Poland Day Ten: Back To Exploring Krakow, And It’s Churches, History And Food
It was a 10 minute taxi ride from the train station to the beautiful Sheraton Hotel in Krakow, which is located near Wawel Castle just outside of old town. I arrived around one p.m. After checking in the hotel and settling in my room I immediately sent my cloths for some much needed laundering.
I looked out my window at the scenic Vistula River and noticed the sun had broke through the clouds. I decided to take a walk and join the many residents of Krakow, who were on holiday, and walk along the river in the April sunshine.
A lot of folks and families were feeding the swans and ducks living on the river. It was a pleasant afternoon for a walk. Here are some more photographs from my short stroll along the Vistula.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Ten-Krakow-Vistula-River-hike.-
I walked to the “Royal Route” taken by coronation processions, parades and other important state celebrations since the middle ages. It followed historic Grodzka Street which I soon entered and I again came to the impressive churches of St. Andrew’s
A nun allowed me to enter the altar and take photographs of the many icons, relics and holy images that have adorned the walls of this church for centuries. . Here is a link to some more photographs of the St. Andrew’s Church. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Krakow-churches-St-Andrew-
I visited it’s many side chapels and again the numerous religious icons, paintings and sculptures. Here is a link to some more photos of this splendid church and it’s interior. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Saints-Peter-and-Paul-Krakow-
I made my way to another church, the impressive Church of Saint Francis. Again I left the bright April sunshine and entered the dim light of this beautiful church. It’s construction was started in the 13th century although there were many alterations over the years.
And there were many side chapels, again adorned with many precious and beautiful religious sculptures, paintings, and icons. I could spend hours in the old churches exploring and just taking in their beauty. Here is a link to some more photographs of St Francis church. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-day-Ten-Krakow-St.-Francis-April-17-2017
It was now near 3 p.m so I decided to return to the hotel to meet my sister and niece taking a different route outside of the old town. I crossed the wooded trails of the planty and onto the busy streets of down town Krakow.
I walked through the traffic of the businesses districts just outside the tree lined boundary of old town and returned to my hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs from my afternoon walk. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Ten-Krakow-afternoon-walk-churches-April-17-2017-
We walked through the grounds of the castle. and then made our way back down and to the “Royal Route” or Grodska Street taking in the many famous churches and buildings which I have come to know and love.
We slowly walked the busy street filled with tourists and local residents shopping or having dinner at one of the many outdoor cafes. We walked onto the Main Market Square. and my sister and niece enjoyed this remarkable place for the first time.
We quickly peeked in a few churches, knowing it was getting late and we had planned a walking tour of the city for the next day. So we continued on the “Royal Route” now walking past the two towers of St. Mary’s and onto Florianska Street and it’s many shops and cafes.
It was now getting late and we were hungry so we found a nearby restaurant Pod Ziota Pipa where we had dinner. The found took some time to prepare but it was very good when it arrived. Of, course we tried the pierogi and I had a very good fish dish as my main course.
We left the restaurant in the April twilight and made our way back through the emptying streets of old town Krakow. It was a long day for all of us and we looked forward to getting some sleep, and seeing more of this truly wonderful city in the morning. Here is a link to some more photographs of our evening walk. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Ten-Krakow-evening-walk-April-17-2017-
“But that’s the wonderful thing about foreign travel, suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most basic sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross the street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
― Bill Bryan