KRAKOW

Cześć! From Krakow
Our train trip from Prague was to say the least, interesting! Our Eurail pass didn’t cover Poland so we needed another buy another ticket to get us from the Czech border to Krakow This also involved a change of trains not long after we crossed the border. We were on an older train, but still an EC train, that was comfortable and fast until we crossed the border into Poland…the further we went, the rougher the ride….I’m convinced we were on corrugated rail lines!  We arrived at the station where we had to change trains, bid farewell to our fellow passengers and waited on the platform for our next train……a small silverish and red train made its way towards us; square fronted, little lights for eyes and a very sad little face. This was a train that had seen much better days……..before ‘Thomas’ had even been thought of….this can’t be OUR train, we thought, it’s just passing through to the yard for retired trains…….WRONG!!

We boarded the train, the interior was very 50’s, that’s 18….not 19!  Laminex wood panelling and slippery bench seats……the best was still to come.  We left the station….at least I think we left the station…..remember the snail from Prague….he was there again but this time as hard as the little red ‘Caboose’ tried,  we couldn’t catch him.  I had had some water and needed to go to the toilet….I held on…..and on….the bumpy rail line won in the end…..’be brave’ said Barbara sitting cross-legged on the bench seat opposite.  I had to go!

You know how they used to say don’t use the toilet in the station……know what I mean, it was a ‘long drop’…a long drop on wheels!….and it was that slow I could count the ‘sleepers’ as they went past!

Finally our little ‘Thomas’ drew into Krakow Station….Barbara did a ‘Usain’ like bolt in search of a WC on solid ground!

We got to the accommodation, dragged the two suitcases up three flights of stairs and then went out into the main square of the town…..what a beautiful, fantastic city.The main city square is huge, 12 acres of paving surrounded by restaurants and shops. There were outdoor, umbrella covered eating areas almost all the way around the perimeter of this huge square and in the centre stood the Renaissance Cloth Hall, a very grand building, the centre of which is now very neat stalls and souvenir shops.

Dotted around the square ‘buskers’ shared their talents. One group of three piano accordion players were regulars in the square. They were fantastic. Their piece de resistance was Bach’s Toccata and Fugue.  There are a lot of piano accordion players in Europe…nearly all of them are very good and play with great feel, dynamics and style!

 

 

 

All of the outdoor restaurants have red blankets draped over the chairs for use by patrons as the temperature drops in the evening. We had dinner at one of the restaurants listening to a nice little Jazz Quartet playing standards, wrapped in our red blankets as we kept our fluid levels up!

The next day was Assumption Day and so a public holiday. All the churches held services pretty much all through the day and all the shops (except souvenir shops) were closed. Krakow is a really beautiful city, not too big and has a very lush green belt around the old city. We walked around following our little map and visited most of the sites and went into churches when we could. We listened to a choir accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble rehearse in one church – it was beautiful and good to sit and listen to music without the hoards of tourists. We also finally got to see a Jewish temple that was not a museum. Thank you Matt Carey for the vegetarian restaurant recommendation – we really enjoyed our meal there.

The photo below is of Jack Peter, born on 23 August with his very proud parents Phil and Neralie

Neralie, Phil and Jack—Photo, Jocelyn Sedgley

Do widzenia
Lance and Barbara (Very proud and happy Grandparents of Jack)

Author: lanceperryman

I live in Adelaide, South Australia and I enjoy traveling both in Australia and internationally.

18 thoughts on “KRAKOW”

  1. Hi 🙂 I have to tell you that I don’t actually like the fountain in the Main Market Square of Kraków but it looks really well in your picture. I’m positively surprised. Generally, your pictures are fantastic! Congratulations on becoming grandparents!

  2. OH MY GOSH, that baby is so Cute…so little..how much did he weigh?
    HEY your bathroom sounds crazy…like the one we had on Crete….put a foot each side of a hole and don’t fall in…this was at the restaurant too…haha.

    Congrats on your new gson…SOOOOo cute…sorry to say with all your lovely photos but he sort of steals the show. :))

  3. Great story! Cute Baby! Krakow…. it’s sort of like the sound that is made when Achibald points the toe. Think about it. Congrats Ma and PA. Steve

  4. CONGRATULATIONS – bet you cant wait to come home and meet gorgeous Jack (great name). Trip sounds amazing – when do you come home? Nothing much happening in Kneebone St – although Peter had the removalist in yesterday so they are probably moving somewhere which is more child friendly. It has been so cold here and wet – enjoy the rest of your travels. Love Adrienne. ps how is your arm Barb?

    1. Hi Adrienne, Thankyou, yes, fantastic news, we are all very happy. We get home on the 28th Sep, Barbara’s arm is doing really well, not using the brace very much at all. We are in Tallinn, leave tomorrow for Helsinki.
      Lance and Barbara

  5. HI there ‘ma and ‘pa, such and amazing trip and now a grandson to come home to. You’ll have to retire and move to Canberra to babysit! LOL. that still stands for lots of love as well. Chris

  6. Congratulations on becoming Grandparents, I bet you can’t wait to see and hold the little one. We are enjoying your exploits and photos. Prague was one of our favorite places and your photos do it justice. How is Barbara’s arm ? all the best….Blue

    1. Hi, Thanks for your kind wishes, Barbara will be just transferring planes when we arrive back home. Prague is very beautiful, I think I would like to return in Winter, I saw some photos of it covered in snow, looked fantastic, not too many tour guides either. The arm is doing very well, Barbara is hardly wearing the brace at all.
      Lance and Barbara

  7. Hi Lance & Barbara,
    Interesting looking city… Lovely photo of Jack Peter and his Mum & Dad hes really small….
    our Grson was 4kilos & We thought he was smalll….. Wont be long and you will be able to give him a cuddle.
    Safe travels
    Glenda & Max

  8. Nice one hope yr bum isn’t too sore. I am stuck at changing airport waiting for my midnight flight to London over there until 11 sept if u are in town congrats on being a grandpa Mr C

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