Kraków Day 2
Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
26Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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The Kraków castle started out as the seat of Polish royalty but fell into disrepair when the capital was moved to Warsaw in the 1609. Over the years since then various foreign nations conquered the area variously stealing things from the castle and taking it over as their own, making improvements. After returning to Polish control it rose in importance until in 1921 it became the residence of the Polish president. It is now a national museum.
The cathedral inside the castle is, as you would expect, an impressive and beautiful church
From the Wawel Castle we returned to continue exploring old town. While walking along one of the side streets I saw a large building that advertised it was the Instituto Cervantes and they taught Spanish classes. Yesterday it was the librerķa, today it's the Instituto Cervantes. I drug Bruxi inside with me to check it out. This wasn't a little storefront with one or two classrooms. It was a large modern building. I went past the guard who motioned me inside and the receptionist greeted me in Spanish.
I explained (in Spanish) that I was just curious because yesterday I'd seen the librerķa and today this large institute. I was curious as to why there was such a Spanish language presence in Poland. She explained that Spanish has become a very popular language to learn among Poles and there's lots of interest in the Spanish language and culture. I never would have guessed. I thanked her and we went on our way. I'm still a little amazed. I haven't run into evidence of any particular interest in Spanish anywhere else we've been. Go figure.
One of the stops this time was the Church of Saints peter and Paul with statues of all twelve of the disciples lining the front entrance
The Cloth Hall, in the center of the town square is a long building that was built to house the stalls of the town's merchants in the 14th century and it still serves that purpose, though rather than serving the needs of the town's residents the merchant's stalls sell souvenirs and trinkets to tourists. I suspect the only language not heard in the hall is Polish.
We returned to Kazimierz for dinner again tonight, wandering around the area for a while before stopping at a restaurant to eat.
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