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We often take a City Break for a few days. Last
Spring the "City" was Petra and we went from there into the Sinai
peninsula to St Catherine's monastery, and then walked up Mount Sinai
during the night with hundreds of others, to experience the dawn on the
summit. That was a magical week, but it failed to prompt me to write an
Last December we went to Venice, home of the very first
Ghetto and the most amazing city I can imagine but, again, it wasn't
enough to make me write an article.
EasyJet now operate a service
to Krakow, South Poland, so next we decided to go there. The parking
fees at Luton Airport apart, a visit to Krakow is very inexpensive. The
flight and an excellent hotel was less than £200 for three nights for
the two of us, the bus from the airport was 60p each, and we ate out
for £3. We didn't go just because of the incredible value, but you
can't ignore it.
Krakow was a walled city; the centre was one
square kilometre. The moat is now filled-in and most of the wall has
been taken down, but it remains a stunning micro-city, full of
breathtaking architecture, art, churches, Universities, the biggest
square in Europe, a castle and a cathedral. To view it properly could
easily take a week, but we scurried around in two days, and that had to
include the nostalgic Jewish quarter. Before the last war there were
70,000 Jews in Krakow; there are now a few hundred, but still the
historic synagogues are there.
Krakow is full of amazing churches, all full. The people of the late Pope's homeland clearly respect his traditions.