The other Krakow

Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Hotel Europejski

Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Krakow is a marvelous city!

We loved the contrast between the old and modern. It's really easy to pick the communist era building because its all in the modernist functional style and is usually shoddy crap. The recent stuff looks like any major city in the world. There's an enormous high-end shopping complex only 5 minutes from the Old Town. There are Paris Hilton lookalikes everywhere. Then round the corner, there's all this romantic old area. Well, romantic if you don't HAVE to live there. We think the developers will have gobbled it up before too long and it'll look like any other trendy refurbished old part of town. Which will be nice because we'll like it. But where will the current residents go?

The only thing that we didn't like about Krakow is the horrendous traffic. Every time we tried to go somewhere on the bikes it was like sticking your head in a plastic bag full of diesel fumes while being squashed between two trucks. There's road works everywhere and there's no real motor scooter or bike culture. The public transport is very prominent but there's just too many cars. Unlike nearly every other big or medium Euro city we've seen, there's no city government involvement in providing free or subsidised push bikes, and there isn't the hordes of scooters and motorcycles which take so much strain off the road system. It's a lot more like say Melbourne.

Still a city of great elegance and culture - theatre, bookshops and music everywhere.
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Mum on

Lovely looking hotel! You seem to strike mostly pretty good ones. Didn't like the thought of being down a salt mine for too long! But what clever work on the part of the miner/sculptors to carve all those figures! We look forward eagerly to your next lot of commentaries. Which route are you taking to make your way back? I have our big atlas out semi-permanently to see where you are in relation to the last place you described. I haven't had time to experiment with trying to print your blog again. Will it still exist for a while after you arrive home? If so, you will be able to help me, I hope, though i will, when I have time contact Jaala and see if she can help. Must go. I'm supposed to be writing an article for tomorro's writers' group at U3A and have hardly started. Keep safe and well. We are both well. Lots of love, Mum and Dad.

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