Krakow - Jewish Quarter

Trip Start Nov 22, 2013
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Trip End Dec 24, 2013


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Flag of Poland  , Lesser Poland Voivodeship,
Sunday, December 15, 2013

After a bit of a sleep-in, caught the local tram over the river to the former Jewish Ghetto area. Not sure if it was "Travel free Sunday", but we were the only ones to validate our tickets! Could have been 8 zloty wasted! - but at less than $3 for all of us, still way cheaper than a single trip on Adelaide Metro:)

Krakow is very quiet on a Sunday morning - hardly surprising really, considering the weather was struggling to get above zero. Arrived at the "Pharmacy Under the Eagle" and bought a joint ticket to the Pharmacy Museum and Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum. Excellent, moving tributes and displays at both museums, you could spend hours there. The area hasn't been commercialised at all, unlike most tourist sights - no souvenir vendors on the streets, or even merchandise in any shops (didn't even see any shops!) - if you didn't have a map you would struggle to find either of them. Both are in quiet, residential areas (the only indication is the unmarked dedication to the holocaust victims in the square near the pharmacy - which I suspect you aren't meant to pose for photos on, as the lady in the background of our photo is!)

Schindler's Factory is a timeline of the war through Krakow's eyes, with surprisingly little on the factory. Schindler's desk is displayed, as well as the names of all on his list in a room made up of metal pots.

We walked back into town via Wawel Hill, the former royal palace site. Got there too late to buy a ticket, as it was "Get in Free Sunday" for the palace state rooms and the tickets had all gone. Strolled the palace grounds, went in the cathedral, much to the family's delight (ABC - another bloody church), then back to our digs via the Old Town square and every souvenir shop in Krakow!

Only made one boo-boo with food tonight - I bought some (what I thought was) brown bread - turns out it was far denser (and peppery?) than any bread we usually have, and to add insult to injury she sliced it 8mm thick (I did mention toasting, so it think it was her cruel joke!). But what food can't be improved by fat and salt, so butter and Vegemite, here we come!

After a massive zapienkanka for lunch (see the picture), we had a cheese tasting plate we bought from the market for tea, with a beer and another shandy (lemon-lime this time).
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