I had no map with me and had used Goggle Earth to figure out how to get from the train station to the apartment.It was only a few blocks and taking a taxi seemed too easy.Unfortunately, I didnâ€™t check my compass until we had left the station and started walking East and North.
We should have gone West and South. (Youâ€™d think the rising sun would have given me a hint but I was a little brain-dead from the train.)It was 6 am so there wasnâ€™t anyone English-speaking around to ask for directions.We took a deep breath, repeated the saying â€śBeing lost is only temporaryâ€ť and started walking in what the compass said was the right direction.It worked.
Krakow was once surrounded by a moat which has been turned into a city park called the Planty that encircles the OldTown area.Iâ€™ve never been so glad to see a park.Our apartment was on the edge of the park so we found the apartment address and stood there, with our luggage, waiting for the agent who was to meet us at 9 am.By 9:30 it was apparent that she wasnâ€™t going to appear, so we walked to the Market Square to have breakfast and figure out what to do next.
view of Krakow from Castle
We did find the rental office but it was closed since this was Sunday morning,Now what?
Kamil was the first rental agent to answer his phone and he agreed to meet us at the apartment in 15 minutes to let us in.Everybody was very nice and tried hard to help.With the exception of the train organization employees, we couldnâ€™t have asked for kinder treatment during the entire trip.Even the rental agent who didnâ€™t show up was nice, just a little air-headed.Instead of showing up at 9am on the 7th, she had waited for us at 7am on the 6th.
today was daschund day
And then she went home taking the keys to the apartment with her. Kamil had to have her send the keys in a taxi which also met us at the apartment.We seem to keep collecting an entourage when we arrive someplace.
This apartment was not as nice as the one in Prague but still comfortable and roomy.After dropping off the luggage, my husband arranged for tour tickets for tomorrow and the next day to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines.We planned to spend today, which was beautiful but warm, at WawelCastle which overlooks Krakow.Kamil had recommended that we also see Kazimierz (the Jewish Quarter) and have a typical Polish country dinner at Chopskie Jadlo.
We walked back through town to the Castle and noticed that everyone was carrying banners with pictures of Daschunds on them.
cafes always make me happy
Today was Daschund Day and they were all over the place, most of them wearing little costumes and looking bewildered as only Daschunds can.
Trying not to step on all the little dogs running about, we continued on to the Castle.Itâ€™s on top of a hill of course but seemingly a Daschund-free area.We hired a guide to take us around the Castle and its associated Church.This was a good idea of my husbandâ€™s because it really gave us a good overview of Polish history in addition to explaining what we were seeing.I have a sneaking suspicion that he also appreciated the fact that it limited our time to 2 hours at the Castle.
At dusk we walked through Kazimierz (the Jewish Quarter) which is similar to what Pragueâ€™s Jewish Quarter must have been like before the Tourist Board got a hold of it.There are 2 Jewish Cemeteries in the Kazimierz area, a market place and many little shops.Itâ€™s also near the restaurant Chopskie Jadlo where I had a life-changing experience involving sour beet soup with small mushroom-filled dumplings.Wow!Iâ€™m going to eat nothing but soup while Iâ€™m here.This was so good that I canâ€™t even begin to describe it and the rest of the meal almost matched it.My three food groups seem to be soup, gelato and beer.Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll pay for this later but right now I donâ€™t care.