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Krakow

85 °F

This is my second visit to Krakow and I enjoyed my time spent here, but I’m not sure I enjoyed it as much as the first time. Let’s put my opinion in perspective, the first visit was in the fall and this time it was in the summer. So, summer time is crazy crowded, sticky hot and more expensive, but It’s a great place to stroll on a nice summer night. There was a stage set up with entertainment in the main square and booths filled with food and trinkets. Ice cream taste fantastic and drinking beer on a hot summer day is the best. The restaurants are a great place to people watch and the horse and carriage scene is nice to look at but if you are eating a nice meal, the horse smell doesn’t always compliment your food. Now, fall gives you less crowds, cheaper hotels, but the cold weather isn’t always comfortable. You tend not to consume as much ice cream but for some remarkable reason, the beer still tastes great. Dining in the outdoor restaurants is still enjoyable because they have plenty of heaters and blankets to keep you warm and because of the cooler temperatures, the horse and carriage scene is much more pleasant. Personally, if I were to come back, I would choose the fall over the summer.

Main Market Square
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Street food in the main square
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People watching
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Wawel Castle and Cathedral
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Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Beautiful Buildings/Churches
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View my previous Krakow write up:
https://joannereyes.travellerspoint.com/7/

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Warsaw

We can handle the rain, we can handle the cold, we can even handle the wind, but we can’t handle all three. In the 40°s - burr, a constant rain-soaked, wind - blusterous. That was our first full day in Warsaw so as much as we tried, we just didn’t see many sights - basically, we were wusses and stayed warm and cozy in our apartment. The apartment we rented was 60s era communist construction - the halls were dark and reminded you of an old cold hospital ward with elevators that were original (a bit scary). But, once we opened the door, we were pleasantly surprised by how modern and clean it was (never judge a book by its cover). To make up for lost time from our first day, we took a city tour hop on - hop off bus, we were disappointed with what was covered. The good thing about the tour was that we realized the city wasn’t as big as we had first thought. Our apartment was centrally located (not sure if that was good or bad, we had to walk everywhere because nothing was where we were located) so, a mile this way or a mile that way were the sights we wanted to see. The city was a mixture of new modern buildings, 60s era communist buildings and a few old buildings that were left after the bombing. There wasn’t much charm to the city, but we ate well, learned a lot about Jewish history and tried our hardest to adapt to the cold because​ for the next few weeks it’s only going to get colder.

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Krakow

From the first moment we saw the city square in old town we were in ahh. One of the prettiest, biggest, cleanest city squares we’ve seen. The square is comprised of restaurants, shops, museums, beautiful buildings and even carriage rides. You can sit in a cafe and people watch to your heart's content. Even in the cold of 55° (yes, that’s cold for this California girl) you can enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many outdoor restaurants where you will relish in the best soups (I’m sure the cold has something to do with how great they are) and fantastic food. The people as always, were very helpful, pointing us in the right direction when we were lost.

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