Images from Warszawa Poland

I started composing a huge post today about our family travels to Warsaw, but I can’t quite find the words to adequately express how I feel.  Instead I’m going to break it all down one post at a time in the coming months.

Before I jump into that though, I thought I’d share some images from Warszawa Poland.  That’s how the locals say it: Warszawa, only they don’t say Poland because that’s American-ese, they say Polska.  So it’s actually *garble garble garble Warszawa Poland*.

With lots of the shouting and more shouting.

cobblestone streets

Old town.

hala mirowska


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Who says you can’t go home again?

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presidential palace

Presidential palace.

university of Warsaw

University gardens.

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Downtown view.



couple in love

In love.

coca cola

Coca-Cola light.

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Pope John Paul II.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. the emily :

    Pictures tell the best stories. I love these, and especially that palace. It’s gorgeous! Whoever thinks to visit Poland? Now I want to!

    I had a hard time articulating my first trip overseas, this past April, to Paris. I wrote a post before I posted any pictures or anything ( about feeling a little bit of let-down when I got home. I like your idea of going slowly.

    • Allison :

      I agree Emily. I had so many thoughts brimming through my head abroad, and now it’s a muddle. I’ll get to it though.

  2. Christie :

    These pictures give me chills! We have been to some of these exact places while on mission trips in 2003 and 2006. My husband and I were engaged in Poland on the 2003 trip :) The pic of you and Viktor remind me of us, walking hand in hand on those very streets. It truly is a remarkable country.

    • Allison :

      What a sweet trip, I love it!

  3. Celeste :

    I really love your posts about Poland. My Grandparents on both sides immigrated, and both my parents had the chance to visit their parents birthplace. I always thought I would get a chance to visit with my parents–heck I always thought I would learn to speak Polish (both parents were fluent). But that was not meant to be, and both my parents are gone now. Looking at your pictures and seeing a modern, free Poland–I want to go more than ever. Someday….maybe. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through your photos. Keep ’em coming. :)

    • Allison :

      I’ll keep the photos coming, and I love that you have such rich Polish history. It’s such an amazing heritage.

  4. Michelle :

    Beautiful pictures! OMG, I would luuuv to shop for produce at that market….we don’t even have a farmer’s market that can touch it….

    • Allison :

      Our farmers market is a sad sad place compared to the produce at our {summer only} market.

  5. Monika :

    Oh..hank you for this post! I’m Polish and I lived in Warszawa for some years.. I totally love this city and I hope I will come back there soon.. Now I live in Paris because my husband is French (but we met and lived together in Poland before)..
    buziaki!!! :)

    • Allison :

      I loved Warszawa and I can’t wait to go back! I can’t say Paris is a bad deal though….

  6. Kristin :

    I love looking at your photos. My husband and I sat down the other night at looked at your photos and read the blogs. He spent some time in CZ and I know he wants to take us all there. I was under the impression you couldn’t do it with children. BUt maybe we can…

    • Allison :

      You can TOTALLY do it with kids! Easy peasy. Well not totally easy peasy, but it’s 100% doable and so much fun.

  7. Katelyn :

    I love that couple waiting at the crosswalk – the one with the gal in the white shirt and black cardi. They look like they could be in a commercial with their happiness!

    • Allison :

      Isn’t that the cutest? I wish I could have zoomed in, they were adorable.