We have been to Poland twice, once in 2014 and then in 2016. The first trip was just to relate to our grandparent’s birth country. We landed in Krakow after a fourteen-day transatlantic cruise and were greeted by a friendly taxi driver who made us feel like his long-lost cousins. He gave us very good advice and took pride in his homeland. He made a great first impression!
We stayed at the Hotel Columbus which was a lovely European style hotel with all the luxuries of a four-star facility. It is also within easy walking distance to the Old Town and the Jewish area of Kazimierz.
The highlights of our stay were:
The beautiful churches, cathedrals, and synagogues
The Salt Mines of Wieliczka
Schindlers’ Factory which is now an amazing museum dedicated to the Nazi occupation of Krakow
A visit to a Skansen which is an outdoor folk museum showing life from the 17th-19th centuries in a country setting
A visit to my husband’s grandfather’s village of Zawoja
These experiences can be seen in a booksI put on Amazon.com if you are interested in this area of Poland. The food is outstanding and everything is relatively inexpensive. We had a nice dinner for two with wine or beer for about $15 for two! Please send a comment or email me if you have any questions. I love giving advice on how to travel and have been very successful at finding great bargains.
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Our second trip was to visit newly discovered cousins and I also wrote a book describing the trip. We were treated like royalty. By the way, I speak about five words of Polish, so don’t let a lack of knowing the native language stop you. Please know that these two books are really intended for the family’s appreciation but they might inspire you to travel to this beautiful country!
Click here for more information on my book from our May 2016 trip to Poland.