For so long now I have been wanting to go to Poland and see what the birth country of my late Grandfather had to offer and we were certainly not disappointed.
We knew this trip would be slightly more relaxed that our usual ones as Sarah was due to have yet another ACL operation on return, so the walking would be slower and the activities less, but we still had a lot crammed into a 3 day trip.
On arrival to Gatwick we had a packed EasyJet flight and a wonderful small child behind us kicking away at our seats. If anyone has ever seen Kindergarten Cop (90’s favourite) well lets just say we ran out of pencils!
The weather in Krakow was actually pretty warm, I have always been told how harsh the Polish weather is, but perhaps we were just in time for the last of the sunshine. We spent our first afternoon in Kraków just wondering around the main square. It’s such a pretty place and the locals are incredibly friendly.
We decided to eat at the following restaurant the first night http://zielonakuchnia.eu/en/restaurant/ and the food here was absolutely fabulous, along with the service. The restaurant is pretty small and not easy to find, but it is certainly worth it as everything we had tasted absolutely amazing.
The next morning we were up nice and early for our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum. We had hired a car, so our journey took us about an hour. I had been only once before to a concentration camp in Germany and it’s always a very emotional place to visit. My Grandfather was imprisoned in Siberia during the war and although we don’t know how long he was there for, as it was not something he often spoke about but he did tell us that he had never felt cold like it and he was just one of the lucky ones that managed to survive. Driving into Auschwitz it had the same feel again SILENCE. We were on a guided tour as it’s extremely large and our English speaking guide was fantastic in explaining the vast space and rooms that Auschwitz has. This is a place if you are visiting Poland you just have to go to. It’s incredibly upsetting, but something that must be seen, so that something like this never happens again.
On our somber drive back into the city Jess managed to use her nose and sniff out a shopping mall. Poland is not only a great place to visit, but it’s really cheap as well. A few hours later we eventually were on the road and were told about the following restaurant by a couple of locals, as it had some great traditional Polish food. http://www.fabfusion.pl/en/ Not only was this place a great find it was probably some of the best food I have ever had. There is a mixture of food on the menu, but as told they did have lots of traditional Polish food, which I took full advantage of. The service is also amazing here along with the live music they have in the evening. I think this would be my first stop if I visit Krakow again.
Our last day in Krakow we spent wondering around Wawel Castle and enjoying the sunshine in the square.
I enjoy being surprised by places in this world and Poland was certainly one of them.
Dziadek Polska jest bardzo piękne, tylko szkoda, że nie odwiedzę ponownie ze sobą.
Till next time, Travel EZ the ladies from EZPZ