A Good Day to Live had a great post about Poland and its lovely cities, thinking he may want to visit Krakow on a later date. And as I think Krakow definitively is worth a visit, I’ll tempt you with a few pictures from there! The last time I was in Krakow was in 2011, back then travelling with an 11-month old.
What I most remember was the change in the local people since 1998, the previous time I was in this beautiful and well maintained city. In 1998 we were travelling around in Poland with a polish friend, and I struggled to do anything without her help because people just would not communicate with me (I mean, not even in signs) and everything was only in polish (not my forte).
This time I found people helpful to the extreme: in restaurants they always came to make sure we would understand the menus if they did not have them in English (still pretty common), they often asked if we need anything for our baby girl, many bought us high chairs and they were happy to boil a few veggies (often even free of charge!) for her, which was super helpful living in a hotel without cooking facilities and having a very selective eater (later we found out she is allergic…) who has always refused the canned baby food. Also, if we were looking at the map on the street, often somebody would stop to ask if they could help. And did I mention that the city is beautiful?
Back in 1998 I also visited the famous salt mines, and I remember them being impressive and fun but not free. This time we felt we had to pay our respects to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which in no way fits the theme of this blog. However, we need to remember, so here are a few pics from there too. Adequate to the history of these places, it was pouring down when we where there. But I think it was also good to take the public transport outside of the city, and see the countryside too – I usually like to experience the contrast between big cities, countryside and small villages in new countries. I feel I get a better overall feel for the place. Outside of Krakow the yards and houses were mainly very well maintained, and everything looked picturesque and inviting to me.