I will post several short posts on Krakow as there were for me too much to include in just one or two. Some of the posts may not be of interest or be too sensitive a subject matter for you; I leave that up to you.
Arrived early enough off the bus from Warsaw to check in and drop our bags at the Mosquito Hostel before exploring the city. Luckily NO mosquitos were seen or heard during our entire stay! Wonder how hostels come up with their names, just like the Oki Doki Hostel in
This was hands down the best place we’ve stayed all trip: fantastic location just a 10 minute walk from the combination bus and train station, super friendly staff, breakfasts and a light repast for dinner, free use of the washer including detergent all included in the $56 per night price. Only wrinkle for us was we had Room 1, located just inches away from the front door and reception area so it was not the most peaceful rest we had each of the 5 nights we stayed. This would be a perfect hostel for the ‘younger’ set as the young staff hosted nightly drinking games, pub crawls, etc which, judging by the revelry around 9:30 every night outside our door, must have been a hit.
|What a nice change to have a double bed |
again as we've only had twin beds for so long.
|Much of the HUGE square still harked back to|
its medieval roots as a trading center. Not until
we saw the lovely crafts for sale was it apparent
that Krakow is almost a world unto itself,
totally unlike what we'd seen in the other 4 cities
|Wish we had a spot to put these at home|
as they were just stunning.
|Loved the ceramic ware but too heavy and |
fragile to bring home alas. Again, we'd never seen any
ceramic items like this for sale previously.
|Interior of St Adalbert's Church.|
|What can be more charming than this?|
Cloth Hall: The building dominates the middle of the square and was once the center of
|Very difficult to get the entire Cloth Hall in a photo as it's so huge.|
|Intriguing strolling through the interior of Cloth Hall.|
|Above all the market stalls were emblems of |
Polish towns; if you look closely in the preceding
picture, you may be able to see them
on each side at the top of the photo.
Some nighttime shots of Cloth Hall
Wawel Hill and Castle: Situated at the top of a hill overlooking Warsaw, the castle was the seat of Polish kings for over 500 years; even after the center of power moved to Warsaw in the late 16th C., it retained much of its symbolic power. It’s one of the country’s most popular sights for Poles and foreigners alike but we didn’t spend enough time there to truly appreciate it.
|Walking toward the castle.|
|Wawel Hill in the foreground and Wawel Castle in the background.|