Three days in Kraków
Earlier this week, I spent three days in Kraków with two of my best friends, Emily and Beth. It was a first visit to Poland for all of us and we had little idea what to expect, besides vodka and evidence of the city's infamous WW2 history.
Well, we can now attest to the fact that there's much more to Kraków than that. We visited the impressive main market square, Wawel Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mines and Kazimierz (the former Jewish quarter), as well as wandering the medieval streets and remaining city walls.
Of course, the terrible events that took place here in the 1940s should never be forgotten, so we also took a sobering trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Jewish ghetto and Oskar Schindler's famous factory. As George Santayana said, 'those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it', and we'll certainly never forget what we saw and learned there.
We've done a fair few city breaks in our time, and Kraków is easily up there with some of the more popular European destinations. If you ever get the chance, check out Wodka Cafe Bar, Alchemia and, especially if you're vegetarian, Glonojad - the food was so good I had two mains!
If you're thinking of going, this time-lapse video gives a nice summary of the key sights: