Tuesday, February 21, 2012

9 flights; 9 trains; 6 buses. part 4.

the next leg on our trip was krakow, poland. the three of us were really nervous about this stop because we didn't know much about the city or the people. we were just going to wing it. and wing it, we did! krakow was my favorite stop on the trip. the people were amazingly kind (they all spoke english, too!). the food was ungodly good. the city was breathtaking. and everything was dirt cheap! 

christmas decorations still lingered in the windows, on the trees, and on the buildings. apparently the city keeps them up for 70 days. even though it was a bit strange to see christmas trees and garland everywhere, it gave the city such a beautiful glow at night.  

snow flurries on our way to the hotel

basilica of the virgin mary's

krakow's main market square was lovely. it is the largest medieval town square in europe. it is filled with restaurants, churches, townhouses and shops. while strolling the square you'll find that every hour a golden trumpet shows above the square in the tower of the basilica of the virgin mary's. i wish i had it on video because it was a really great sight to watch as everyone stopped what they were doing to gather around the church to watch the trumpeter.

we took a quick trip to the wieliczka salt mine. built in the 13th century, it is one of the world's oldest salt mines still in operation. the mine's attractions include dozens of statues and an entire chapel that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. probably the coolest thing i've seen in a long time.

walls of salt

chandelier made of salt

one of the many chapels.

the rest of our time was spent walking around aimlessly (in the snow!), drinking delicious beer and indulging in some yummy polish food!


our hotel room was not made for tall people

beautiful snowfall on our last day


our time in krakow was fantastic. we had two days in this lovely city but could have easily stayed longer. if i ever have the lucky chance to make a trip back, i would take it in a heartbeat. even with the snow again.

next stop: belfast, northern ireland!

{part 1: harrogate, england}
{part 2: seville, spain}
{part 3: cambridge, england}


Holly said...

Such gorgeous photos, especially when the snow started to fall!

Lottie said...

The snow makes everything look even prettier!

I have never been to Krakow and now really have an urge to go to see the golden trumpet alone.

Anna said...

Oh! This looks sooo lovely! It's not far away from the city where I was born- Cieszyn, although I've never really visited Krakow, and I really feel like doing that when I'm looking at these photos. I'm so glad you had a great time over there!

Barbara said...

I LOVED this post!! Seeing Krakow again in the snow is just fantastic. I'm glad you enjoyed this city. It's one of my favourites in Poland too :) Check out my posts on Krakow if you want to see more!

CupcakesOMG! said...

whoaaaa...these pictures are incredible!!! hopefully you can join us for the bachelor next week!!

Kelly said...

These are beautiful! My family went to Germany over Christmas, ending in Berlin. It was SO close to Poland, I really wish we had been able to make it! Looks like you had a blast (even if your head hits hotel doors!)

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh, how beautiful! I'm even more excited about my plan to visit Poland next year! SO glad I found your blog!


Nicole Marie said...

wow so beautiful! but it sure looks cold!!

cailen ascher said...

what a gorgeous city! there's something so magical about the pictures you posted - love the snow!!


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