The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial – The Polin Museum of the History of the Polish Jews Our morning was spent visiting the Polin Museum of the History of the Polish Jews which opened in 2013 on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The word “Polin” in Hebrew means “rest here.” The building is modern and according to my research, was designed by the Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamaki […]
We arrived in Warsaw this afternoon after flying in from Helsinki. The weather is warm, about 86 degrees and cloudy. As we drove through the streets from the airport, our guide pointed out some interesting sites along the way. I had been to Warsaw before. It was the year 2000, and I was with my sister Bonnie, and my mother. I remembered the city, just a few years after the fall of communism, as dark […]
The Modern Arts Museum After a bountiful breakfast buffet of fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt and Finlandia cheese, homemade bread, and salmon, we explored Helsinki, beginning with an architectural tour, including the City Center and buildings designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. At the Modern Arts Museum, creative installations reflected ideas in filmmaking and design. At the Iittala and Arabia Design Center, we viewed artwork and ceramics, present and […]
We are relaxing at this idyllic lake about 15 minutes outside of Helsinki beginning to adjust to the 7 hour time difference. Sauna, hot towels, robust coffee and snacks welcome us.