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My travel in Europe:
To the cities of Eastern Europe
Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010


Content:

  1. Planning and Stockholm to Krakow
  2. Walking in old Krakow
  3. Auschwitz
  4. Salt mine Wieliczka
  5. By train from Krawkow to Bratislava
  6. One day in Bratislava
  7. From Bratislava to Budapest by boat
  8. Visit Buda in Budapest
  9. Visit Pest in Budapest
  10. Memento park and Chain bridge
  11. During work

Planning our Eastern Europe travel:

This time we want to do a bit different travel, use other transports than flights. Train and river boats, never done that before, we decided to pre book the stays and buy the train and the ferry tickets at place. Then we have to arrive at correct time at each place. It was a bit nervous the first days, but after a few days we were cool people and don't worried over anything.

Google Map over Krakow:


Day 1: From Stockholm to Krakow:

Krakow:

After we had landed on the airport in Krakow we started to look for a local bus to Krakow. It wasn't difficult to find them, but when we would pay the driver he asked for cash in local currency in coins. Wow ... , we didn't have any Polish coins, only Swedish and some Euro. A nice young girl we meet already on the flight helped us and paid for us. She had just visited Sweden and we gave her some Swedish money to use next time she visit Sweden.

Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

It didn't take very long for the bus to take us to Krakow, it stopped at the central train station.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

From the bus station we must take us to the hotel. We walked through the galleria and then stop and looking in the maps. How shall we proceed, by walk or maybe take a bus from this place to our hotel, the Secret Garden.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

We started walking and follow the Western side in Southern direction of old town.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Many people must have hand shaken this hand. It's the monument Grunwald, from the battle of Grunwald 1410.

At Wikipedia you find more information about the Battle of Grunwald:


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

A tower and maybe part of the old city walls. The tower with the gate is St. Florian's Gate.

At Wikipedia you find more information about St. Florian's Gate:

I can read that this tower was mentioned already 1307 so it's really old.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

This is Krakow's Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, built 1893.

At Wikipedia you find more information about Juliusz Slowacki Theatre:

We continue our walk, now in Southern direction. It's very hot today, more than 28 degrees Celsius.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

It say "Oven knuckle of pork", good to know ten years after the visit.

At Wikipedia you find more information about Krakow:


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Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

We follow the historic street Swietego Krzyza. It's a park along the street and we walk at that place.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Already on the bus from airport to Krakow we saw several nuns. In the city we see even more nuns. All nuns seems to be on walk, is she a backpacker, or ?


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

On the walk we meet these just married couple, we hope they get a happy life together.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

When you come to a place you never visited earlier there are so many new things to look at. These Christ statues we find at almost every block.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Now ten years later I do a translation and found that this sign tell us that we find cloths and gifts at this place.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

They have designed gutters. What we have seen these few hours we have been at Krakow it is a very nice looking town with friendly people.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Looking into the alleys of Stare Miasto.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

No letters to send yet.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Stop, horse drawn carriage. We will later see a lot of these horse drawn carriages, they are very beautiful to look at.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Andrzeja Badurskiego, doktor and professor, 1740 - 1789.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Now we felt safe and well protected by him up there in heaven.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Now we are not far from the hotel. We find this castle or fortress or what it is. After some research we find it to be the Wawel Danish Tower, part of Wawel.

At Wikipedia you find more information about Wawel:


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

Now the old buildings ended, we were also tired after the travel and took a tram from this place to the hotel, just a few blocks away.


Travel in Eastern Europe's cities: Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, 2010

This is our hotel, or hostel as the sign say. We got a private room and breakfast and a nice staff that helped us with all the questions we had. All people below 35 speaks English very well, today they are about 45 years old.

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Day 2: Walking in old Krakow

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