From Budapest Hungary we took a bus to Krakow Poland since there was no convenient train ride between these two cities that I could find. The bus ride was really cheap, $15/person, 7.5 hours by Flixbus. It was not exactly comfortable. There was no scheduled rest stops along the way. It only stopped at some bus stations to pick up more passengers. So you had to pack your meals and sit on the bus for 7.5 hours!
1. Our apartment just outside of Krakow Old Town.
2. Grunwald Monument next to our apartment.
3. Pierogi (Polish Dumplings) for dinner. There were many fillings to choose from. We had 3 popular ones: Spinach and feta cheese, cabbage with mushrooms, pork with onion. I still think Chinese pork dumplings are the best in the world, but these are pretty good too.
The best thing we did in Krakow was buying the 2 days Krakow Card. It covered a lot of museum entrances and public transportation, but best of all it let us enter Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory any time. Otherwise not only you have to book Schindler's Factory tickets weeks ahead of time, but they were timed entry tickets, so you have to plan your days around the entry time. With Krakow Card, you can just show up at Schindler's Factory and enter, no need to wait in line.
4. Krakow Barbican (fortified outpost), a gateway into the Krakow Old Town.
5. The statue of Jan Matejko, a Polish painter.
6. St. Mary's Basilica from Sukiennice Museum (located on the upper floor of the Cloth Hall).
7. Sukiennice Museum (Free with Krakow Card).
8. Sukiennice Museum.
9. Town Hall Tower.
10. Basilica of Holy Trinity, a monastery of the Dominican Order.
11. Saints Peter and Paul Church.
12. Bike with mirrors.
14. Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
15. Near Wawel Cathedral.
16. Wawel Cathedral.
17. Wawel Castle Grounds.
18. Wawel Castle Grounds.
19. Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory which now is a WWII museum (Free with Krakow Card).
20. Old Synagogue, currently operates as a museum (Free with Krakow Card).
21. Inside Old Synagogue.
22. Papercut at Old Synagogue.
23. Papercut at Old Synagogue.
24. Temple Synagogue, it was closed on Saturday for tourists.
25. 33 empty chairs at Ghetto Heroes Square symbolize the tragedy of the Polish Jews.
26. Eagle Pharmacy (Free with Krakow Card) at Ghetto Heroes Square which was ran by the one and only non-Jewish inhabitant of the Krakow Ghetto, Tadeusz Pankiewicz. He was later recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem for rescuing countless Jews from the Holocaust.
27. Fragment of Ghetto Wall.
28. A beautiful theatre (Juliusz S?owacki Theatre) we walked pass in Krakow Old Town.
29. A beautiful theatre (Juliusz S?owacki Theatre) we walked pass in Krakow Old Town.
30. A beautiful theatre (Juliusz S?owacki Theatre) we walked pass in Krakow Old Town.
31. Main market square at night.
32. Main market square at night.
33. St. Mary's Basilica at night.
(To be continued)