg • 07/08
W inter Festivals • 11/07
St Peterburg • 02/ 07

SCOTLAND
Scotland's Spirit • 12/07
Glasgow with Style • 0706

SLOVAKIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
10 Reason to Visit • 10/04
SLOVENIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
SPAIN
Road to Santiago 3/10 Cover
Valencia Shimmers 11/09
Barcelona & Costa Brava
Discover Galicia 1/09
Barcelona 12/08
Great Off Season Value 10/08
Andalusia (Cover) • 08/08
Malaga's Culture• 05/ 08

Zaragoza • 01/08

Iberia's Capitals • 12/07
Prado's Debuts • 11/07
Cutting Edge Madrid • 08/ 07
Valencia • 04/ 07

SWEDEN
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
SWITZERLAND
Eye on Premium Prize 7/09
Cultural Lavaux • 02/08
Basel, Fribourg • 09/ 07
Basel Quietly Classy • 05/ 07
Scenic Postbus • 01/ 07

TURKEY
Cave Hopping in Cappadocia
Turkey’s Treasures 12/09
Seductive Istanbul 5/09
Hideaway 'St. Tropez' 11/08
Land of Sunrise • 05/ 08
Endless Mysteries • 07/ 07

UKRAINE
Top Ten Sights • 07/ 07

LATIN AMERICA
Round Up Feature
Live The Dream 1210
S. & C America • May 2008
ARGENTINA
Summer Escapes 0111
Maté to Malbec 810
24 Hrs in Buenos Aires 12/09
From A to C • 11/07
Learning to Tango • 10/05

BELIZE
Accessible Inland/Island Vacations 810
Belize Cruises 1/10
Heritage Groups • 02/08
Family Adventure • 07/ 07

BOLIVIA
May 2008
BRAZIL
Big, Fat Party in Brazil 10/09
Heart & Soul • 08/08
Bossa Nova Beaches • 03/08
Carnival • 09/07
Agent's Bargain • 05/ 07

CHILE
Comunas to Cordillera 710
Atacama Desert Gets Hotter 3/10
Chilean Surprises 11/09
From A to C • 11/07
Isla Negra • 07/0
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COLOMBIA
Islas del Rosario 5/10
Cartagena Day Trips 08/09
Takes Giant Leap • 12/06
COSTA RICA
Natural Wealth 9/10
Eco Tourism at the Source7/09
Green Pot of Gold • 07/08
T he Greening • 10/07
A Front Runner • 03/07

CURAÇAO
Down Under • 04/ 07
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
Best of Both Hemispheres 710
Visiting Paradise 08/09
Secret Pacific Coast 3/09
Ever Changing 11/08
Traveling Mindfully • 01/08

Fragile & Focused • 08/ 07

EL SALVADOR
New World (Cover) • 11/ 07
GUATEMALA
Meet me at the fountain 12/08
Land of everlasting Spring 05

HONDURAS
Hello to Honduras 2/05 Cover
May 200
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MEXICO
Colonial Mexico 10/10
Fulfilling Your Basic Needs 6/10
The Soulful Side 12/09
Los Cabos for Luxurious Adventure 7/09
Hotel Chains 12/08
Uncommon Retreats • 0708
Report from Tianguis • 6/08
Puerto Vallarta • 12/07
Yucatan Glory Days • 07/ 07
Yucatan Peninsula • 05/ 07

NICARAGUA
May 2008 Round Up
Natural Beauty • 01/06

PANAMA
Growth Spurt • 0/ 07
Boca del Toro • 05/06

PARAGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
PERU
Amazon Odyssey: 11/10
Ancient Powers • 0908
Machu Picchu • 4/ 08
Festivals • 04/ 07

URUGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
VENEZUELA

May 2008 Round Up

THE MIDDLE EAST
DUBAI
Dubai’s Shifting Reality 3/09
EGYPT
Enduring Appeal 12/10
Beyond the Pyramids 810
Ancient Times, Modern World 4/10
Tourism Growth 12/09
Captivating, Affordable 12/08
Gaining Marketshares • 08/08
The Future is Now • 4/ 08

