The Old Town and picturesque Kazimierz quarter

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Statue at Rynek Glowny
Rain or no rain, today we just have to make our city walk. We are here for like 4 days now and we still haven't taken a proper walk around. So that is on the schedule for this cloudy Wednesday.

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.
Old buildings in Kazimierz.
Polish people are really religious.!

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.
Big applause for the baguettes at Endzior's. They're the bomb!!!
But you know, at this point, I don't even mind it any more. I decide not to wear something else as it is no use. Pick dry clothes now, and maybe have them get showered again in some minutes, would be such a waste.

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.
Two seconds of sun! My mother has finally got a chance to put her sunglasses on, and now she wants a picture of it :)
I think these are soooo cute. I would definitely want one if their steering wheels could be upgraded. They are so tiny and colorful and just tooo retro to imagine. In Belgium, maybe in a whole year time, you'll see one of them rusting away in some backyard. But here in Poland, they are everywhere! And whenever I see one, it cheers me up. My father hates them. He says they are crab, can't make turns, are way to small and drive like lawn mowers. He is probably right, as that is quite the sound they make :) But still, they are amazing. And the cutest ones are those with the little luggage racks on top of them :D So you can expect a blog just for my car pictures later on, just for the hell of it.

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.
Streets in Kazimierz.
We enter the district over the Sw. Sebastiana road. First stop is the main square, Plac Nowy.  On our way there we pass by the Temple synagogue, which we watch only from the outside. The Plac Nowy looks better now the sky is clearing up. There is a very odd atmosphere hanging around in the Jewish quarter. It is a bit dark and run down, but at the same time really cool. For the first time since Wieliczka, I feel glad to be here. I very much enjoy strolling around Kazimierz. It's gotten noon so we need to have a snack. At the center of Plac Nowy there is an old building with several windows. Through most of them vendors sell food. It is said that Endzior is the best, so that is the one we try.
Streets in Kazimierz.
No kidding, this food is great! You can see the pictures on the review page.

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.
Just loved this door...

 
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.
Florianka street.
We pay a short visit, have a drink on a terrace and after a while go back to the old town. At night we have dinner at Babci Malini, a restaurant close to the theater, serving Polish food. We have a great time there. I must say, after today, I really feel glad to be in Krakow. I've seen many wonderful things and places and so the walk was very rewarding. I go to sleep happily, looking forward to what's coming up next.
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Statue at Rynek Glowny
Statue at Rynek Glowny
Old buildings in Kazimierz.
Old buildings in Kazimierz.
Big applause for the baguettes at …
Big applause for the baguettes at…
Two seconds of sun! My mother has …
Two seconds of sun! My mother has…
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Just loved this door...
Just loved this door...
Florianka street.
Florianka street.
Streets in the old town.
Streets in the old town.
Streets in the old town.
Streets in the old town.
Florianska street.
Florianska street.
Florianska street.
Florianska street.
Artwork sold at the Florianska gat…
Artwork sold at the Florianska ga…
Streets in the old town.
Streets in the old town.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Whats with the cute little yellow…
What's with the cute little yello…
Inside the Isaac synagogue.
Inside the Isaac synagogue.
Inside the Isaac synagogue.
Inside the Isaac synagogue.
Inside the Isaac synagogue.
Inside the Isaac synagogue.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Streets in Kazimierz.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Remuh cemetery and synagogue.
Crossing the Vistula river on our …
Crossing the Vistula river on our…
Crossing the Vistula river on our …
Crossing the Vistula river on our…
Schindlers factory is in scaffold…
Schindler's factory is in scaffol…
On our way to the Schindler factor…
On our way to the Schindler facto…
On our way to the Schindler factor…
On our way to the Schindler facto…
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The chairs at the Podgorze square.
The Apteka pod orlem museum.
The Apteka pod orlem museum.
Podgorze square.
Podgorze square.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Strolling aside the Vistula river.
Building at the Wolnica square. I …
Building at the Wolnica square. I…
Finally having a seat...
Finally having a seat...
...And a beer :)
...And a beer :)
The Temple synagogue from the outs…
The Temple synagogue from the out…
Planty park.
Planty park.
Having diner at Babci Maliny.
Having diner at Babci Maliny.
Rynek Glowny by night.
Rynek Glowny by night.
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