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Krakow Travel Blog› entry 8 of 9 › view all entries
October 22nd, 2008 – by: Sunrise5
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.
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 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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