Like most people when they get asked the question “If you could just jump on a plane and go anywhere right now, where would you go?” – I know exactly where I would jet off too! In fact I have my plane ticket booked already to go back!
I’m not about the “afternoon naps and relaxing on a beach” life – don’t get me wrong, now and then this sort of break is much-needed! But what I really love is mingling with the locals and exploring little cultured towns & cities, I want to visit somewhere that’s going to captivate my heart and make me feel all the emotions, and that’s exactly what I got when visiting Kraków – Poland.
So, why Kraków? Going back to my teenage years I was really interested in the history behind the concentration camps from World war 2 and Adolf Hitler’s rise and fall. This meant that Kraków and visiting Auschwitz was at the top of my bucket list.
I travelled with my Fiancé and we stayed in a beautiful hotel in the main square. It was breath-taking to open the window in the mornings and hear the hustle and bustle while looking out on to the stunning architecture of Kraków. I honestly can’t praise this city enough, it’s got so much to offer; from tours, restaurants and traditional markets right through to horse-drawn carriages and vodka bars.
We visited in October so it was cold – minus one degrees cold at night! The days were dry and the sun was out but as you’d expect in October, it was bitter. I liked that though, it really satisfied me to wrap up in warm cwtchy clothes, grab a nice hot coffee and set out for the day exploring. My partner – Rhys and I done a few different things while there which included visiting two concentration camps and spending time in the Jewish quarter. We drank a ton of vodka – and I can confirm – Polish vodka comes in some messed up flavours!
This was our first trip as a newly engaged couple, and maybe that’s partly why I am so in love with this location, it offered us so much at such a special milestone in our lives. From the champagne on ice waiting in the hotel room – to the cosy, romantic settings of hot coffee and cake outdoors wrapped in blankets on the main square while buskers performed around us. The other end of the spectrum would be the nights we spent at Wodka Bar sipping on hazelnut or pineapple flavour vodkas until the early hours – we were celebrating after all!
I am SO overwhelmed when I think about my next trip to Kraków, we fly out December 14th so this means we will be there in time for the Christmas festivities, I’m so excited to see what Poland has to offer at this time of year, and I’m sure I will be sharing my experiences with you when I’m back. I can’t wait for what’s next..