Some Like It Hot
Trip Start Jun 29, 2013
11Trip End Jul 28, 2013
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During the tour, Jacob mentioned that the only thing in the city worth paying for is to see the altar in St. Mary's Church. He said that the altar is well known for a sculpture of the Virgin Mary's death in which the apostles are holding Mary as she dies and Jesus is holding a smaller version of Mary representing her soul going to heaven.
My Catholic brain nearly exploded. I had to see this sculpture in a Catholic Church that supposedly depicted the death of Mary, who, to my knowledge, never died according to Catholic tradition. Right? To me the sculpture clearly shows her weakened in her earthly life, but being bodily assumed into heaven. I really wish there had been a clearer explanation inside the church. My better Catholic friends will have to help me out here.
3 lipiec, 2013
Today was our last day in Krakow and we went to the salt mines in Wieliczka. I recommend that if you decide to visit these salt mines ever, pay the extra price for a group trip on a charter bus. I thought about taking the train out there ourselves, but we would have never gotten in without the reservation secured for us by the group. The presidents of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, and Hungary were all spending the afternoon visiting the mine, so it would have been especially difficult to get in. It didn't cost much extra to guarantee entrance to the mine with an experienced guide and a bus that dropped us off much closer to the entrance than the train would have. We went with Cracow City Tours. They also offer other tours, such as to Auschwitz and Czestochowa.
Check out some of the pictures of the amazing artwork inside the mines. Almost everything you see is made entirely of salt. The mine would take almost 4 months to explore completely, so you can see many many more sculptures if you google Wieliczka Salt Mine
After the tour we had a delicious Polish lunch and then went to the Wawel castle for a little bit before heading back to the apartment to finish packing to catch the night train to Prague
And now that we're not in Krakow anymore, I'm sure you're all dying to see the adorable little place we stayed while we were there. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/593739 scroll all the way to the last picture. It's my favorite.