Krakow, Poland

We’ve made it all the way into Eastern Europe this week to Krakow, one of the oldest and largest cities in Poland

This update is brought to you from a Parisian style café in Krakow called Charlotte. I’m diverging from tradition a little here by sipping on a hot cup of tea- I just wasn’t in the mood for coffee today, believe it or not! I’m also enjoying a delicious sandwich and taking a well-deserved rest from a busy day of tourism!

We’ve only been here 2 days, but have spent a lot of time walking around the Old Town part of the city. We browsed some of the souvenier shops in Sukiennice, the old trading hall and climbed to the top of the 13th century Town Hall Tower to take some picture of the city from up high. The weather has been beautiful, sunny and not too warm for walking, so we took a stroll around Planty, the park that surrounds the Old Town area. We tracked down the Florian Gate, which is the last remnant of the city’s medieval wall and tried to picture the early days of Krakow and how it all would have looked.

After some deliberations (it’s hard to choose what to do when you don’t have much time!) we chose to focus on history for our second day and took a trip to Schindler’s Factory Museum. The museum was focused on life in Krakow under Nazi occupation during World War 2, so it was pretty heavy going and sad but definitely worth a visit. It’s difficult to imagine this beautiful city going through such dark times.

We’re preparing ourselves for a tough but important day tomorrow, as we’re going to take a bus for the 60km trip to Auschwitz. I’m sure it’ll be pretty disturbing, but we didn’t want to come all this way and not pay our respects.

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