Greetings from Krakow, Poland

It has been an interesting couple of days. We are staying two blocks and a big intersection from the central square. Our bikes are parked on the sidewalk right in front, and our building, which includes a bank, has 24 hour security. The guards nod and smile when we go in and out. The weather is perfect.

Another great day on the square in Krakow

Another great day on the square in Krakow

The less interesting part of the last two days is the disk drive failures in my laptop. I think I am back to 100%, but the time I would have spent editing and posting photos I had to spend re-installing my photo editing software, and doing backups. It will be nuke and pave for this disk when I return.

Life is short, eat dessert first

Life is short, eat dessert first

Yesterday we walked all around the square, looked at all the vendors in the big market building, fed the pigeons a pretzel, and ate a so-so dinner. We sat on the square and enjoyed two beers. Big difference between here and Venice; two beers here was about $7. Zyweic is a local Polish beer and recommended.

The market square in Krakow

The market square in Krakow

Several large stages are being erected in the square. Lots of riggers and techs are getting it all put together. This afternoon a couple of musicians were tuning up their guitars and giving the crowd 3 minute concerts. Fun.

Debb and I rode across town today to the Polish Aviation Museum. We would have taken the trolley if we could have, but Google said there wasn’t a route. We saw why on our way. Several miles of track down the middle of the street had been torn out and was being replaced. In some places they have conventional concrete ties the rails sit on, and in other stretches there are precast concrete supports with slots in them for the rails. There were lots of guys with transits and height markers keeping everything on the level. It was a mess and we had to cross from one side to the other a couple of times. I’m sure everyone on that street will be glad when it’s finished.

The museum was fun. It is a fairly modest operation with only a little restoration work. Most of the planes are just parked on the grass along sidewalks. The rest are in three hangers and the main building. The Polish Air Force disappeared during WW II and after the war it was all Soviet hardware. The few Polish planes they have were taken to neutral countries early in the war and they have been able to acquire. Boeing has provided some support. We saw their name and logo in a couple of spots. A career officer of Polish heritage in the US Air Force even donated his Buick Riviera. The pride of place is occupied by the helicopter that Pope John Paul II used in while in office. Polish and the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years.

Dinner tonight was meat and cheese and bread and drink and dessert from a local grocery store. Delightfully inexpensive!

We are back on the road tomorrow.

Recommended

Recommended

Just like St Mark's in Venice but reasonably priced

Just like St Mark’s in Venice but reasonably priced

One of many interesting vodka labels

One of many interesting vodka labels

Flower sellers in the square

Flower sellers in the square

Debb hangs with Kevin

Debb hangs with Kevin

Doris Day parking in Krakow

Doris Day parking in Krakow