Wieliczka Salt Mines are a MUST SEE

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
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Trip End Nov 20, 2008


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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Sunday, October 5, 2008

This morning we went on an excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine. The mine is over 800 years old and is amazing. You go down a mine lift to see all these sculptures that have been carved out of salt-some are a couple of hundred years old. There are sculptures of the seven dwarfs and many other subjects as well as three chapels. The largest is AMAZING and HUGE. And everything, frescoes, chandeliers and altars are carved out of salt. It is truely fantastic. They don't look white like you would expect because of impurities in the salt-so if you don't believe it is salt you are invited to 'taste-test' it. Just be warned you may not be the first person in 800 years to taste-test it. haha. The mines are a must see if you are in Krakow.

Went on a walking tour of the old city. Saw the oldest Synagogue in Poland. It is near 'Ariels' a famous Jewish restaurant. Visited the castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill and saw the fire-breathing dragon statue (near dragons cave). Very Cool. Then went back into the old town and visited the Mariacki Church. Amazing frescoes. Have a huge altar piece that has doors so it can be shut up. It was stolen by the Nazis during the war and only recently returned as they had to prove it belonged to their church. Visited the old Cloth Hall-an old market place where they sell traditional polish things. A must see for souvenirs and amber etc. Didn't buy anything as feeling very ill and had the flu-and the cold rainy weather didn't help!
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