Days 144 Krakow
Possibly the best known of all Poland’s cities, Krakow was the residence of Polish kings from the 11th to the 17th centuries, and its old town is a World Heritage-listed site, and with good reason… the place is just lovely. After we check in its orientation walk time again and at the conclusion most folks go off to see the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a deep underground network of tunnels and chambers some 135 m below the surface. The Blessed Kinga Chapel is a highlight not to be missed, with its elaborate salt chandeliers and carvings. Which sounded cool but apparently was quite a let down, so I am glad I did not go. Instead we wander around to see the Town Garrison, then grab a quiet few beers in the town square (& foolishly I had 2 half litre beers with no food… took me a good hour to focus up… not drunk but certainly tipsy) before we explore Wawel Royal Castle, which sits atop a hill next to the Vistula River. It provides a magnificent backdrop to Rynek Glowny, the town square. Dating back to the 13th century, the square is surrounded by grand buildings, with the Cloth Hall as the centrepiece. We climb the tower and explore the tiny caverns that lead us to the Krakow Dragon! BOM BOM BO-OMMMMM! This cool a angular dragon statue standeth up on hind legs, has 6 arms and breathes actual fire every 10 mins. Then its a nap on the grass… walk the park and finally back to hotel to nap before heading to a very hidden restaurant in the basement of a closed museum… Mamas.
Days 144 Krakow