Weekend in Old Town Krakow

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Our first rainy night in Krakow
I took a long weekend trip to Krakow with my husband and 2 year old son and another couple and their 2 toddlers. It was a kind of spur of the moment trip when our friends invited us to join them on the trip they already had planned. They had arranged to rent a 3 bedroom apartment for the weekend and asked if we'd like to come along and split the cost. Renting an apartment was definitely the way to go for this trip. The apartment was right in the old town and within walking distance to the Wisla river and Wawel Castle an the Jewish district. t was also a lot cheaper than a hotel would have been. And having a kitchen available made it easier to prepare some food for ourselves and not have to rely on eating entirely.
Antique car show in the town center
Plus, having bedrooms when you have a child with you is a lot easier.

Wizz Air operates a very inexpensive flight from Kyiv to Katowice. That's about an hour outside of Krakow but the owner of the apartment provided a shuttle for us. We were lucky to have both a midday arrival and departure, which is always nice. By the time we got into Krakow on Friday, it was early evening and we were able to get settled in and walk into the town to check things out and get dinner. Unfortunately, our attempts at a nice dinner were foiled by 3 very cranky toddlers. So we ate fast and headed back to go to bed. Also, it had started raining a bit anyway, so we didn't want to get caught out in that.

The rain continued on Saturday morning and we slept in a bit. The husbands went out to forage for breakfast and came back with bags of bread and meat and cheese (typical European breakfast fare).
Statue of Pope John Paul II
So after breakfast and showers, we headed out. It was still raining, but not too badly. We started off downtown in the square, where they were having an antique car show. We did a little walking around and some window shopping, then some actual shopping and then headed to a sidewalk cafe for lunch. After lunch, we took in some street shows (most memorable was a guy with puppets of Elvis, Michael Jackson and Celine Dion that all "sang") and then went to Wawel Castle. The castle was huge and beautiful and overlooks the river. There is a statue of Pope John Paul II on the grounds. There was some free space, so the kids had fun running around a bit and burning some energy. After the castle, we took a walk to the Jewish district. There was a Jewish heritage festival going on that weekend.
Elvis "singing" Hound Dog
The weather had cleared up by then and was warm, but not too hot. We also did a little shopping along the way. It was time for dinner after we had explored the area a bit, so we ate at one of the Jewish restaurants lining the square.

On Sunday we did a little more exploring in the old town. We had breakfast out and walked around the back streets, checking out shops and such as we went along. We discovered that the area was full of various countries' consulates and even found our own US Consulate (closed, of course). It was on a beautiful little side street. Not a bad place to have to go to work. We found some gardens and parks to explore and the headed back out to the Jewish district for lunch. The husbands were craving some Jewish caviar (liver pate, if I remember correctly.
The carriage for our carriage ride
) I was more than happy to pass on that and stick to good old pirogies. Walking back, we found the river and walked along that. It gave us a chance to see the back of the castle. The weather that day was good and so the view was wonderful.

On Monday before our departure, we had enough time to go back out for breakfast and my friend and I took the kids for a horse drawn carriage ride while our husbands relaxed a bit. The carriage ride was really wonderful and money well spent. My son was in awe of the horses and loved looking out the side of the carriage as we drove past things. It lasted a half hour and cost about $25. So not bad split between the 2 of us. And it entertained the kids, which is good in my book. After that, we had to head back to the airport. It was a great little mini-vacation and was nice to get out of the city for a few days and see something new.
missandrea81 says:
Much better. :) I had to figure out all those little things too.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2009
missandrea81 says:
I saw. You can change the date on the other pictures so they appear here with the blog. :)
Posted on: Dec 06, 2009
moonspdr says:
I added a bunch!
Posted on: Dec 06, 2009
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Our first rainy night in Krakow
Our first rainy night in Krakow
Antique car show in the town center
Antique car show in the town center
Statue of Pope John Paul II
Statue of Pope John Paul II
Elvis singing Hound Dog
Elvis "singing" Hound Dog
The carriage for our carriage ride
The carriage for our carriage ride
View from Wawel Castle
View from Wawel Castle
View of the Wisla River from the c…
View of the Wisla River from the …
Synagogue in the Jewish district
Synagogue in the Jewish district
Map of the Jewish district
Map of the Jewish district
View walking alongside the river w…
View walking alongside the river …
A Catholic church-it was PACKED wi…
A Catholic church-it was PACKED w…
the living room/dining room in our…
the living room/dining room in ou…
Town square
Town square
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