Lunching in Krakow #2

30 08 2014

It may appear that all I ever do when I’m travelling (or at home) is eat which is partly true but while my next topic after the last one would have been the Wawel Royal Castle, when I tried to visit the site one morning close to noon and joined a long line to purchase a ticket, I was allotted one for an entry at 2:25 pm.  So I figured I had to have lunch before that and looked for some place near and just happened to stumble upon this establishment serving wonderful Polish cuisine.

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Candlelight by day and a rose and a linen napkin. Love it.

Local wine.  A nice rosé.

Local wine. A nice rosé. Didn’t know Poland produced wines but apparently yes.

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Poland is big on lard. Very good.

And they are big on fruit sauces.  Grilled local ewe cheese with cranberry sauce.

And they are big on fruit sauces. Grilled local ewe cheese with cranberry sauce.

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Barley soup.

Barley soup.

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Restauracja Pod Aniolami





Lunching in Krakow #1

29 08 2014

It was past 3 pm when I got back to the city from a trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial on my second day in Krakow, Poland.  It appeared and I had read that people ate lunch late which was the biggest meal of the day so I was in good timing.  Decided to hop over to a cafe with a bit of history in the middle of the main square of the Old Town to have something proper but not too heavy.

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A nice view of St. Mary's Basilica.

A nice view of St. Mary’s Basilica.

It was a very hot day with the sun very much glaring but by the time I was finishing lunch (which was very delish) I saw that the staff at the cafe was taking cushions off the chairs outside and bringing them inside.  Sure enough it was getting noticeably darker and overcast.  Decided to quickly head back to the apartment, about ten minutes away, and as soon as I got back, it started to literally pour.

Phew.  Managed to stay dry during the storm.

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Visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

28 08 2014

On the day after I arrived in Krakow, Poland, I took a tour to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum located in the town of Oświęcim, about an hour or so away from Krakow, and it was one of the more difficult tours I have done anywhere but it was one of the main purposes of my wishing to go to Poland in the first place.  The sheer number of victims of the Holocaust, the conditions they were put under, and the fate of most of them are beyond imagination.

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You would think “never again” to war after seeing something like this but somehow we are still so far away from peace to all.





My First Night in Krakow

27 08 2014

The first thing you have to do after you check into an apartment on your travel, at least for me, is to think about getting yourself organized for the duration of your stay in terms of meals.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, what are you going to do, are you going to eat in the apartment or eat out all the time.  My preference tends to be have breakfast in the apartment, eat properly and elaborately if appropriate and if time allows in a restaurant at lunch, and have something light with a bottle of wine by your side in your apartment at dinner time.  Especially if I’m travelling alone.

My travel day between Warsaw and Krakow fell on a Sunday and I figured Poland being in Europe and very much Catholic, nothing would be open on the day I arrive in Krakow which got me thinking, how would I stock up for breakfast??  Before I left Warsaw, I found streets to be deserted with just a few mini-supermarkets to be open late in the morning.  Even coffee shops opened late and there was not much choice for eating breakfast out.

So I was surprised when I arrived at the main train station in Krakow which is attached to a mega shopping mall (lucky me) that absolutely everything was open and that the place was buzzing with people.  I later found out that this shopping mall was open until 9 pm on Sundays and 10 pm on other days from 10 am.  Talk about long business hours.

In any event, did my grocery/breakfast/wine/vodka shopping at a couple of the supermarkets (yes, went to two different stores) in the mall, consulted the web as to where to eat in the evening as I wanted to eat out, and dashed out of the apartment to walk and discover the neighborhood.

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Where I got dinner.  A cash-only, almost self-serve home cooking place.  Absolutely wonderful.

Where I got dinner. A cash-only, almost self-serve home cooking place. Absolutely wonderful.

I had what was supposed to be typical Polish, very pink beetroot soup which was surprisingly very tasty.  What looks like crepe they call fried pancake on the menu which makes you worried but it’s really good especially the taste of the leek they use.  Very flavorful.

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My Apartment Life in Krakow

26 08 2014

If I was going to be in a foreign city for as many as five days straight, I would definitely rent an apartment as opposed to staying in a hotel if given a choice.  Such was the case in Krakow, Poland on my recent trip to the country’s old capital.  I found a lovely property very close to Krakow Glowny, the main train station, and the entrance to the Old Town.

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I had an "outhouse" apartment.

I had the “Soft Apartment”, an outside house.

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Freshly squeezed orange juice, compliments of the apartment owner.

Freshly squeezed orange juice, compliments of the apartment owner.

How else would you drink it in Poland.

How else would you drink it in Poland.

Found a fun-looking wine from Bulgaria.

Found a fun-looking wine from Bulgaria.

Quite nice.

Quite nice.

So began my life in Krakow.

Laiko Apartments

 

 

 








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