So Krakow didn’t have the nicest weather for our duration of stay, making it a little difficult to sightsee and enjoy the city. We arrived at the campsite in the cold rain. It becomes very hard to maneuver around a van without getting everything wet and muddy but we are getting pretty good at the van dance so we managed to organize ourselves. It gets very annoying driving into the city centers due to traffic and paid parking so we decided to take the bus into town to do some sightseeing. Not the best day to use public transport but we bundled up and we were okay.
We decided to do a sightseeing tour of the Wawel which is a hill with various Cathedrals, chapels, museums, crypts and a large Castle
. We took a tour of the Castles armory which unfortunately is a pretty small tour due to most of Krakows old weapons and treasures being sold off to pay royal debt. There were some very cool sword guns and armour. Unfortunatly we weren’t allowed to take pictures. Chris also had to leave his Swiss Army knife at the door. Ironic since we were entering rooms filled with giant mases, spears and swords. After the armory we did a tour of the massive Cathedral which is the cathedral where Pope John Paul II did his first mass as a priest and returned to many times throughout his popehood…popedom…whatever its called! The Cathedral was huge and filled with frescos, stained glass and crypts. There were tiny chapels to the sides and the stories of various saints to accompany each area. Although I am not very religious it was interesting learning about all the Kings and what they did throughout Polands history. We got a audio tour which helped us notice otherwise obscure details and pointed out the more important areas. We also climbed up the bell tower which consists of 3-4 bells of various sizes (All of which are huge). At the top of the bell tower the view of the city was gorgeous. The bells of the Cathedral only ring on extremely important occasions and haven’t rung since the death of Pope John Paul II. We also visited the crypts below the Cathedral of various Kings and heroes of war. The tour was pretty long so we decided to treat ourselves to some Sushi and then took the bus back to our van to relax.
So although the weather wasn’t very nice we managed to see a bit of the city and eat some good food. After a good nights sleep and the hope that the dreary weather would improve it was off to Auschwitz.
I have once again gotten behind on my blogging but better late then never, right?! I'll try my best to remember what’s been going on in the past couple weeks so that you can all continue living through me in jealousy! Hehe!