Krakow market square
We arrived at Krakow
at about 10am, dropped our bags off at the hostel and got straight out onto the streets to see what was around. We found the main square, it was quite a shock to see lots of nuns walking around, and horses and carts. It didn't seem touristy at all, apart from one or two tacky stalls at the square, it was quite quiet, no hoards of people with cameras or football shirts. Great. It felt a little like going back in time, the town felt sombre and old fashioned you could say, there were no high rise or modern buildings, the town has been kept just as it should be, original and full of character. We spent the day walking around, exploring the streets and churches of Krakow, just sitting around the square watching time pass as we were so tired from the journey.
Traditional Singers and dancers
There are so many churches in this City, each one that we went inside was breath takingly beautiful. I'd say that spending time looking inside the churches is very worthwhile, even if you arent religious, the architecture and environment are fantastic. Walking towards the old square we were greeted with traditional Polish folk singers and dancers which was a very nice welcome to the city. The cloth hall in the center of the old square was lovely, selling all sorts of interesting gifts at very low prices, i managed to pick up a set of russian dolls for around £3. At night in the old square there was lots of entertainment, dancers, musicians and the bars and restaurants were packed. For food we ate 'traditional' kebabs, mainly because they were cheap. They tasted okay but felt a bit grim afterwards. We then sat on the square eating ice cream until the early hours, the crowds died down and we headed back for bed! Overall a great first impression of Eastern Europe.