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Krakow, June 9-11th, 2000:

Marching bands in Rynek GlownyKrakow is one of our favorite places in Eastern Europe.

They've got the savior faire of Prague, but without the crowds. They've got the services one could want at prices that leave room for more ice cream.

Ornate church   


Everywhere are examples of sumptuous architecture...


Sisters and McDonalds   

and anachronistic mixtures of archetypes.





Horse TaxiFire Performers   

Wherever we turned, there was something on which to feast our eyes.




Kathleen in Wawel TowerSigmund's Bell   

We did a few of the traditional touristy things, like climbing St. Sigmund's tower to see his bell.








And then descending to the crypt.


CoffinsOnce these royal coffins were only accessible by creepy torchlight.

But now we walk around under crown shaped electric chandeliers.

They adorn rooms as if they were furniture for sale in a macabre showroom.


Local food   


Then we went in search of the local life. We found it in U Stasi, where the waitress saw these men come in the door. By the time they'd worked their way over to our table and sat down with us, she showed up with their food.

Locals Eating   

It was the same thing we'd had: beet soup and cheese perogies.


Jewish Restauants   


On to the Jewish Quarter: Kazimierz. Four restaurants with names like Ester or Arial were waiting for our business.

Film poster   

We had to come back two days later see the Jewish sites because the synagogues were closed on Friday for a special holiday.

Jewish Cemetary   


The Old Jewish Cemetery in Krakow has the remains of the likes of Kafka.




Old Campers   


But the wait wasn't bad. We got to hang around and visit with other visitors. Here a retired couple from Scotland put our e-mail addresses into their palm tops.

Kids and the Musicians   






On to Prague

Back to Poland



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