arrival, and first impressions
Its nice to fall in love again at my age, but truly did with this wonderful city. left home at 4 am 8/5/07,proceeded to Glasgow Prestwick, used carpark no 7, long term,, 22.50 pounds weekly, excellent service there and on our return.. Good flight arriving Krakow approx 11 am to be met by a Mercedes arranged by mail by Grodska apartments, cost 60 zl. The apartments were 40 metes from the central square, a truly wonderful location. excellent apartment albeit up 3 flights of stairs, not suitable for the elderly or infirm but they do have one flat on ground level, the company has apartments at two other central locations. We found the service excellent, the staff providing excellent info re restaurants and visits, all staff speaking excellent English. We found the town itself rich in architecture, art, and history, and buzzing. Everything is truly only a walk away, easily reachable for the not so young. We took advantage of the Schindler walking tour, Cool tours, leaving from in front of the small church on the main square ,.lasting approx 4 hours, was highly informative ,interesting,, and not to be missed, The guide was superb with a good insight into the history of the demise of the Jewish Quarter,, Definitely recommended .We ate out for every meal, and honestly never had a bad meal, just some better than others .As a history buff, interested in military history, having visited Germany over 20 years, visiting Gross Rosen kz,, Bergen-Belsen,, Dachau, Mittelbau Dora,, Buchenwald, i wanted to visit Auswitchz -Birkenau but purely from a more personal level. My aunt married a German Jew from Hamburg who fortunately was at university in England in 1933 when the actions against the Jewish race were initiated . His parents, recognising the wind of change, insisted he stay put, he was initially interned but subsequently joined the British army in the intelligence corps as an interpreter .My aunt was at this time also in the forces, they met, subsequently married. His parents, two sisters plus husbands and their children in total ,17 members ,including their extended family met their end at this infamous place. It still remains a mystery to me that a race that produced such as Beethoven, Bach, Goethe , Schiller, could stoop to such infamy. Suffice to say that it was a deeply moving experience.