Poxing UHT milk!
This is one of my favourite bugbears - coffee with UHT milk. There's just no excuse for it. It's so cold you don't even need a fridge to keep the milk fresh, yet still some cafes insist on using UHT milk (even in Latte and Capuccino!). Ugh.
Of course some places use fresh milk so if it really bothers you, check them out before ordering...
Beautiful structures are plenty around Krakow.
These structures have survived for hundred of years...
The photo shows St. Mary's Church, which is overlooking the Market Square from the east.
St. Mary's Church is considered one of the great artistic achievements because various styles from gothic to Art Neuveau are blended together to make such a sight unlike any church that you have seen before.
OK, Those who knows me know that the local beer is part of the local customs, so, dear friends, I am happy to say that I enjoyed the beers I tried in Poland and Tyskie was the first one, you can see it here at the St. Mary Square just few hours after my arrival to Krakow, and it was a great beer for a sunshine day.
They love to pose
Folklore Krakow's band we met in Krakow's Main Market Square loved to pose for a picture with us. They were sitting by northern wall of Cloth Hall and resting. When we asked whether we can take them a picture they... started to pose and... look at them and Ursula (my wife) on my picture.
Plaszow Concentration Camp
The Plaszow concentration camp site was completely destroyed after the war; what you can still see is the commander's house (but you have to know which one is it, since it's not marked in any way, and well it's in Heltmana Street, 22), a couple of monuments (one to all the people who died there, one for the hungarian female jews who died there, one to the Jews who died there), some religious landmarks and what was probably the guardpost of the camp; what remains today is a vast concrete covered area flanked by some buildings half destroyed and in some way still inhabited by somebody. If you go in you can still see some pieces of the Nazi time, as well as part of the original fence and lamps.
The camp was built over an area where also two jews graveyards stood. All the graves were destroyed but some burial stones were left intact and probably used for other purposes. Today, in the abandoned fields, you can still see one burial stone, almost intact, lying in a field not far from the track that leads to the big monument.
You can go there by car, driving through Podgorze and then along Limanowskiego Street, then to the right to Jerozolimska Street the goes on and is called Heltmana Street. After the house at number 3 (once inhabited by Nazi officers) we turn right along a gravel road (I think it's not allowed to drive there, only for pedestrians) and arrive to the big monuments I mentioned above. From there you can also see on your left hand side the main quarry of the camp, where the male prisoners were forced to extract stones and the female prisoners were forced to transport them.
It's also a good idea to visit the area by bike. It's a pretty good and easy track, and you can follow the gravel road until the top of the hill, where the monument stands.