Our Krakow Itinerary

If you've read my posts over the last couple of months, you'll be well aware that J and I are off to Krakow this Sunday, 25th March! It's a trip that I planned all on my own as part of J's Christmas present and it feels like the holiday has come around so quickly. We're both ready for a bit of a break and quality time together, so we're going to soak up as much of the city as we can, but I also have a couple of touristy things planned. This is the first time that either of us have been to Poland, so we want to learn all about it and get a real feel for the culture.

Many of you may be wondering, "why Poland?" Well, even though J is South African, a lot of his family come from Poland. In fact, his surname is one of the most popular in the country (it's going to be so refreshing to be somewhere where people actually know how to pronounce his name)! He's always had an interest in his heritage, so it only felt right that we go to the place where all his great-greats are from. It's also no secret that Poland is a very cheap country to visit. I won't lie, the flights were expensive because of the dates I booked, but this couldn't be avoided because there are so many birthdays and events during these Easter holidays, and then I'm back at uni! But if we had a clear schedule, it could have only cost about £50 per person for a return flight there. I booked an Airbnb, which was also extremely reasonably priced, and all the local shops are cheap to buy from, so it's ideal for a student.

Day 1 - our first official day there is Monday 26th, even though we arrive on Sunday. The flight gets in at 10:30pm and that's late for us as it is, never mind factoring in how tired we'll be after travelling. So to give us a bit of a lie in on the morning, I've booked for us to go on a walking food tour with the Free Walkative Tour company. As the name suggests, this company do a range of free tours in the city, however, you have to pay for the food tour because you get to try a range of foods as you walk. You learn all about the history of Poland through eating and I'm so freaking excited for it! It's only 60PLN per person, which works out to be around £12.50 each, but considering I've read reviews that claim you try over 12 different foods and an abundance of vodkas (I don't drink, but when in Poland, right?), this is a more than acceptable price to pay!

Before we head to the tour though, I've suggested that we leave the apartment a little bit earlier so that we can get a our bearings and a sense of the city. This is something that I enjoy doing because as you're walking around, you never know what little gems you might stumble upon and remember to visit the next time you're free. Then after the tour, depending on how hungry we are, we'll probably find a little somewhere local to eat and continue having a meander through the streets.
Day 2 - our second day is going to dedicated to Auschwitz. When I've mentioned that we're going there, some people have taken it quite negatively, but it's something that we feel is important to do when in the country. I remember J had mentioned that some of his family were prisoners in the concentration camps and that he would really like to visit the site to pay respects, so it was something that was an absolute must when planning this trip. Our lovely Airbnb host arranged the whole thing for us, including pick up from our apartment and a guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. This is something that'll be an all day thing, so we'll be packing a lunch to take with us and find somewhere to eat when we get back.

Day 3 - our final day in the city is actually my birthday! I think this is only the second time I've had my birthday outside of the UK (the first time was on a school trip to Germany), and I'm suuuper excited about it. This is the only day that I've kept clear, but I'd like to hit the shops a little, visit St. Mary's Basilica, and maybe take a look at some of the castles. We're also going to go to Hard Rock for tea - I know it's a chain, but I really like it and I want to pick up something from their shop to commemorate our trip. I know that there's a Sephora just around the corner too, so I'm expecting some damage to be done... watch this space!

We'll be ending my birthday with an early night, as we have to be up at the crack of dawn for our flight home. I'm a total grandma, so an early night after a day of walking and shopping is right up my street!

Typing all of this out has made the trip feel so real and I'm practically buzzing with excitement now! I can't wait to share all of the photos with you guys and I apologise in advance for any spamming that I do. If you guys have any suggestions of where we should eat or things we should see while we're there, please let me know.

  

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  1. Oh wow, Krakow :)

    I'm impressed by this. Having holiday'd in Poland myself I got a lot of strange looks from Brits about this, which only made me want to go more.

    Why go to Poland?

    Umm... to do something different from all of the other boring cattle people who go to the same place like sheep? I actually want to explore somewhere my friends haven't been to.

    Dan
    www.somethingmoreweekly.com is the ongoing story of my actual life in South London

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