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Baltics Trip – Day #13: Krakow, Poland

Day 13: Krakow, Poland. Today we visited the Jewish quarter, starting at Plac Nowy, basically an open-air flea market with food stalls. Here I was introduced to what is apparently the best zapiekanki (Polish flatbread kinda like pizza, but better) around – amazingly good stuff! We also visited a synagogue which had been turned into a very good museum. By this time my ankle was really acting up, so I took it easy and had a coffee in a cafe while the others carried on to some more Jewish history sites. Later I rejoined the others and spent some time at the Christmas market and wandering the Old Town. We had supper in a local “milk bar,” a carry-over from Communist days – basically a place to get really cheap, filling food, and lots of it. Tomorrow we’re day-tripping to Zakopane, a mountain village in the Tatras Mtns.

Entering the Jewish quarter

Jewish quarter
Some of the buildings in the Jewish quarter are abandoned and run down 

The morning market at Plac Nowy

The morning market at Plac Nowy

The morning market at Plac Nowy
Jewish synagogue museum

Jewish cemetery

Jewish cemetery

Jewish quarter

Jewish quarter

Jewish quarter
Old medieval gates to the city
It was pretty surreal to hear a local guy crooning cowboy songs (complete with a country twang) in a heavy Polish accent near the old city gates.

Part of the old medieval city wall

Juliusza Slowakiego Theater

The dragon Smok Wawelski, the namesake of Wawel Castle

Krakow’s Christmas market

Krakow’s Christmas market: stand selling pottery from Poland’s southwest region

Krakow’s Christmas market

Krakow’s Christmas market – food vendor

Krakow’s Christmas market – it’s worth visiting for the food alone

Krakow’s Christmas market

Krakow’s Christmas market

Krakow’s Christmas market

Krakow’s Christmas market / Rynek Glowny square

Bazilika Mariacka (St. Mary’s Basilica)

Bazilika Mariacka (St. Mary’s Basilica). Every hour, a trumpeter plays the famous “Heynal” song out of the top windows

Rynek Glowny square

Locals enjoying cafes on the edges of Rynek Glowny square

One of many cheap-but-delicious restaurants where you pay for your food by weight. Love that translation!

Florianska Street decked out for Christmas

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