Fast internet connection place
I was so glad to find this internet place! Having wasted time at the VERY SLOW connection internet place at the EMPiK bookstore, this felt like being extremely lucky.
Half an hour costs 3 zl ($0.75), no limit on time, and there are three times more PC units than there are at the EMPiK so you don't have to queue up.
The exact address is 30, Florianska St. and that's easy to find: look for the Pod Zlota Pipa restaurant sign with Kaiser Franz Josef in it. The internet place is in the gateway to your left.
And while you're there, check the Pod Zlota Pipa pub & restaurant in the courtyard! - see my Restaurant tips for this one :-)
The Old Synagogue.
The Old Synagogue, or Stara Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Poland. It seems it was built in the 15th century. In the 16th century it was severely damaged in a fire and rebuilt around 1570. During the nazi occupation of the city it was turned into a warehouse and was completely ruined. It was renovated in the 1950's and at the beginning of the 20th century. Today it serves as the Jewish History Museum; a division of the Historical Museum of Krakow. Here you can see a permanent exibition of Jewish culture and its traditions.
Movies to watch/books to read
"A Long Time Ago & Essentially True" by Brigid Pasulka, I read this on the way back from Krakow, a delightful book which alternates between the story of two young people who fall in love during WWII and their subsequent journey to Krakow and their granddaughter who is trying to get by in Krakow in the days of Lech Walesa and solidarity.
"The Girl in the Red Coat" by Roma Ligocka, I read this before we left, I found the 1st part of the story set during WWII in the Jewish ghetto of Krakow to be very interesting but the part of the story after the war showed the author to be vain and self indulgent. She even goes so far as to say that she is the girl in the red coat in "Schindler's List" which of course is absurd as the little girl in the movie dies.
"Schindler's List" an absolute must see film about a flawed man who begins the war in Poland wanting to make a buck and ends up only wanting to save the Jews who worked for him. Brilliantly filmed, brilliant performances especially by Ralph Fiennes who plays Amon Goeth.
Krakow has one of the oldest...
Krakow has one of the oldest universities in Europe, Uniwersytet Jagielonski (Jagiellonian University). Students know how to celebrate. Here you can see some Krakow history major students dressed in international costumes.
(picture borrowed from www.krakow.pl/fotogaleria.juven.php)
Kazimierz The Old Jewish Quarter
Visit if you can the Old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. You either get a taxi, or the trams run here also.. The area does look old and tired, but there are still two Jewish Temples that are open to the public...
Before the Second World War about 3,500,000 Jews lived in Poland, by the end of the war only 300,000 were still alive. It is estimated that today only about 2,000 Jews live in Poland.