Thursday, June 28, 2012

Krakow, Poland

We left Wroclaw and boarded the train for Krakow. Once again, train travel is so relaxing, although this was a super slow train and I think it probably took twice as long than it would have to drive.
But, I was able to write my blog and to continue with my Hexie hand work project.

From the first day when we decided to go to Krakow instead of Warsaw I have had to think twice before I say "Krakow". I still have Warsaw in my head. But I am so glad we deciced to go to Krakow. The square is one of the most beautiful squares we have ever seen in Europe.

a room with a view

The weather has been so strange. On with the jacket, off with the jacket, then back on with the jacket. Every five minutes it's something different. Rain was predicted for all day today, but it only rained during the night, last night.
Growing up eating Polish and Slovak foods, I am spoiled or totally in the dark as to what is good food. My mom, aunts, uncles and grandmothers were all very good cooks. But here in Poland, we have not been able to find a really good meal. Yes, we had great pierogies one day for lunch,
cherry and plum pierogies

potato/cheese and meat/mushroom pierogies

but we have had a heck of a time finding a good place for dinner. We don't see anyone eating dinner in any of the cafes or restaurants. It seems they all have ice cream and/or beer for dinner!

Yesterday, we went on the Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration camp tour. It was heartbreaking, eye opening and sad all at the same time, but we are glad to have gone. We had a very knowledgeable, English speaking guide which was very helpful. She seemed to have all the dates and facts in her head. 
We met a lovely couple on our tour, Carolyn and Rob, who just got engaged in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they met 6 years romantic. They are from San Francisco, so we had a lot to talk about. We love spending time with young couples just starting out. Before dinner we walked through some of the smaller streets outside of the market square and took some photos.

We read there are 142 churches in Krakow city limits and 32 in the old town, alone....I don't think we could see them all if we were here a month! I just love seeing all the priests and nuns walking around. We have seen ever color of habit and more styles of wimples than ever before.

I also added to my collection of photos of doors. I just love old doors and passages.

Today was our last full day in Krakow. We  walked to the castle and also the old Jewish Quarter and just sort of melted into the area, taking it slow and easy today. We also saw where Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul II lived, when he was the Archbishop of Krakow from 1951-1967.

We have gotten lucky with our choices of hotels, making 3/3 good choices. Let's hope the next one will be just as comfortable.

Thanks for stopping by,



Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Thank you for the great tour; got to love the word 'Wimple' x

Katy Cameron said...

Fab tour, and loving all the door pics! I wonder if you'd have been quite so enamoured of trains if you were on the one I was on tonight o.O It was, shall we say, a rather noisy commute home from work (I seem to have been boarding the trains with all the weirdos this week)

Lesley said...

Your trip is amazing! Love your photos and am so impressed with both your skill at taking pictures and your skill at posting about your travels...I feel like I'm along for the ride! Continue to enjoy...

Susan Snooks said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing journey! The doors... the all looks wonderful!

Becky said...

WOW! What an amazing blog tour guide you are! Those are just amazing pictures!! Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Great pics Di! Sounds like an amazing trip.

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

The pictures are beautiful so I imagine it is even better in real life! Love the pic of you and your husband. He's so tall! Looks like you are having a wonderful time. I'm off to read your other posts and catch up on your trip! xo

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

LOVE your pictures! It looks like a dream trip. You and your hubby are such a cute couple!!

Geri said...

Great pics - I can't believe you have almost 500 followers! You go girl (I have 19 on my new blog...ha ha!) You both look cute in the picture against the wooden door/wall. You look so short since you have one leg bent! Paul looks like a giant!

Dianne Neale said...

Wonderful photos! A
Is your husband really sooo much taller than you?

Brigitte said...

Such an interesting place with beatiful and terrible impressions. The ghetto gives me goosebumbs, especially cause I'm part of a nation who caused all this cruelty.
And then again all the charm of the square.
Enjoy the rest of your journey