Jason and Shannon are having a few peaceful days just for themselves, and can squabble a much as they like without Cissie or Thelma butting in, as they have gone to Warsaw for a few days to visit some very distant relations. The *Kids* are staying in Cissie’s flat, looking after her Budgies, and enjoying not having the *old girls* around. Azhar comes over and tells them all about the wonderful *life experiences* he had in Thailand. Jason looks envious, so Shannon digs him in the ribs and reminds him that he had a good time at home, too, which he can’t deny.
They have the usual problems of getting the exhaustive luggage of the two into the car and to the airport. Thelma keeps shouting at Jason to drive more slowly, Cissie keeps exhorting him to hurry up, and Shannon telling them all to shut up. After the usual haggling at the check in with the excess baggage, they wave happily as the two waddle through flight control to board their plane. They luckily get a row of three seats just for themselves, so nobody has to suffer being squeezed in between them, as Thelma always insists on sitting on the gangway side, and Cissie at the window....
In Warsaw they stay with Cissie’s cousin- twice- removed, Lydia, who makes them very welcome. They love the Polish food, which is good, rich in calories and in abundant measure....mounds of sausages, wonderful soups and stews, pieroggi filled with potatoes, mushrooms and meat, chlodnik - cold beet soup made of soured milk, young beet leaves, beets, cucumbers and chopped fresh dill, and one of Cissie’s favourites, kapuśniak - Cabbage soup with chicken and carrot. Of course, we must not forget all the wonderful sweet dishes and cakes - Makowiec, Pączek, Pierniki, Sernik, mazurek , Chałka, Krówki, Ptasie, Mleczko, Kisiel, Budyń, and many, many more. Her fave is Makowiec- Sweet poppy seed-swirl cake, with raisins and walnuts. They buy some Polish beer to take back home for the Budgie-sitters.
While they are there they visit lots of relatives, the old city centre,the Kazienki Palace, and a part of the wall belonging to the Ghetto, which brings back lots of sad memories of the terrible things that happened during WWII, and the murder and deportation of thousands of Jews.
They find lots of shops and cafés, too, and enjoy their visit, which flies by very quickly. They take a different route home. They go by coach to Lviv, (Lemberg) on the Polish/Ukrainian border, and see the preparations being made for the European Football Cup. Lviv was a major centre of Polish culture for hundreds of years, before being made part of the Soviet Union after the German-Russian invasion in 1939, and being integrated into the Ukraine by the Treaty of Yalta in 1944.
(All photos courtesy of Wikipedia)
This is the card that they send to Jason and Shannon from Warsaw:
The card shows the flag and emblem of the town of Warsaw. Warsaw's name in the Polish language, Warszawa (also formerly spelled Warszewa and Warszowa), means "belonging to Warsz", Warsz being a shortened form of the masculine name of Slavic origin Warcisław. Folk etymology attributes the city name to a fisherman Wars and his wife Sawa. According to legend, Sawa was a mermaid living in the Vistula River with whom Wars fell in love. The card has been made by collaging the red and yellow stripes with the emblem and the usual photo of Cissie, who is wearing her new red-and-yellow outfit - very daring!
On the way home, Cissie says she is very much looking forward to getting home and going out for some good food. *Good food?* warbles Thelma, *We haven’t stopped eating all week!* *True*, says Cissie. *But we didn’t have any fish and chips! And the tea was just not the same as back home!*
For Paint Party Friday I am sharing another old nude, once painted in 1991, using tempera colours on water colour paper:
That's all for today, have a good day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for visiting!