|Wow, what a city. We knew Poland was going to be cool because Emily's family is from the Gdansk area and Czestochowa (near Krakow). Krakow was hardly touched in WWII and remains one of Europe's oldest cities with one of its oldest Universities (3rd behind Cambridge and Oxford).
Life seems easy in a city where people stroll around, eat ice cream cone after ice cream cone, and drink plenty of beer. It is full of sidewalk cafes, shops and the sweet smells of Polish cooking. We had a wonderful time strolling, shopping, eating, drinking, and just watching people. It is a fairly cheap city that has thrived since Communism ended in 1991. It has high-end restaurants, well-known cellar pubs, great beer and wine, good pizza and a center of town comparable to Brussel's center.
Our hotel room had a feel that it once held a family that lived through a torrid history. We were very conscience of the fact that almost every part of Poland was affected in some way by Hitler and the Nazis. We even visited the old Jewish quarter that once held 60,000 Jews, but now holds only 100 today. By the way, almost every Jew who lived in Poland in 1939 was sent to a Concentration camp and murdered.
Enjoy our pictures and make sure you head east while visiting Europe--there are many unexpected treasures here that Western Europe does not have. Believe us!