Krakow - Poland
I'm gonna kick off my first travel post with my mini break to Krakow, I chose this location because it was around the same time last year that we went. Never in a million years did I think I'd want to set off to go to Poland because, well, I'm a bit of a sun bunny and Eastern Europe never appealed to me, however a sequence of events happened, a random recommendation was given and low and behold, I booked 3 days in Krakow and surprised my boyfriend with it on Valentines day. SO.. we were both pretty sceptical on going but we were absolutely blown away with this gorgeous city, it was clean and well kept and the people were so, so friendly! On our first day we dropped our bags to the hotel and went on our first venture, we hoped to go to the salt mines but we got a little lost in the town centre, ate some food and then jumped on a bus hoping we'd find it, we didn't! and by this point we were freezing and I think at some point I fell asleep (on a bus), which Ben wasn't all too impressed at.. Oops! So we jumped in a cab back to our hotel, walked over to a mahooosive Tesco and got some munch for the evening. We then ended up getting really drunk, put on the music channel and had a heart to heart (lol) ... The next day we decided to do a tour the hotel was offering and went to Auschwitz, we were both keen to go as just before we left for Krakow, we watched Schindler's List and my Gosh did that place move us, I recommend going there if you have a taste for history, it's probably one of the most heart breaking places I've ever set foot near to let alone walk around and listen to all the awful things that happened there, I left speechless. We then decided to go to the 'Wieliczka' Salt Mines, we did this because we done a little research on what to do there but also our hotel said it's a good experience, so we went and it was actually unreal, it's still an active salt mine so obviously we couldn't explore the whole thing but what we did see was incredible, they'd even carved their own Chapel (which is the 2nd photo) simply stunning! That night we decided to go into The Old Town and dine at one of the top rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, (this is the 3rd pic) that was our starter, Ben had rabbit if I remember correctly and I had prawns, mmm. That evening ended off with getting a little boozy and I fell off my chair trying to pose for a pic, smooth! The next day was our last day and we had an evening flight to catch and of course we didn't want to waste the day so we decided to grab a taxi and go to the Gubalowka, Zakopane mountains, we arrived at the bottom and were overwhelmed with a fur and food market, so we had a little wonder then went over to the ticket office, bought 2 tickets and jumped on a train that took up to the top of the mountain, where again, we were presented with fur and food - so if you're not a fan of real fur garments, don't go there, theres a lot!! Anyways we wondered round, I found a little food stall that sold this cinnamon bread, a little like a chimney cake, which was divine! Then went into a little mount side bar, Ben grabbed a beer and i got a cup of tea and then we wondered down to the view point that honestly was one of the most breathtaking views I've ever seen, it over looked snowy mountains and a ski plane and we literally could have stood there for hours if it wasn't so bloody cold! Also, we weren't dressed right but if we were, we were dying to have a little ski! ... Our time was coming to an end so we jumped on the train back down to the bottom and whilst waiting for our taxi we stumbled across this pizza place and I shit you not (being a connoisseur of pizza)this was the best God Damn Pizza I'd ever tasted, omgomgomg soooo good! So if fur and snows not your thing, the pizza was well worth the trip! Anyways, we then got into our taxi and went straight to the airport and honestly, we couldn't stop gushing about how amazing our trip was and if anyone has any reservations about taking a mini break to Poland, I wouldn't hesitate in a heart beat! GO GO GO!!!!