The Old Town and picturesque Kazimierz quarter
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July 16th, 2008 – by: Pearl510
We start of to the old town through the Sw. Anny street, where we first pass the Anny church and later on the Collegium Maius. We wanted to visit both but the Collegium isn't open when we get there, so we have to skip it. Then our tour continues through the picturesque streets to the Szczepanski square and the Reformica church, where a service is going on. It's amazing how much people attend the services here in Poland. In Belgium, even on Sundays the churches are not filled.
We walk on to the old city walls, with the Barbakan and Florianus gate. After a short walk over the Florianska street, with no doubt the most touristy street in Krakow, we get to the Slowaki theater and the Church of the Holy Cross. On our way back to the Rynek Glowny it starts raining heavily. We have to shelter under the Sukiennice, but after 10 minutes we decide that it is useless to keep standing there 'till the sky clears up. My parents are cold and want to change clothes, so we hurry through the rain back to the hostel. We are sooo soaked by the time we get there.
We've taken quite a tour through the old center of Krakow by now, yet still I don't feel like this is what I came looking for. I don't know if it is the rain, or yesterdays disappointment, maybe something else. But I haven't been impressed yet by old Krakow. Do I need to give it some more time to win my heart? I can't tell. It looked like things were getting better this morning, after visiting the beautiful Anny church. But from there on it went down again. Especially the old gates weren't as impressive as everyone says they are. And so here we are, back in the hostel.
Because of all the disappointment and lack of nice things to photograph, I've started to collect pictures of old Lada and Fiat cars.
By the time my parents have sorted out what they want to ware (especially my father always needs quite some time for that) it has stopped raining. So we move on to the Kazimierz quarter.
Wow things have a 100% changed. I'm having a lot of fun today. Dry weather, good food, great scenery, and a sweet little car passing by every now and then. What more can I ask for? After eating and having a drink, we continue our walk. Next stop is the Isaak Synagogue, not far of. It is the first time I've been in a synagogue and even though I don't know if the Isaak Synagogue is a representative example, I liked it a lot. What I liked even more was the exhibition inside (see review). A small walk ahead is Szeroka street, where all the houses look like they come straight out of an old movie. Marvelous it is! Walking past the Remuh Synagogue and graveyard we exit Kazimierz, for an extended walk to the other side of the river, to Podgorze.
What we want to visit here is the Schindler factory and the square, maybe the Apoteka pod Orlem. So we start of on a stroll to the factory, which lies a bit of road. There are signs showing the way to this "tourist attraction", but in fact the whole building is surrounded by racks and in full restoration. I don't know what they plan to do with it, renewing, rebuilding,... But for now there isn't much to see so we don't stay long. The Podgorze square is old and rough, but nice though with the monumental chairs standing around. By the time we get to the Apoteka pod Orlem museum it is about to close, so paying an entrance fee for just half an hour doesn't seem worth it. Too bad the walk to the factory took us that long... But it's getting evening now and we are getting tired of walking.
We stroll aside the river to the Krakowska bridge, cross the water and head back north. That's when we pass by the Wolnina square and the Pauline church.
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