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Hello Krakow – City of Kings and Dragons

Hello Krakow – City of Kings and Dragons
Sasha Hlozek

Just like all of the team here at Diamond PR, I have a serious case of wanderlust, a desire to see as much of the world as I can, so I was excited to add one more country to my list when I visited Poland last month.  Ever since I studied abroad in Prague while in college, I had been curious about the city of Krakow – I’d heard great things, but honestly didn’t know too much about it.  Sometimes there’s an advantage to going to a place without any preconceived notions – that way you discover how you feel about a city or country along the way – and that was certainly the case for me.

I was lucky enough to already be in Prague for my annual holiday visit to stay with my parents, so Krakow, just across the border, was within my reach.  We decided to take a train, which only goes to the border of the Czech Republic and then you transfer to a bus for the remaining two hours – it had been a while since I traveled on a train and I thoroughly enjoyed it – a great way to watch the changing countryside as it passes by or nod off to the rhythm of the train gliding across the tracks…

My top experiences from exploring the city include:

  • Visiting the Christmas market – taking place from November through December 26 in Rynek Glowny, one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, you can sip on warm spiced wine as you browse the stalls with beautiful ornaments, hand-painted pottery and sweet treats.
  • Listening to the trumpet player in St. Mary’s tower – every hour on the hour, a traditional five-note Polish anthem is played by a trumpeter from the highest tower over the main square – it really makes you feel like you’re in a fairytale…
  • Eating pierogis (Polish dumplings) and sipping Polish vodka – with hearty fillings like spinach, mushroom and cheese and potato and cabbage, accompanied by chilled Wyborowa vodka, this was the perfect way to warm up.
  • Finding freshly baked traditional doughnuts filled with rose-flavored jam sold just around the corner from where we stayed.
  • Scoring special little finds in the boutiques and shops in Kazimierz, the historic Jewish district.

This charming, medieval city – founded on the slaying of a dragon according to legend – is one not to be missed.

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Sasha Hlozek

A Boston College Eagle and eternal optimist who loves airports, Sasha is always looking for a new place to explore. When she’s not trying to see as much of the world as she can, she’s catching a live sporting event, trying to read more books than she did the year before and hanging out in Coconut Grove.

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