Sombering Krakow

Trip Start Apr 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 17, 2012

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Park Inn by Radisson Krakow
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Saturday, June 2, 2012

We left Olomouc and the Czech Republic behind.   We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived into the Czech via the rickety trains but we were pleasantly surprised by how friendly and helpful everyone was. The towns we visited were clean, re-furbished and there was plenty to see and do.  I guess 23 years has passed since communism ended and these people have moved ahead but for some reason we're still thinking in the past.  This visit has certainly opened our eyes.

Today we're heading to another large city - Krakow, Poland -  basically to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  

We arrived into Krakow during some sort of celebration - the park along the banks of the Wisla River was full of excitement and displayed everything 'family' complete with a huge BBQ - selling of course polish sausage - not like us where we sell hotdogs, burgers & fries, an amusement park, booths selling wares, an outdoor band, and fireworks. There were thousands of people out walking in the park, the streets and the huge town square - even though Krakow was busy -  it was enjoyable.

That same evening we booked a tour to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and celebrated my birthday at an Indian restaurant.  Over the course of the next couple of days we walked the Jewish Quarters, visited the Schindler Museum, and meandered through the University district.

Krakow pronounced KRAK-oof was wonderful - it's full of young, vibrant, attractive and hard working people.  It's scenic and friendly with fabulous park spaces, miles of biking & walking/running trails - my daughter-in-law would love it here:)  It was affordable, great restaurants, theatre, and old churches host small concerts at reasonable prices. 

We're liking Poland and look forward to exploring more of it.

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