I got off the train in
After getting lost again and again, I found myself near an incredibly big castle; the Wawel. Luckily for me, my hostel was very near to the castle, which enabled me to check-in and get my bed, even thought it would be impossible for me to sleep with the noisy, party-loving hostel-mates.
Next morning would be my real morning in
'The Dragon's Den' is the other attraction in the Wawel. It's a limestone den where the legendary dragon supposed to rest. It leaded me one more time to the park which opens to 'The Royal Coronation Route'.
The Route leads after half an hour's walk to the old town center;
Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) - a large shopping center- The Town Hall Tower where I got a 360 degrees view of the city, many restaurants and bars and the Gallery of the National Museum. I spent a lot of time at this center, looking around, taking photographs of the buildings, statues and of people and visiting the exhibitions at the Tower.
before I could get a chance to ask someone, other old people dressed as soldiers came from the Basilica. I learned later that it was the celebration of one of two uprisings of
Barbican is a big round castle-like building, built as fortification to the defense of the city in the 15th century. This building and the gates creates the most medieval atmosphere alongside the Wawel and was a nice end to my walking tour of the
I left my second day to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp which is two hours away from
The films -like The Life is Beautiful- introduced everyone with a knowledge of the conditions, but seeing the places where the Jews lived, even the common toilets and the proofs of the medical experiments that the evil (I always though of him) Mengele and feeling the heavy presence of the camp is a very different and painful experience for me. The weather wanted to fortify my sorrowful experience and a heavy rain in the middle of the summer gave me a very appropriate atmosphere for my photographs to reflect the lost souls of the camp. Birkenau was more depressing than
The next day, I left the beautiful Krakow very early in the morning for my short trip in
First of all, I observed that almost every building of the old city has some kind of ornament on itself -even the common apartments-, either small statues, beautiful, shiny paintings or some kind of borders on the buildings. I don't think I ever saw so many statues in such a short time and what impressed me enormously was that most of the statues have incredible, living and natural facial impressions and beautiful details. The old city center is, like
After the old city, I decided to go and visit the