When you have finished posing at the web cam,send your postcards from the main post office it's the big building on the right of the picture.
The post office has a computerised queing system.When you walk in look for a small box with buttons on it,press the red button and you get a ticket with a number on it.The screens hanging from the celing have the customer number and counter number you go to.Wait for a bell to ring,if your number comes up, RUN to the counter,i saw several people that had just walked in go straight to the nearest free counter.I hope all this makes sense,it could save you a lot time.
Being In The Barbican...
This is the finest remnant of the medieval fortifications.
Known as Barbakan, is a powerful circular brick bastion adorned with 7 turrets.
There are 130 loopholes on 4 levels in its massive walls. Some are 3 m thick.
It was built around 1498 as an extra protection to the Florian Gate.
It's one of the surviving structures of its kind in Europe today.
Every hour the Hejnal bugle call is played from the tower of St. Mary's in the main square to each of the four sides of the tower. The bugle call dates back to the Middle Ages when it announced the opening and the closing of the city gates or as an alarm whenever he saw a fire or enemy forces.
Legend has it that during an invasion in 1241 the watchman on duty spotted the enemy and sounded the alarm but a Tatar pierced his throat with an arrow mid tune which is why the song breaks off mid tune.
Pretzels and... advertising in Krakow
One of old (as I remember) and unique, real Krakow's tradition is selling local pretzels (called OBWARZANKI KRAKOWSKIE) in such small movable "pretzel stands" as on my picture.
Notice characteristic round and quite large advertising pillar. There are a lot of them in a downtown but... some people used to advertise (although it's forbidden by law) everywhere even on walls of very old buildings :-(((.
Here Be Monsters !- 1
This quite scary looking figure is found on a gate-post outside the Hutten-Czapski Palace. I am not sure what it is meant to represent - it looks kind of amphibian mixed with human - but his posture reminds me of the demon like figure in Fuseli’s "The Nightmare”" painting. As monster's go he’s quite a good one!
The Hutten-Czapski Palace is at Pilsudskiego 12