Okay, it's not lovely, but you...
Okay, it's not lovely, but you must visit Auscwitz (Oscwiecim), about 70 or so kilometres from here. Like I say, it is not nice at all, but important to visit, just to see in stark reality the horrors of the nazi regime. All you have read, all you have heard, all you have studied, nothing can prepare you for what you learn here. It is undoubtedly the most awful thing I have seen, from the mountains of human hair to the chilling standing cells, and the surprisingly tiny gas chamber. I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried here, it is overwhelming. not a nice introduction to Poland, not a nice day out, but one that I think people should take to remind themselves of how evil people can really be to each other.
The Cloth Hall...
The Cloth Hall is the largest building in the Rynek Glowny (Market Squuare).
It is centrally positioned & was erected as the centre of the cloth trade in the 14th century.
It was gutted with fire in 1555 & was rebuilt in Renaissance style.
The ground floor has the best souvenirs & craft shops today.
The upper floor has the 19th Century Gallery of Polish paintings which you can visit roughly from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Now we start talking about real beers, not just the standard lagers that I had around the city during the day. This Debowe Mocne is brown strong beer full of taste and strengths. Was going perfect with dinner and certainly was a nice surprise to me.
CHRISTMAS TREE is obligatory at home and at work. The more so that everyone expects to find a Christmas gift under it. And Krakow’s hand-painted glass decorations are known worldwide. But watch out for mistletoe hanging–now rarely–from the ceiling: those standing under it cannot refuse a kiss.
Krakow CHRISTMAS CRIBS are fabulous, colorful and glittering portable theaters for the Nativity traditional puppet plays, and building them remains a fairly popular hobby. At the same time amateur and professional companies of players stage the Nativity live shows in the holiday season. And seeing the Nativity various scenes in numerous Krakow churches also is a popular family activity.
POLISH CAROLS, and there are hundreds of them, often centuries-old, apart from sweet lullabies rely largely on traditional dancing tunes, so no wonder they sound pretty lively.
‘OPLATEK’ wafers are wallet-size, paper-thin and crisp leafs of bread, white or colored, with an impression of the Nativity scene. In Poland before the Christmas Eve dinner those present approach one another with an ‘oplatek’ wafer in hand and offer wishes. When approached everybody listens to wishes, says wishes in return, breaks off a bit from the other guy’s wafer, eats it, and kisses him or her on both cheeks. ‘Oplatek’ also means popular December and January social gatherings in Poland where invited guests, even perfect strangers, practice the ritual among themselves in addition to regular cocktail-party socializing. And it is usual to visit friends and family before or over the Christmastide to share the ‘oplatek’ wafer with them and exchange wishes.
"KOLEDNICY" carol singers still go from door to door in the holiday season but nowadays schoolchildren (for their efforts they expect small change rather than sweets) replaced expert adult performers of old.
The House under painting
Erected in the years 1623 - 1627 afeter connecting two 15th and 16th century houses. It housed the convent of the Presentations Sisters until 1726, named the "little monastery". Rebuilt in 18th and 19th centuries. Inside, mid 16th century Renaissance details. The house is situated in Strzelecka street, near the main market square.