Sunday, April 5, 2015

Horrible weather can't diminish Krakow's charms

On Tuesday afternoon we left our warm sunny Port only to arrive several hours later in a very cold, windy Krakow. Severe winds were blowing across Northern Europe creating chaos. As we stood at the shuttle bus stop we were very thankful of the offer of a drive into Krakow for €5 each. Once the van driver had four of us we were off. Of course, this wasn't a proper cab, just a man with a van. It did dawn on me as we were driving in with the two other passengers, who were chatting away in Polish with the driver, that we could end up anywhere. Not to worry, the driver was very nice and we soon found ourselves in the market square and not far from our hotel.

Once we were unpacked we made a short trip to our restaurant, a few metres away. I must admit I was a bit concerned about what the food was going to be like in Poland but all concerns were blown away by this lovely little restaurant. I had melt-in-your mouth slices of veal leg with a mushroom sauce, some chip-like potatoes, green salad and a local beer that was very orange in color and seemed like it hadn't been filtered. Everything was perfect except for the wind that was blowing umbrellas across the square.

Regardless of the weather, we just had to go for a walk around the square. We passed lots more restaurants in lovely old buildings. As we peeked inside some we could see the old wooden bars, furnishings and wooden ceilings. Lots of atmosphere. There were an assortment of coffee houses and jazz clubs right around the square. Our hotel was built in the 1500s as a merchant's house. I must admit we were glad to return to our room and get out of the wind to plan tomorrow's activities.

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