Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 09, 2012

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We had a bit of a sleep in today as our departure for the salt mine wasn't until 10am. Wieliczka Salt Mine is very old, with a lot of the passages dating back to the 1600's. The first thing we had to do was climb down 400 stairs. It was a bit scary to look down between the railings and see how far we had to go! At the deepest we we down 130 metres. Our tour took approx. 1 hour 45 min, and we only saw 1%252525 of the mine. They stopped mining the salt in 1964, but there are still around 300 people working in the mine. We saw some amazing sculptures and a very impressive chapel where they actually perform marriage ceremonies! They even hold the receptions in the mine. The funny thing is that the people at the wedding don't really get drunk until they go up the lift to the surface and then it hits them all at once!

After we got back to Krakow we went for tapas for lunch, and then coffee and dessert on the square. After that we walked around Krakow for a few hours. We found our way to Wawel Castle which was very beautiful. We also saw a fire-breathing dragon! We still need to find out what the story is with dragons here - a lot of the souvenir shops have things with dragons, especially near the castle. We have also noticed that a lot of the big, old buildings have giant head sculptures on them of men with funny faces - they are quite entertaining.

We also went to the enormous mall that is around the corner from our house. It is the biggest mall I have ever seen. Erick bought some shoes, but that was all the damage done. We found our Jack Wolfskin store, but it was very small (and rather disappointing).

We went back into the square for dinner and found a Michelin-rated place called Wesele. The food was delicious! I had cabbage rolls and chocolate cake for dessert :) After that it was back to the room for an early night.
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