Poland is a country that we were really excited about as we were curious to see how much it had changed since our first visit over 20 years ago. After flying into Warsaw, we spent a night before hopping on a bus to the pretty city of Lublin. Lublin was our base for a day trip to Kazimierz Dolny which did not disappoint. From Lublin, we took a train to Zamość, a beautiful city that earned UNESCO status because it is considered an ideal city and “a perfect example of a late 16th century Renaissance town.” We took a minivan from Zamość to Rzeszów which has a quaint and charming market square with a city hall dating from the 16th century. The lovely city of Kraków was up next, and we caught a Flixbus from Rzeszów. Kraków had been on our bucket list for over 20 years and it lived up to its very high expectations. We had a total of 4 nights here and were lucky enough to be here for Labor Day, Flag Day and Constitution Day (1, 2 and 3 May). The city was packed with visitors and abuzz with excitement. Flag Day was especially memorable as locals were dressed in their traditional best and various towns had prepared their own regional dish which was free for all spectators. Kraków itself is a very picturesque town and we were able to admire it from several different vantage points (at the top of St. Mary’s Tower and the Town Hall Tower). A day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mine finished up our time in Kraków. From here we will continue our journey to Wrocław and beyond so stay tuned.
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