Touring • 11/07
Alone & Neighbors • 6/ 07
Temple Trekking • 7/06

ISRAEL
COVER: Negev Desert 12/10
Acre’s Old City 10/10
Exploring The Eco-Way
Israel Young and Old 11/09
Return to Little Screen 11/08
Spotlight on Haifa • 09/08
Sweet Secrets • 6/08
Eilat in Winter • 3/08
Beyond the Bible Belt • 1/ 08
Wine Routes • 11/07
Beyond Spiritual Ties • 9/ 07
Promises & Potential • 5/ 07

JORDAN
Plans for Next Millennium 7/09
New Sporting Life 3/09
The Royal Way... • 2/ 08
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oman–An Arabian Odyssey 910
Dubai Sands & Seas 12/08
Business in Dubai • 2/ 07
US

CANADA, HAWAII
ROUND UP SPAS
Dude Ranch Summer Deals 5/10
When Healing is More than Skin Deep
1/10
ALASKA
Fairbanks • 02/ 07
CALIFORNIA
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country 910
San Francisco • 01/ 08
Los Angeles • 01/ 07
CANADA
72 Hours in Montréal 710
Discover Quebec 7/09
Canadian Rail • 02/ 08

COLORADO
Vail’s Green Approach • 10/08
Supreme in Snow • 01/ 08

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
Perfect Weekend in DC 5/10
Gaylord National Park 11/08

FLORIDA
Orlando’s Attractions
Orlando’s Eternal Appeal 11/09
Orlando • 09/08
Naples • 03/ 08

Palm Beach • 11/07

HAWAII
Star Studded Courses • 04/ 08
Aloha Appeal • 08/ 07

LOUISIANA
New Orleans Child’s Play 8/09
New Orleans • 05/ 08
MAINE
Northeast Foliage 810
MAUI

Unforgettable Maui 5/09
NEVADA
Las Vegas, New & Renewed 6/10
Las Vegas • 04/ 08
Mandalay Bay • 12/07

Downtown Las Vegas • 07/ 07

NEW YORK
New York Deals 12/09
Big Apple Waterfalls • 08/08
TENNESSEE
Nowhere but Nashville 070
WASHINGTON
San Juan Island Adventure 11/10
WISCONSIN

Scenic Vacationland 1/09

CRUISE
ANTARTICA

In style in Antartica • 02/ 08
ASIA
China’s Heavenly River With Viking River Cruises 12/09
Yangtze River Rises to Star Status 08/09
China Yangtze River • 01/ 08

Viking River Cruises • 12/07
The South Pacific • 06/ 07

EUROPE
Ships & Itineraries Update 5/10
River Cruising • 03/08
Louis Cruises • 02/08
River & Canals • 03/07
The Danube • 01/07

LATIN AMERICA
Cruising Latin Beat • 11/07
WORLWIDE
Oasis Overtakes the Seas 1/10
Celebrity’s Solstice 1/09
Short & Sweet 09/08
High Seas Holiday • 09/07

SPECIAL INTEREST • SKI
WORLDWIDE

Passion for food 05/07
GOLF
Off Shore Courses • 10/07
RAIL
Europe Rail Travel 6/08
SAFARIS
African Safaris 3/10
African Safaris 6/08

SKI
Skiing the Northeast 12/10
Best US Ski-Cations Without the Crowds 11/09
Colorado • 01/ 08
Snow in right places • 12/ 07
Western USA • 9/07


July/August 2013 FEATURE

Embrace Poland’s Storied Past, its Brilliant Present

By Maria Lisella

Poland may quite possibly be the most underappreciated country in Central Europe. Hardly the dark backwater the Western press depicted it under Communist rule, Poland has been a member of the the European Union since 2004. It uses its own currency (zloty), and Fortune 500 companies flock in hiring a mine of educated natives. It borders seven countries and while preserving, renewing and restoring its cultural wealth - from its 14 UNESCO sites to castles, manorhouses, and agritourism accommodations, Poland’s tourism infrastructure is expansive and welcoming.

