11.01.2010 - 14.01.2010 28 °F
Miles traveled 170
Oh Krakow, I hardly knew thee. We took the train from Wroclaw to Krakow. Sara found us a cute studio apartment to stay in right in Old Town. I was a bit skeptical, but it turned out to be great.
Sadly, my Malaysia belt (which was made out of paper with a faux leather sticker on it) totally gave way by falling into two pieces right in the middle. Finally, Sara pried me out of the room to look for a belt and visit St. Mary’s Basilica on the Square. My pants were falling down, and I was on crutches in the snow. It was not a pretty sight, but the church was beautiful. It had been mostly decorated in the Baroque style. They had a beautiful main altar, ceiling, sculptures, and stained glass. Sara tried to help me by walking behind me and holding my pants up by their back belt loop. But I was getting very cranky about all of this. We then boldly journeyed onward searching in vain for a belt. Finally on Grodska street we found one for 29 zloty! With my pants held up I was a new man, and Sara led me on further adventures.
It was time for a snack by then and we headed to Miod or “honey.” We had deserts and a delicious snack, first plum pierogies YUMMY. Sara led me on toward our final destination of the day, Wawel Castle. A few blocks down we stopped to visit St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, and then the Poor Clares Monastery. My hands were hurting by this time, and I was getting whiny again. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the Castle and we still had to hike all the way home! YIKES!
Finally, across from a tourist information spot I gave up. We went in and ordered a taxi and signed up for a tour to see Oskar Schindler’s factory the next day. The cab came, and I hobbled out. Luck would have it that he practically drove us around the Castle on the way home! I was nearly delirious with exhaustion, hand pain, and joy from seeing our final sight of the day. So far we are loving Poland. For our final days we will relocate to the Orbis Cracovia then back to Jolly old England for transatlantic preparations.
USA eta Jan 20th!!
Mike and Sara