Poland is of the few places that was not physically damaged by WWII. In Krakow, it’s as if time has stood still. Compared to other cities, Krakow’s architecture is old school, but the activities and people are far from being old. Krakow is party town, especially when I was there. Euro Cup 2012, a soccer/football championship, is being hosted for the first time in Poland.
In front of Krakow Galeria/train station, there was a football festival. I was lucky enough to see this football player do some great tricks with his *ahem* ball.
The hardest thing to see is all the great detail that each building had. I could probably stare at this particular building for years and still find new things about it. The great detailed for something this is at least 10 stories high always astounds me. Common sense will tell you to not put such great detail on something that people can’t see, but an artist will tell you otherwise.
Krakow, hands down, had the best food, wodka, and beers. If you never had wodka from Russia, Poland’s one is right up there. In my eyes, everyone else is doing wodkas all wrong. Poland wodka doesn’t have that harsh wodka smell and has little to no taste whatsoever. Because there is no taste, the wodka goes down so smoothly and warms you up from the inside out.
Pod Wawelem restaurant had the best homemade lemon flavored wodka. It was slightly sweet and super smooth. I had two or was three shots that night. I could’ve drank that all night long. Pod Wawelem is known for two things, huge portions and pork. If I could recommend one place to eat dinner, it’s this place.
I’m not a huge whole fish fan. Sushi is different, but cooked fish I’m not a huge fan. At the same time, I have one rule in travel (food and life), I need to try it at least once. Guess what, this was awesome. There was a salty sourness on the fish and when eaten with the sweet onions, it’s the perfect balance. I couldn’t stop eating it.
I forgot what this was called, but it was a rack of ribs in a sweet honey sauce. This place came with two different sauerkraut, fried potatoes, and rice. It was a huge meal that required two hands to pick up the plate.
Even their beers are super sized. Granted, it’s not as big as the Hofbrauhaus, but it was pretty darn close. In the end, my whole meal cost a little under $15 (including my shots of wodka). The nice thing about this restaurant is they give free shots at the end of your meal. Granted, it’s cherry schnapps, but free liquor is free liquor.
Krakow tid bits:
- Cheap. Super cheap. I believe the rate exchange was 1 Polish Zloty to $0.25 US dollar.
- Pork is a huge thing in Krakow. That and potato dumplings, which I’m obsessed about.
- Wodka, not vodka.
- Huge party town, which I didn’t get to part taken in.
Day 1 was filled with death, art, and liquor. All in all, a good day. Stay tuned for part 2, which will feature monk beer and more food!