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A painted town and a Dragon!

  • **So sorry! I'm having technical difficulties getting my computer to read and download photos from my camera. For now, I'm stuck with just a few images from my phone***

Although I had a long day of travel, I got up early this morning and went to 7am Mass at the Basilica of the Virgin Mary on the main old square. Short & sweet I was able to get a quick bite of breakfast before we got into a car for a trip to the village of Zalipie which is know for the hand-painted flower motifs on many of the houses, sheds, wells, doghouses, even the firehouse.
One young lady began the tradition as a way to hide soot from the chimney and cracks in the walls of homes after WWII. IMG_2245.JPGWe stopped first at the church - plain on the outside but incredibly painted inside. Absolutely amazing the amount of work! We went to the site of the new museum (it'll actually be open in early January) and a lady came and opened the little gift shop for us. Painted outside & in, they have some painted pottery and woodcrafts for purchase.
We drove back to Krakow in time for lunch. We went with Tomi to a little hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant featuring homemade soups and pierogies.
I tried something completely different - Beef Tripe soup. Yup - Tripe - one of those 'nasty bits'! It was pretty good - the tripe actually has the texture of mushrooms.

Darlene & I went exploring after lunch, south through the parks (the park was originally the old city wall) to Wawel Castle. It was built in the early 1500's along the banks of the Vistula River. We explored the exterior and then went down to the dragon's lair IMG_2250.JPGwhere we saw the statue of the Wawel Dragon! (This link is to the legend of the dragon!
We made our way back up through the square where I got my tea with Sliwowica - SO good. I've had mulled wine before but this is a notch up for sure. After a short rest in our hotel, we went back out for dinner in the Christmas Market. There must have been some area Scout rally today - there were hundreds of young people marching around the square.
It's an early night to pack up our stuff for a trip South to Zakopane where we'll start some of our winter activities. Yay!!

Posted by otisandma 11:57 Archived in Poland Tagged castle dragon flower_painting zalipie Comments (0)

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