Weekend in Krakow
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Our trip to Krakow was my Christmas present from Joe, I chose Krakow because not only did it have some amazing sights to see but also, given the time of year we were going we were pretty much guarenteed snow...or so I thought!
We set off from my house at about 6am feeling groggy but excited. We had packed everything we thought we would need for the freezing temperatures of Poland, themals and all, so our bag was pretty heavy. When we got on the plane I was sat next to a really nice Polish guy who told me all the things to do in Poland and taught me how to say 'Good morning' and 'thank you' in Polish which I though were probably the best things to know.
When we arrived in Krakow our taxi dropped us off on the road which our hostel was on but we couldn't find it.
After settling into our room we decided to explore Krakow a bit. There was a brilliant mix of old an new with a massive shopping centre right by our hostel and then the brilliant arcitecture of all the old buildings leading up to the main square. We followed the crowds and found ourselves there, we did the touristy thing of taking pictures of the Basilica of the Virgin Mary's church which looked amazing in the twilight and walked through the market where I spotted some gorgeous amber jewelery.
After eating we went and found one of the underground bars and were shocked when we walked into the Greenroom (a little rock music bar in Chesterfield) it even smelt the same with the same heavy metal music.
The next day we set off for Auschwitz and Birkenau. They are unbellieveable. You can't imagine the sheer scale of the place until you see them. Everyone should go here at least once. Auschwitz has been turned into a museum but definately take the short taxi ride to Birkenau because it is just how it was left and the infamous "Gates of death" will still terrify you now.
The next day we messed up (or as Joe will tell you "I"messed up). We decided to go to Zakopane, a ski resort a couple of hours away because we had managed to go to Krakow looking for some snow when it felt like they were having a heat wave and there was no snow!! We thought there must be some snow there.
We decided that we would take the bus back, so not to waste any more time and sure enough, an hour and 30 minutes later we were back in Krakow.
Sadly, we had to go home the next day, I would have liked and extra day just to spend wandering around Krakow because it's such a beautiful place. Shame about the snow, and we didn't need our thermals after all, damn Global Warming! I'll definately be going back here at some point though.