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Krakow

Krakow

 
 
 

As you've probably seen in my last post I've been sorting through my photographs I took in Krakow, as always there was loads so I would be here till next year if I shared them all but i've picked some of my favourites, I love putting together travel posts I can look back on in the future. We visited Poland for 5 days to celebrate my birthday. We had been wanting to go for ages to see Auschwitz and spontaneously booked up one night after seeing flights online for £40. I am going to put together a separate post on Auschwitz & the Salt Mines that we visited as I didnt feel it was appropriate to just lumber the pictures in alongside pretty pictures of Poland, I wanted to dedicate a whole post to explain and remember with respect.

We heard that Poland itself was a lovely place, and that the food and drink was really cheap. Safe to say it didnt disappoint; we really enjoyed it. The Polish were so friendly. We definitely found it very cheap especially in comparison to our last trip to Iceland. The majority of our meals with drinks didn't top £25, crazy prices yet everything was still such great quality. We got our train from the airport to our AirBnB for 75p!  It reminded us a lot of Prague. I'll leave some captions or a little bit of information below some of the pictures for reference... 

 

 
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Our AirBnB...

Our AirBnB was situated in the Jewish Quarter, just a 5 minute walk to the main square and near lots of little bars and restaurants. The interior was mainly wood and white walls, I could have easily moved in tomorrow...

 

Krakow Main Square...

The main Market Square of Krakow is where we spent most of our time when we weren't on a day trip. There's loads of coffee shops, bars and market stalls where you can sit and watch the world go by or take a horse and carriage around Krakow. Gift shops galore too if you're on the hunt for souvenirs; I found a lovely ceramics shop down one of the side streets. Definitely a must see if you're visiting Krakow. 

The Butterfly Museum...

 

This was a bit of a random find whilst walking to the Market Square, it was called 'The Museum of Real Butterflies', it caught our eye as there was a man outside dressed as a giant butterfly, when we converted the price it was only £2.50 each to get in so thought we would have a look. It was a bit of a weird experience, kind of a converted flat that had birds and butterflies flying all round it. The man walked round with us, showing us the stages from a chrysalis to butterfly, telling us they only tend to live for around 5 days. They kept picking the butterflies up and putting them on us, great to get pictures of. For the money it was a canny little find. 

 

 

 

Walking around the City...

 

The light within the city reminded me of Venice, the sun hung low between the buildings and gave a beautiful softbox effect. we did a lot of walking around, so much so that my feet were killing by the end of the trip! There were dogs everywhere, Poles seem to like their pooches which suited me down to the ground as I could stop to stroke one every two minutes.

Bikes and trams are popular ways of getting round the city if you get tired of walking, although everything was pretty close by. The Mariacki Church is one of the most stunning buildings I've ever seen, it stands so tall in the centre of the Square, the architecture is dreamy. You're likely to see lots of Polish food stands around here, they do bagel type things called 'obwarzanek' which are only about 30p if you're looking to try a Polish snack.

Visiting the salt mines...

We started our tour at around 3pm. Upon arrival we met with our tiur guide. We then descended down 378 steps, 210 feet below the ground. The steps took ages to climb down and made me go quite dizzy as you only go down five at a time before turning a sharp corner. The history of the salt mines was really interesting, as it was originally opened in the 13th Century! Everything in the mine is carved out of the rock salt, and the detail in the chapels was honestly breathtaking. The lady informed us that everything in there we were able to touch then lick our hands to taste the salt; it was really serreal that it was salt, it looked like marble.

Eats...

Krakow had so much to offer food-wise, so many different choices along with restaurants offering standard Polish cuisine; perogies though! As mentioned above Krakow in general is very inexpensive in comparison to the UK but we couldn't believe how good value food was! Two restaurants I would highly recommend are Italian restaurant 'Restauracja Boscaiola' and 'Bobby Burger'; this is a Polish burger restaurant chain that do the most unreal burgers for a fraction of the price you'd pay back home, so good. Also if you want a good breakfast/brunch spot the Charlotte Bakery was beautiful as you'll see in the pictures. 

 

 

Home Time...

Overall we both really enjoyed our stay in Krakow; the food, the architecture, the history and not to mention our amazing AirBnB. I would definitely like to visit Poland again. Keep your eyes peeled for the Auschwitz and Salt Mines post. 

'Do następnego razu!'

 
 
 
 
 
Visiting Auschwitz

Visiting Auschwitz

What I wore

What I wore