Go East, young Hemphills!
Trip Start Jul 15, 2007
197Trip End Jul 16, 2008
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It feels like we've just completed an unusually long six-week vacation, and we're now beginning our trip in earnest. We arrived yesterday in Krakow, Poland. As we walked from the train station to our hotel (another mile-plus hike, to the kids' dismay), we passed through the central square in the Stare Misto (Old City). Krakow's square is the largest in Europe. Both Amy and I immediately brightened -- this is what we think of when we think of Europe -- squares (places, piazzas, etc.) full of strolling pedestrians, surrounded by quaint old buildings, with restaurants spilling out onto the cobblestones. Street performers, horse-drawn carriages, even pigeons have their place. (Still flying rats, if you ask me.)
Quite a contrast between modern, sparsely-populated, super-clean, rich and efficient Norway to recently-communist, up-and-coming Poland
Last night we had a superb meal at a basement restaurant called Aqua et Vino (Water and Wine). Great Italian food, starting with a small pitcher of prosecco, moving on to a wonderful bottle of Valpolicella for only $25 (compared to $60 for a bottle of generic rosso in Oslo). We all ate too much, including seconds on the terrific bruschetta and a shared tiramisu, all for less than $100. This compares to spending $200 and over for very ordinary meals the few times we dined out in London and Norway.