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Stop 2 - Poland & Warsaw to Moscow on the train


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We next took the train from Cologne to Krakow with a couple of changes and a one night pit stop in Warsaw. We arrived in Krakow in the pouring rain to find there was a 'problem' with our apartment; which later turned out to be that the guy was no longer renting it and had forgotten to take it off the website (www.apartment-krakow.pl - don't use them). After most of the day sat in a canteen with no wifi and little signal we ended up picking a another, rather more expensive, place on booking.com as it was practically all that was left so last minute. This place was however very central and spacious with a great shower so things turned out pretty well. Sara arrived at around 2am after a busy day at work, a flight and a bus and we chilled and chatted before going to sleep. The next day was amazing with Sara showing us around all the sights and giving us loads of information.

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Here is a little snap shot of the street taken from the old city wall which we walked along a section of. It was a bank holiday in Poland so it was pretty busy in the Old Town which added to the atmosphere.

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We visited St Mary's Basilica which was amazingly colourful inside and had a guy playing the trumpet once an hour at the top. Apparently this hourly ritual of playing most of a song and abruptly stopping before the end is to commemorate an incident that occurred in 1241 when a man guarding the tower saw people coming towards Krakow to attack. He played his trumpet as a warning to the inhabitants but then unfortunately got shot in the neck with a bow and arrow mid tune. Luckily the people of Krakow had already heard the warning and were able to hide!

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For dinner we went to a place called Grandma Raspberry which was totally done out like a Grandma's house. Sara told us this is normal for a traditional Polish restaurant which is pretty cool. They even had a scruffily made bed and lamp in the corner! After dinner we headed to a vodka bar where we tried around 15 vodka varieties!

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For lunch the next day we ate pierogi in another cosily decorated place which were both yummy and filling. Sara went for sweet apple and rose ones whilst both Mike and I went savoury.

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After lunch and parting ways with Sara, Mike and I got on a train back to Warsaw and then boarded our first sleeper train from Warsaw to Moscow via Belarus. The train was way more fancy and modern that we had been expecting and the Belarus border controls were really quite chilled. We were wondering for hours at what point we would go through Russian border controls but this never actually happened. We realised later that Belarus has an open border with Russia. There is a lady on every carriage of every long distance Russian train called a 'provodnista' who looks after the carriage by cleaning, handing out linen, checking tickets etc. Our provodnista was very friendly and came to offer us tea before bed, it arrived in a very spectacular glass and glass holder combo as you can see above.

Overall we slept pretty well but the journey was quite bumpy at times. I made another terrible wonky video to try and capture the bumpyness and a bit of what the carriage looked like whilst Mike was sleeping like a giant baby.

Posted by Chloemillen92 12:08 Archived in Poland Tagged poland krakow Comments (0)

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