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The main square at the Florjanska street
Actually, I hoped that holidays to be recreative. However, I was completely knackered when I came home in the evening yesterday - and it was not later than 9. I just went for a walk around the city to take some photos, because at night the old town seems to be more lively than by day - especially in the summer. And the atmosphere was really wonderful and became even a bit mystic, when I reached the students with the torches. It's a pity my camera wasn't able to capture this properly.

Earlier that day, I went to the Czartoryski museum, not knowing, what I would find there. I only knew that they have this one special picture from Leonardo da Vinci. In the end, it was really awesome - especially the Roman and Egyptian collection. I could hardly prevent myself from touching  the  marmoreal statues.
Me in one of the dim pubs in Kazimierz
Unfortunately, I didn't buy a ticket for making pictures. So I can only advise everybody to spend the 15 zl for the ticket. It definitely worth the money.
After that, I jumped into the tram to Podgorze. However, it turned out to be a swizz. Can be that I was in the wrong part of Podgorze, but what I saw (and smelled) was anything but intresting. The buildings shabby without the charm Kazimierz has, all the time the smell of chared fuel and not even one of the pubs that shall make Podgorze the oncoming party-district. So I just went past the main sqare of Podgorze to the next tram stop and got back home.

So, for now I have seen everything I wanted to see. Over the weekend, I was here and there, saw a bit of the Wawel hill, went from one pub in Kazimierz to the next, as my aunt couldn't remember any more where this tiny little pub was she liked so much^^.
The tower of the former city hall
But this little 'pub-crawl' revealed the glaring contrast between the old town and Kazimierz:
The old town stands for classy tidyness, with expensive restaurants and cafes, which are moved a bit away from the "mob" on the streets, so that one has to walk through a passage first to reach the restaurant. In contrast, Kazimierz is a bit scruffy, the dusky pubs widely open. Maybe the most extreme example for the ambience of Kazimierz is the pub "Alchemia": The furniture is almost rotten, the walls and everything else are kept dark and hardly any sunlight reaches the inside of the location so that even in the noon the place is lightended only by candle-light. And most of all: You won't find any of these pseudo-elegant ladies and guys in suits playing with their expensive mobile phones, who almost burst with arrogance.

Well, and the rest of the weekend...was just visiting the rest of the familiy and practically one big porkfest :-P

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The main square at the Florjanska …
The main square at the Florjanska…
Me in one of the dim pubs in Kazim…
Me in one of the dim pubs in Kazi…
The tower of the former city hall
The tower of the former city hall
The Florjanski gate
The Florjanski gate
The theatre of Juliusz Słowadski
The theatre of Juliusz Słowadski
Collegium Novum at night
Collegium Novum at night
The sculpture Luci di Nara insid…
The sculpture "Luci di Nara" insi…
The patio of the Collegium Iuridic…
The patio of the Collegium Iuridi…
The patio of the house of Dziekans…
The patio of the house of Dziekan…
The main sqare of Podgorze
The main sqare of Podgorze
The St Marys church
The St Mary's church
Pictures at the Florianska gate
Pictures at the Florianska gate
One of the shops inside the sukien…
One of the shops inside the sukie…
Some artists on the main square
Some artists on the main square
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