Saturday, July 29, 2006

Krakow, Poland, May 2006

Krakow was a city that was both regal and down to earth all at the same time. The expansive main square had a grand feel to it, but the people, the atmosphere, and the food were relaxed and homey.
One of our favorite places to eat were at Bar mleczny (Milk Bars) all around town. In communism days, the government subsidised the Milk Bars, and workers could get a cheap, hearty, home cooked meal for lunch. After the fall of communism, the Milk Bars stuck around, for the most part maintaining their low prices (Two can fill up for less than 5 dollars!), cafeteria setting, and traditional Polish dishes.
It was pretty amazing to wander around the main square and to think that - just 15 years prior - communism kept all coffee shops, eateries, and for the most part, people, off of the beautiful main square. St. Mary's church
Communism's gift to Poland: the Trabant
The Town Hall Tower
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