If you made it through the past couple of posts you might be hesitant to come to Krakow or Poland. But it’s certainly not all dark here. Poland today is an absolutely beautiful country, even in the dead of winter.
There’s a magnificent creativity here in the public art works.
And the old city is absolutely gorgeous with its brightly coloured houses, church spire and cobblestoned streets.
There’s horses and carriages, and heated golf buggies to take you sightseeing around the city (we chose to walk and just admire the other transportation from afar).
There are still some cute old Eastern European cars on the streets but you will need to be quick to see these because late model Japanese, German and French cars appear to comprise 99 per cent of the vehicles we’ve seen on the roads.
There’s an ordered modernity here with just the right touch of old world charm.
Even in early January the Christmas markets bustle with life and joy. You can buy food, hot drinks and gifts from small carts set up in the main old town square watching the people wander by.
Christmas lights and decorations brighten the winter nights. They also create spaces for people to congregate; many people stop to take photos of the various light displays or pretend to jump out of them for photos.
And there are plenty of historic buildings (most notably Roman Catholic churches) to keep any history buff occupied for days.
Krakow has so much going for it. And, like the people of South Korea, Poles seem to have an unstoppable desire to welcome foreign guests to their country. The city feels proud and optimistic. And why shouldn’t it after all that the population here have gone through. I just wish we had more time to explore this city.