|Polish pierogi 'dumplings', nom nom nom...|
Well, I've posted a lot about Auschwitz, but there were some really lovely parts to Kraków, too. Pronounced Krak-ov, rather than the Americanised Krak-aw, apparently.
I stayed at the 70s Hostel just out of sheer curiosity. It was more of a 'room' than a hostel. Very small, but friendly. The kind of place you stay when you don't have much money and plan to be out 90% of the time. More than four people and finding sitting space becomes tricky. But it is situated in the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, which has a lot of character and is an easy walk from the old part of town.
I decided to upgrade to one of their apartments, which was more spacious:
|Funky light bulb.|
|Kitchen, through a suitably 70s string curtain.|
|Horses - of which there are many in Kraków.|
|Tower in the central square from whence |
a trumpet sounds on the hour.
|St. Mary's - large church in the centre.|
|Typical Polish church style.|
|Tributes one year after Poland's Prime Minister died |
in a plane crash.
|Percy Bunny chillaxing.|
It's a nice town, but I think as far as pretty buildings go, and general atmosphere, I preferred Wrocław. There was a bit of a protest going on as it was the one year anniversary of the death of Leck Kaczynski, the Polish PM, in a plane crash. By all accounts he was a bit of a controversial character and there were protesters both in support of his regime, and against.
Still, nice to say I've been, and had a lovely meal in the square with two Swedish friends I made en route to Auschwitz: Annelie and her daughter Rebecka. We really needed that time afterwards to talk through what we'd seen. Visiting any genocide memorial is an extremely affecting experience - it's good to be able to discuss it, rather than bottle it up.