Last year tourism brought in $25 billion, or about five percent of Poland’s GDP according to the World Economic Forum. Jobs in this sector are also on the rise at a rate of just under five percent. LOT Polish Airlines has managed to get that Dreamliner into the air from the U.S.
Poland is a sleeping beauty that needs a louder trumpet call to attract more U.S. visitors. Maybe that legendary fellow at the highest tower of St. Mary’s Cathedral who played the Hejnal Mariacki (“Hey-now Mahr-yahts-kee”) to warn of the impending Mongol invasion in 1241 could alert the world to the new Poland.

Any guide will rattle off the quick and tragic history of Poland, which is a place that some tried to obliterate during its 1,000-year-plus existence (it was “baptized” in 966 AD when it adopted Christianity). Poland might be the most fought over country in Central Europe.Nowhere is the historical tug-of-war more evident than in Lower Silesia’s capital of Wroclaw: since medieval times, it has been tossed from Bohemia, to Poland, to Bohemia, Austro-Hungary, Prussia, Germany, Czech, and Germany before coming back to Poland as a result of the Yalta Treaty in 1945.

Culturally, Poland has its Fryderyk Chopin, Jan Paderewski, Kosciuszko and other names that have traveled across the Atlantic into a collective consciousness - Martha Stewart, Andy Warhol, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul, Loretta Swit, Roman Polanski and Nobel-prize winning poets, Wislawa Szymborska, and Czeslaw Milosz.

American travel routes stick to Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz, Zakopane or Czestochowa. If visitor tastes kept pace with tourism, that route could expand to include Wroclaw (pronounced Vrotslav) in time for its reign as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2016. As capital of Lower Silesia, it is a jumping off point for UNESCO’s wooden Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica; Europe’s remaining primeval forest (Bialowieza) and desert (Bledow); for castle stays; spa visits; and tours of the premier poettery in Boleslawiec, 80% of which is sold in the U.S.
Three-night stays can accommodate daytrips: the Wieliczka Salt Mine, 10 miles east of Krakow now has a new visitors center, and the four-star Hotel Grand Sal at Wieliczka

(www.grandsal.pl) debuted in 2009. Add a westward trip to the Guido Coal Mine (http://pol-and.eu/EN/Guido.html) in Zabrze (pronounced Shabcha) for a ride into a 19th century underworld through shafts cut in solid rock. Both feature underground dining, special event spaces; and weddings are popular at Wieliczka’s chapel carved out of salt.
Part of a 10-country group of European Union nations developing Industrial Tourism, Poland’s Dorota Kosinska says, “This is a way to preserve our industrial past and to learn from it; conference centers keep them relevant.”

Hotel investments have been quick and varied. As Poland’s business hub, Warsaw boasts a roster of international brands: Sheraton (six in Poland), Best Western, Golden Tulip, Hampton by Hilton Hotels are under construction, Hyatt, InterContinental plans to open 30 new properties, Marriott, Novotel, Radisson Blu, Sofitel, and pre-war classics like The Hotel Bristol. The Warsaw Sheraton has a prime location [and an elaborate breakfast buffet] within the embassy district (www.sheraton.pl/en).

Agents may recall the Orbis Hotels’ properties, some of which have been refurbished as three-star properties in the best parts of town like the Hotel Wyspiansky facing Planty Park in Krakow, a five-minute walk to Rynek Glowny (www.hotel-wyspianski.pl).
Homegrown properties include elaborate restoration projects such as the Zamek Kliczków, a castle in Osiecznica near Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia, a member of the Historical Conference Centers of Europe (www.kliczkow.com.pl).
The Hotel Tumski, its sister property in Wroclaw features barge dining on the river close to Cathedral Island and the Botanic Gardens
(www.hotel-tumski.com.pl).

Big Cities, Big Draws
Gateway to Poland, Warsaw has big-city energy appeal, its UNESCO Old Town, its Royal Route, Lazienki Park, and Chopin’s buried heart at Holy Cross Church. Add newer attractions: two museums and vantage viewing points.
Next year marks the 70th Anniversary of the valiant 63-day struggle to liberate Warsaw from German occupation, so plan a visit to The Warsaw Rising Museum. Housed in a former tram power station in the Wola district, this interactive treatment of the historic events is among the best in Europe. Its Belle epoque cafe’s dessert menu is not to be missed. (www.1944.pl/en)
Adjacent to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in the heart of Jewish Warsaw stands the stunning Museum of the History of the Polish Jews. Designed by the Finnish studio of Lahdelma and Mahlamaki, the $200 million project that was primarily funded by the city of Warsaw, attempts to resurrect, and reconnect with Poland’s rich Jewish history(www.jewishmuseum.org.pl/en).

