Back in Krakow

Trip Start Oct 25, 2007
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Trip End Nov 03, 2007


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

  After breakfast  on the farm (yes, more Kielbasa), we made our way to the city.  I was sad to say goodbye to the chickens and pigs, though. 
On the way back we decided to stop at a Polish cemetery where Katrina's grandparents are buried.  I was taken about by how busy the place was. There were about half dozen flower and candle vendors lining the path to the cemetery.  Once inside there was a flurry of people pouring over tombs of loved ones.  The place was vibrant and bright with autumn flowers and wreaths on every gravesite.  That, mixed with the changing of the leaves left a huge impression on me. 
Driving back we passed through Nowa Huta, which was a symbol of communism in Poland.  The Lenin Steelworks was built here and industrial communism flourished here.  The steelworks still exists, but its no longer named after Lenin! 
  Last night's fog put a kink in our plans for the last in Poland.  We had planned to visit the centuries old Salt Mines in the morning then do the Pharmacy Museum and Wawel Castle in the afternoon.  Unfortunately, we only had time to see Wawel Castle.  This is the historic home of Poland's royal family (Krakow used to be the capital before Warsaw).  An impressive building set upon a hill, it sometimes looks like a mishmash of different building (kinda like LVH-CC).  We went inside, but unfortunately didn't sign up for a guided tour.  The plaques in each room didn't offer very much information, so we just enjoyed the views. 
  On the way back to the hotel, we passed the Pharmacy Museum and realized we missed the closing by only 15 minutes.  All I got was a blurry shot from the outside. 
  Dinner and back to the hotel to pack.  Our plane leaves at 6:30am tomorrow for Beirut!  I don't know if I'll have time to update this from Beirut, but if not, I will certainly do it this weekend.  Thanks for reading !!!
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