Auschwitz is a must. We had a...
Auschwitz is a must. We had a guided tour by a Polish woman who was Jewish. Most of her family had died there. I was very touched by this visit.
The salt mines at Wieliczka was awe inspiring too. I usually go on Pilgrimage when visiting a country, this one was very special to me. I went to the shrine of Divine Mercy which is in a convent in Lagiewniki.
The memory of this is still vivid. I carry it all the time in my mind. I would love to go back there again.
Statue of Christ
If you approach the tourist entrance from the front of the Church, it is likely that you will miss this statue of Jesus on the cross that is up on the wall above your heads. We certainly did not spot it until we happened to approach the rear of the Church from a side road!
To commemorate Poland's victory over the Tatars, in 1241, the Lajkonik Parade is held each Spring in the Market Place of Krakow, Poland.
A disguised Tatar warrior with a hobbyhorse fastened to the waist, called Lajkonik (lie-KOH-neek), in Polish, prances around chasing people with his mace celebrating the occasion with dancing and merrymaking. It is said that if he touches you with his mace, it brings good luck throughout the year!
Shaking hands and kissing
Well, between guys it's easy, they shake hands, no matter if it's the first time they meet, they are friends or family. They kiss only on very special ocasions , like the one below.
Between girls or guys and girls:
you shake hands the first time you meet,
you kiss one time in the cheek when you're friends,
you kiss 3 times in the cheeks when you're family and sometimes between friends too!!!!
On the picture there are my best friends after their wedding ceremony, kissing each other's parents. Definitelly 3 times!
A large mound of excitement
I''m not sure how many folk visit Krakow's mounds. They are a curious phenomenon, originally suspected of being burial places of kings, and more recently thrown up as monuments to national heroes (for example Tadeuz Kosckiusko).
Take a tram from the centre up to the Salvator terminus, then walk up the tree lined road (or wait for a bus) to the mound atop Sikornik Hill. There are cafe's a chapel to St Bronislawa and even a hotel here, plus views to the centre, the ring of the Planty and away beyond to smoky Nowa Huta and its smokestacks