Warsaw can be fun: fly above the city from the Orange Balloon station; view the city across the Vistula River from Gnojna Gora, a landfill that is now a terraced park; the bell tower at St. Anna’s Church; or from the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science.
Pockets of Warsaw like Wola and Praga have gone from edgy to hip and magical places for hot dining spots like Warszawa Wschodnia Restaurant on ul. Minska, Building 46. The Mateusz Gessler-owned venture is one of a cluster of reclaimed industrial buildings (www.gessler.sohofactory.pl).

Singer Joe Cocker recently discovered the homey dining spot of Folk Gospoda on ul. Walicow in Warsaw’s Old Town as did poet Czeslaw Milosz. Prices are affordable for soup and a main course you will pay 20 zloty, under $10 (www.folkgospoda.pl)
Don’t miss Krakow’s classics: Wawel Royal Castle, and the Barbican, not unlike fortified outposts in Carcassone, France or the Tower of London. Inside St. Florian’s gate is Jama Michalika, the 19th century elegant cafe, the most famous in town
(www.jamamichalika.pl).

Change is everywhere: at its most visited UNESCO site, the Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall on the Rynek Glowny, Europe’s largest square, stalls still line the marketplace but a cafe is now perched on the balcony for a lofty view of the Square, and the updated Sukiennice Museum features 19th century

Polish art.
Vying for not-to-be-missed, is the Rynek Underground, the sight of an archeaological dig under the Sukiennice that has morphed into a hi-tech museum that opened in a blaze of publicity in 2010. In the Footsteps of Krakow’s European Identity is a journey in time (www.podziemiarynku.com).

Once forlorn and neglected, Kazimierz, the former Jewish Ghetto, has been resurrected thanks to a new generation eager to stake its claim. Shops hang pre-WWII style signs, inns, spas and 24/7 nightlife have transformed Kazimierz. The Remuh Synagogue’s cemetery is still plaintive. Oskar Schindler’s fabled factory is now a compelling museum (www.oskarschindlersfactory.com).
For a taste of Polish cuisine in a medieval setting, consider the Pod Aniolami or “under the angels.” Downstairs is a monastic-like, candle-lit haven that brims with the clutter of the excavations - from love cups to swords and food vessels, candelabras and bee chasers. A secret ingredient that protects diners from disease is added to the pierogi, says proprietor Jacek Lodzinski. They were exceptional as was the trout and the salmon (www.podaniolami.pl).

Kogel Mogel, the name of a simple, homemade dessert that elicits sighs from Poles - as their moms made this when they had nothing in the pantry, delivers a great dining experience with its menu of Polish food elevated to restaurant status. Try “maczanka krakowska,” translation: pork, bread, onions, which rarely shows up on menus. Don’t forget the kogel mogel. (www.kogel-mogel.pl)

Culture’s Many Forms
Poland’s cultural heartbeat stretches to Wroclaw, a three hour-drive northwest of Krakow. Soon to reign as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2016; it will host the 2014 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship and the World Games in 2017. At presstime, Wroclaw’s Global Forum brought 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, and the 27th International Society for the Performing Arts focused on how artists have played a key role in the process of political change in Poland.

Wroclaw, once known as Breslau under the Germans, is at the confluence of five rivers, the crossroads of two trade routes, and is a university town. Passenger vessels ferry along the Oder river passing small islands within the heart of the city. Its Old Town center is vigilantly cared for, as is the behemoth Centennial Hall, a UNESCO site designed by Max Berg in 1911, which is a modern exhibition and conference center. Just behind the Hall is The Wroclaw Fountain, illuminated by 800 computer-programmed colored lights choreographed to music. When frozen in winter, the Wroclaw Fountain becomes a 51,000 square foot ice skating rink. The Poles are a skilled and practical people who know how to enjoy a thing of beauty.Visit www.poland.travel/en-us