I was orignially planning on getting to the Slovakian side of the High Tatra mountains, but the logistics of getting there from Krakow were too much of hassle, so I settled for a day in Zakopane (on the Polish side) instead.  I was up at the crack of dawn and as we drove further, Read More

We had a lazy last day in Krakow.  In the morning we visited Wawel Hill and toured the castle, the royal staterooms and catherdral there.  In the afternoon we walked through Kasimierz, the old Jewish quarter of the city.  I guess I was expecting more, like a scene out of "Schindler’s List", but there, Read More

We caught the train down to Oswiecim, which is (unfortunate for the locals) better known by the German translation Auschwitz.  We first visited Auschwity I, the original concentration camp set up to house mainly Polish political prisoners.  It saw its fair share of deaths however – thousands were summarily executed by the Nazis and, Read More

We made a day trip out of Krakow to the town of Wieliczka, famous for its Heritage-listed salt mine.  We took a tour through about 3km of the mine, which is only around 1% of the mine’s length – it’s been mined for several centuries and in their "spare time" the miners have made, Read More

I’m now in Krakow and enjoying it so far.  Everyone we spoke to said most of the action in Poland is in and around Krakow, so we made a bee-line for the city after we left Bratislava behind. Krakow really is a delightful little city.   A bit too touristy for my liking, but it, Read More