Up on Wawel Hill

Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland

Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland

Wawel Hill, Krakow, Poland

Wawel Cathedral, Krakow, Poland

I haven’t been to many castles, but out of those I have visited, the one on
Wawel Hill is definitely my favorite.

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Talking Flowers in Krakow

Krakow, Poland

One of my favorite things about travel is connecting with the locals. Even if it’s just a brief moment or simple conversation, those are moments I remember. Unfortunately I cannot say that I speak many languages, but when I can fit it into my schedule, I have been studying Spanish and Polish. On a trip to Krakow my very limited Polish paid off.

We were walking through the Planty (a beautiful park that encircles the Old Town) at dusk. I stopped to take a picture as the street lights were turning on and noticed a little lady in my viewfinder hiding from my camera. She was selling small bouquets of little red flowers and I approached her to buy one after I took this photo. To my surprise and delight, I understood everything she said, and I’m pretty sure she understood me as well. I walked away with not only a picture, but some pretty flowers, a smile, and a moment I will always remember.

Ulica Florianska

Krakow, Poland

I took this photo from inside the chapel in St. Florian’s Gate, which over looks Ulica Florianska, a fun and lively street full of cafes, shops, and pubs. At the other end of the street is the beautiful Mariacka Basilica. Down this street alone, I purchased a lovely piece of amber jewelry, had an amazing plate of pierogi, found a Krakow Christmas Creche (nativity) to take home, and enjoyed some great live jazz at an underground club…. yes, I did see other parts of the city too.

Meeting Kraków

 

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

I couldn’t believe I was there. I had been so excited to meet Kraków, and it did not disappoint.

History, art, music, architecture. Lively markets and underground jazz clubs. The best pierogi ever created.

Krakow

Krakow

It was a trip full of wonderful experiences, but there are some I know I’ll never forget.

Receiving a warm smile from a stranger when I’m 4,000 miles from home. A silent moment spent contemplating all that had taken place inside a tiny, beautiful, thousand-year-old church. Waking up to a view of a castle.

Krakow

Krakow

It was incredible to meet you Kraków. I hope to see you again soon.