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The Market Sq. is a frequent venue for live music. When we were there, preparations were made for shanties singing! I thought it was funny with Sandomierz being located in Southern Poland and away from the sea. The even was called "Shantomierz" which was a cute word play on the name of the city. I wish we had time to stay well into late afternoon and evening to listen to live singing, but we had to go on our way...
Written Aug 23, 2006
Sandomierz lies about 200km south of Warsaw, and 165km NW of Krakow. The fastest way to get there is by car: just over 3 h from Warsaw (route 77 or 79) and 2.5 h from Krakow (route 79).
The town is rather off the main railroads and bus routes so using public transport will be a bit of a hassle: not too many rides or, in the case of railroad, you may have to change trains if you want to travel at a more convenient time.
If you'd still rather go by train, prepare for a longer journey: over 5 hours from Warsaw (look only for the direct connections). From Krakow it looks like you will have to change trains, and it will also take over 5 hours. Bear in mind that Sandomierz train station is quite far from the Old Town, on the other side of the Vistula, but buses to the centre go every 20 minutes.
Another option is by bus but it seems there are more rides from Warsaw (4.5 hours) than from Krakow.
Updated Jul 1, 2006
There are many gift stores, local craft stores, cards kiosks and antique shops in the Market Sq. and the little streets around it, particularly in the Opatowska street that connects the mediaeval Opatowska Gate with the Market Sq. Just walk around, check the window dislpays and peek into the ones you like.
If it's stamps you're after, the Post Office is right in the Market Sq. on your right as you enter from Opatowska street.
Written Aug 23, 2006
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Visiting Sandomierz involves a lot of walking but it's not gonna be strainful, even if you venture towards the gorges. Still, make sure you have comfy shoes on! The hills that some of the greatest attractions are located on are not high, and the roads that lead to them are paved - you won't need any serious hiking shoes :-)
Written Jun 30, 2006