It is incredible relaxing to walk through the old city of Krakow with it's 140 church
and old buildings on a sunny day in March. Nothing like the usual tourist hassle
and pollution, a special atmosphere, the sound of singing birds and older tourist i
couples strolling through the city .
It is my favorite town.
Polish people were very friendly, and the bad reputation concerning criminality have not been experienced by us. Most don't speak any English, so you are left with some words and sign language. Also Poland is not endlessly cheap restaurants and general prices are affordable although servings in restaurants are rather small to tiny. 3.6 (new) Poland Zloty PLZ are about one EUR or 4 PLZ one USD in March 2002. In hotels you pay regular prices. I have been twice here in March 2000 and 2002.
At the airport I changed the money I need for the ride to Krakow at Orbis.
You get a terrible rate there about 11% worse then in a Kantor. 3.60 PLZ/EUR.
I also board the train ticket to Krakow there 50 PLZ + 17 PLZ for Reservation
which appeared to be more expensive as at the station also they speak some English.
If you miss the train you have to buy the reservation again but the ticket
stays valid I was told. To get to the central station you have the choice of using the
bus or a Taxi. The shuttle service was canceled. Numerous of taxi drivers sneak
around trying to offer there overpriced service. A telephone which was out of order
eat my 37 PLZ telephone card and refused to return it. The Intercity train is
nice and relatively comfortable and does just one stop at the terminal station
in Krakow. It looks that in Poland they like the idea to have things included.
Like with air-trips you get a free snack there. Arriving at Krakow station there
are two handy things to get you a hotel: There is a online information board
at the end of the main under-path of the new part of the train station, showing
online availability of each class of rooms. And there is a 3d image in the
other under-path of hotels around the station/center. Also at hotel reception
people speak some English for the rest only view people speak English so
communication is limited to sing language and some words.
We stayed in the Hotel Justiana which is 3 km away from the down town.
We got there hotel by tram line 15. A ticket is 2 PLZ.
|The cafe Paparazi is cosy and offers a cup of coffee for 4 PLZ. We discover the restaurant Lapis in the evening. It's avavgart design and it cosines makes it a special great experience. The soup is delivered in bread as dish. You can eat there for 25 PLZ per person including desert.||
|We have breakfast in a cafe called Camelot which also serves as gallery. Then we went to Wawel a limestone hill near the river Wista which served as residence for Polish Royal family in the history an now serves as museums and galleries. Legends are told about Wawel earliest history. A dreadful dragon has resided here, it is told, which favorite meal were humans - especially virgins. The cave is situated at the Wista river side of Wawel where a dragon figure has been placed. Finally he was defeated by a poor shoemaker who gave him a sheep filled sulphur which made the dragon so thirsty that it bursts from drinking all the water.||
|It appears that all museums we where are closed on this rainy day. March is not the season for museums. Movies are in general in there original language with subtitles, hence mostly in English. So I wonder why not more people speak English? We watched all kind of movies during the week e.g. bone collector for 14 PLZ each.|