Friday is the market day in Kazimierz. Early morning numerous people from around Kazimierz come to town to sell their products. Those are usually fruits, vegetables, honey, plants etc. All sorts of things you need at home. The stalls are open in Main Market until noon. The market day is popular among locals as they don't need to take long trips to Pulawy to buy things that are not always available in local shops.
The rooster-shaped semi sweet bread is the symbol of Kazimierz Dolny. It was invented * by Mr Sarzynski who owns a bakery shop - IMHO the best one in Kazimierz. Later it was copied by numerous local 'businessmen' but the only true Kazimierz rooster can be bought at Sarzynski's (PLN 6 = EUR 1.5).
When the pastry is fresh it's soft and a little sweet, great for a morning cup of coffee. The rooster also constitutes a nice piece of decorative art to commemorate your trip to Kazimierz :) Remember, each rooster is a unique one!
Each detail is fascinating, old, charming and begs for yet another photo. I wish I could have spent a couple of weeks in nice warm weather and visited every shop and gallery. I have things to dream about.....
Well, it may be a bit silly...but I did it anyway. The legend says that if you rub the nose of the bronze dog who sits at the side of the square....it's an omen that you will return. Gosia took the picture and has allowed me to use it. She also made me promise I would come in June the next time. I was freezing!!
Kazimierz Dolny is famous for the rooster shaped sweet bread. It tastes great with jam or honey and your morning coffe :-)
They are made by the Sarzynski bakery - check my restaurant tip on the bakery & restaurant - you will see in the photo that the place is easy to find thanks to the huge rooster mock-up in front of it.
However, you can buy the sweet bread almost all over the town in any little grocery or gift store. The rooster bread is a must to bring from Kazimierz Dolny! :-)
In Poland, one of the most heavily travelled holidays is the religious recognition of one's ancestors on All Souls Day. For several days prior, there is a continuous stream of walkers and bicyclists who are heading toward the cemetary with their scrub brushes and garden tools, in order to clean the gravestones decorate for the big day. All the markets are filled with Chryseanthemums and other flowers as well as candles in colored glass jars...by the hundreds!
Please refer to my travelogue for more pics of the constant stream of people passing the window of our inn.
It probably seems so simple to everyone, but I continued to watch the older people walking to market in the morning and carrying their parcels back home over the old cobbled streets of Kazimierz Dolny. Actually I saw it many times in every community. I thought of how we use cars for everything at home. I thought of how many more of the older people of Poland walk to their destination, rather than living in a "senior complex" or opting for a "senior citizen van" to drive them where they wanted to go. Hopefully these older citizens of Poland will be healthier as a result.
The cold and windy day did not discourage Janet (Pawtuxet) from making sure she would return to Kazimierz Dolny one day...
Next time maybe in spring or summer ... what do you say, Janet? :-))
All right, you foreigners may ignore this tip unless you are on the inquisitive side of human nature :-)
A common misperception that Poles have about the place is that its alleged founder was king Casimir the Great (1310-1370). Well, I'm not surprised as this king's reputation in our history is much more powerful than that of the actual founder, prince Casimir the Just (1138-1194) - the poor guy was never crowned the king! In the early middle ages the place was just a tiny settlement called Windy Hill (Wietrzna Gora) that prince Casimir the Just gave to the Norbertine female convent in 1181. The sisters simply renamed the Windy Hill to honour their benefactor. The earliest document in which the town of Kazimierz is mentioned dates back to 1249, that's well before Casimir the Great (the other one) was born!
But it was Casimir the Great who granted the town civil rights.
Rome has its Di Trevi, the grand fountain where you're supposed to throw a coin in to make sure you'll return to Rome one day...
Well, Kazimierz Dolny spares you the expenditure... All you have to do is just stroke the dog's nose! :-D See how well polished it is?
To find the dog, head from the centre of the square towards the church - the dog will be on your left before you even approach the church.
Don't slap the dog or he'll bite you! ;-D
The festival usually takes place in June. You can see folk bands, old/traditional instrument players as well as soloists.
Both seniors and juniors participate, and the purpose of the festival is to preserve and promote the tradition of folk music and singing. Some of the old instruments have pretty weird names, I can't even translate them!
Another event that accompanies the festival is the open air folk art market in KD's main square. You can also watch folk artists at work there!
More and more artists are setting up shop in Kazimierz Dolny, which now has more galleries per square kilometre than any other town in Poland. Most are authors’ galleries operated by their owners. Landscapes predominate, although some are rendered realistically while others are executed in a more expressive manner.
The daily trek into the square to fetch the needs of the day. The same man walked by my window each morning.