|Adam at breakfast at the hotel in Krakow.|
|Our Polish guide and Adam|
|Karen & Steve and Dave & JoAnn Smith|
This section of Krakow was where they filmed scenes from Schindler's List.
the door obsession continued...
This fire breathing dragon is huge in Poland. (I realize I just got the back of it.) It puts out fire every few minutes and all the kids know the story that goes something like this: Once there was a dragon who always ate all the sheep. The people didn't know what to do and were very scared of it. A smart villager decided to trick the dragon and put fake sheep filled with tar and feathers in the field. The dragon gobbled them up, but was so thirsty from the tar that he drank the entire river and exploded. (Our boys love this story now.)
This dragon is a water spout. Pretty cool.
Looking off into the foggy Vistula River.
The Wawel Royal Castle
Inside the courtyard.
JoAnn and Dave, Adam, Sini, Steve and Karen
Wouldn't this freak you out? I bet the little princes and princesses wouldn't go in this room...
coolest window meets coolest leather
Sini and Linc
And Elliott and Oliver. I think one is actually a girl, but they're both wearing dresses so...
View of Krakow from inside the castle.
This is the entrance to castle's cathedral, because every castle had their own.
Steve and Karen were troopers with all the walking they did. Especially since they both had surgeries scheduled for right after we came home! (Steve- heart surgery and Karen- hip surgery!)
Resting our weary legs.
So I took a photo of this couple on their wedding day because it was funny. But really, look how stylish the Polish are! I love that dress! And I've never seen so many cool boots! Every girl had them and every store. I got my little gray booties there because I love boots.
All the little restaurants are so tiny in Europe. They have all this outdoor seating to allow for more people... but what about the winter? And, we always wanted to eat outside at places, but it seems to be the smoking area since most restaurants don't allow smoking inside anymore.
After we left our guide, we had some time until dinner, so she told us there was a place where we could "drink our chocolate." We thought she meant like hot chocolate, but no, it turned out to be the largest Polish chocolate factory restaurant. They had a whole menu of chocolate desserts and yes, drinks. They also had so many delicious chocolates to choose from. I can't remember all the flavors but there was one that was pear-chili pepper, can you see it below? So good.
Here are our chocolate drinks. They were cold with a bit of berry sorbet in the middle that melted onto the bottom. Adam's was raspberry, mine was strawberry. So rich we couldn't finish. But wow. I loved this shop. We bought a few chocolate bars for people back home at this shop.
This is inside Cloth Hall, where the hub of commerce has been for the last seven centuries. It is said to be one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Textile trade used to go on in here in the 1300's. Now it's mostly souvenirs.
We spent a few minutes in this beautiful park just off Old Town Square. It was so beautiful and we were trying to stay warm on this sunny bench. I always want to remember this park.
more dry tasty bagel pretzels
We hit Polskie Smaki again the 2nd night. We were so sad we were only there for 2 1/2 days. It was the best food of the trip!
Good night Poland. What a beautiful country.