Thirty years since the fall of communism, this is a country transformed.
It's unnerving to stand at a location which was almost a turning point in history.
'We lose people all the time,' said our local guide. I thought he was kidding.
Chef Bogdan Galazka's turf is the Gothic Cafe & Restaurant within Poland's 13th century Malbork Castle.
Moonshine vodka and matzo ball soup are two of this acclaimed chef's Polish favourites.
Krakow and Warsaw are popular cities to visit but what else?
I have travelled on many budget flights across the continent, but have rarely experienced a flight like this one.