Why am I blogging a trip to Poland?

For over 20 years I've been working on a Family Tree, tracing the BETEL family back to the late 1700s.

Traveling to Berlin and then Poland was a life changing experience. I hope you take the time to read through the stories and see the many images included.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Krakow and the Land Down Under (The Salt Mine)

The "Crakow Tour" gave us the chance to check out Kazimerz again, Wawel Hill, the Royal Castle and Cathedral.  Later I went on the Wieliczka Salt Mine tour and we had dinner in Kazimierz.

Wawel Hill - the Walk up to the Wawel Castle

View of Krakow From Inside Wawel Castle

Tomb of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Wife who Died in 2010 Plane Crash

Wawel Castle from Krakow

Here are a few shots of some of the people of Krakow:

Bagel Seller - Cost is 1.5PLN (50 cents)

Gypsy Woman Playing Accordion - also 1.5PLN
How Does He Do That?

Great Effect - Let's Call Him the Krakow Floater

Last tour of the day was to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. 800 years old and they get about 7,000 visitors a day during peak season. It takes about 2 hours for the tour and you walk about 3.5km, down 800 stairs and through the mine.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Near Krakow

Interesting to see...not sure I would recommend it for visitors. You can see the images below and decide!

Corridor Down the Salt Mine

Tour Guide Tried to get us to Taste the Salt Walls (um...no!)

Sculpture Made of Salt

Pope John Paul II Sculpture for 2010 Visit
Which He Never Did

Chapel of Saint Kinga - Almost Everything Made of Salt

Tonight we went to a "Jewish Style Dinner", meaning not kosher.  It's located in the old Jewish district of Kazimierz, which I've mentioned earlier in the blog. Apparently Stephen Spielberg ate here during the filming of Schindler's List.

Ariel Restaurant in Krakow

The program is a 3 course dinner and a Klezmer music concert.  The restaurant is called Ariel.
For dinner tonight we both started with soup. Mine, which I quite liked was called Berdytchov soup with beef, honey and cinnamon.  Myer had an onion soup, followed by chicken and for dessert blintzes. I had a turkey slice (boy was it dry) also followed by the blintzes.  Here they called them crepes, and I tried to tell them it was really called blintzes, but the server didn't care at all...

Apple Blintzes (They Were Actually Very Good)

Ariel Restaurant

Klezmer Music Concert During Dinner

Artwork on Walls at Ariel

Artwork on Walls at Ariel

Portrait of Famous Rabbi on Wall

Tomorrow the trip is over. Back to Berlin and then home for me, and Myer is off to visit his son Brian in Amsterdam and then home.  Stay tuned for my final post.

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