Get your copy of In Your Pocket
I hope this kind of information is allowed here. As soon as you get to Krakow, get your copy of In Your Pocket guide, sold at tourist information centres for only 10 zł or sometimes given by your hotel for free. It is updated 4 times a year and has most up to date and accurate information about acommodation, places to eat, sights, public transport etc. etc. A very brief extract can be downloaded from http://www.inyourpocket.com
For centuries, Polish kings...
For centuries, Polish kings lived and died in Wawel Castle. Even after the seat of political power moved to Warsaw, the kings continued to be crowned and buried here. Joining them are a number of Polish heros and poets, promoting this site to near-pilgrimage status for Poles. Wawel captures the heart because its history closely mirrors that of Poland itself; it declined and fell, then revived, then fell again, until today it enjoys another period of glory. Visiting Hours
tel. 422 16 97
Treasury, Armory & Royal Chambers
9.30-16.30 Tue-Fri; 9.30-15.30 Wed-Thur; 9.30-15 Sat; 10-15 Sun; Mon closed. Lost Wawel
9.30-15.30 Mon, Wed-Thur; 9.30-16.30 Fri; 9.30-15 Sat; 10-15 Sun; Tue closed.
open daily Cathedral, Zygmunt's Bell, Royal Tombs
9-17 Mon-Sat; 12.15-17 Sun, holidays
Folk dancing in the Rynek Glowny
Many of us spent Sunday morning in and around the main square, Rynek Glowny, and were charmed by the performances of folk-dancing taking place on the stage at the foot of the Town Hall Tower. The dancers were local school-children, from self-conscious teens through giggling youngsters down to the youngest tots who seemed to take it most seriously of all. Most wore traditional costume, although a few of the youngest were dressed as butterflies for their dance. But for all its colour and potential appeal to tourists, this appeared to be largely a local event, put on for the benefit of the children themselves and their admiring parents. Group by group the performers took to the stage, danced their way through several numbers, and left to the applause of onlookers. Cameras clicked and adults shuffled to get the best views, while those waiting to perform looked solemn and those who had already had their turn in the limelight rushed around greeting their friends. It reminded me very much of similar scenes I had witnessed at local festivals in Austria and, as there, I was inspired by the way in which people seemed genuinely interested in keeping the old traditions alive. This was clearly no one-off museum piece, but an active part of their lives, and for that, as well as for the quality of the performances, I applauded them.
Do touch and stroke... a horse
It seems that horses of Krakow's horse-cabs are well-bred (coachmen as well).
They didn't bite Kathy (Kodi01) when she (with some fear in her eyes :-) started to touch and stroke them, more: they even liked it - no wonder, Kathy came from cowboy (cowgirl?) state of Texas. Hmm... was this horse bred in Texas? Kathy wasn't.
Train Station square
Building wooden shelter really curious, looked as it could fall down at any moment... a lot of buildings are like that.. almost collapsed around the city
On my second stay in Krakow this sqaure has been remodelated .. a new version more spacious and a huge mail welcomes you from the train station doors...