Ghetto Square, Wawel Castle, St Mary's Basilica and shopping!
25.06.2011 - 25.06.2011 20 °C
After a leisurely morning brought about by a late check-out time, packing slowly and several significant rain showers I finally headed out late morning to catch up on a few more things in Krakow I had missed.
After finally bothering to work out the tram ticketing situation (not difficult at all due to awesome ticket machines that not only had the information in English but explanations for the tickets), I made my way down to the old Jewish Ghetto across the river. This square has this unusual ‘monuments’ in the form of several chairs neatly organised across the square. It was depicting one man’s image of the ghetto immediately after liquidation where all that remained was the chairs from the processing of the Jews.
I then caught a tram up to Wawel Castle. I found it impressive that these buildings have survived so well despite being in the middle of town – through 20th Century invasions and occupation by the Germans and later the Russian Red Army. The Cathedral was beautiful particularly surrounded by the other buildings up on this hill.
After wandering back up through the old town I got caught in a rain storm and sheltered in the very pretty St Mary’s Basilica with its incredible gilded high altar and surrounding stained glass windows. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Catholic church with a blue roof with stars – very pretty.
After a steady rainstorm seemed to set in I decided to head to the Gallerie Krakow, where against my better judgement I decided shopping would be a good use of my time… 2 tops, 1 skirt, socks and 4 books managed to squeeze into my luggage but not the smartest of me.
Anyway, hung around there until it was time to collect my luggage and head to the train station for the trip from Krakow to Vienna overnight, and then on to Salzburg the next morning.