According to CNN, Warsaw is so hot right now. The Eastern European city, mostly destroyed during WWII and meticulously rebuilt according to its original plans, is gearing up to be the IT girl of "undiscovered" European travel destinations for 2007.
From the CNN article:
"To get a feel for the city that was known as the Paris of Eastern Europe before World War II, stroll down Nowy Świat Street, lined with restaurants, cafes, bookstores and small shops. It's part of what's known as Warsaw's Królewski Trakt, or Royal Route. On a recent visit, the music of Frederic Chopin wafted down from an open window of one of the elegant apartments occupying the upper floors.
The street is also home to a sweet Warsaw tradition. Blikle, one of the city's best-known confectioners, has been serving up cakes and pastries since 1869.
It's probably most famous for perfecting the Polish version of the donut: Fist-sized balls of sweet, fragrant yeast dough fried until they're golden-brown and covered with icing. But it's what's inside that gives them their unique taste: A filling of preserves made from pureed rose petals and sugar. They're best when they're still warm, when it's especially hard to eat just one."
Boy, do I ever love a fresh doughnut right before a busy day of sightseeing! I actually considered Warsaw for my solo *30* trip, but decided that I might like Budapest better, what with the baths and all. However, from everything I've read independently and on Warsaw's official web site, I could totally spend some time in Warsaw. The city seems fairly easy to traverse, with lots of sights, shops, and little nooks to discover. Perhaps I've found a contender for the 2008 GO-GO travel list?