I couldn’t get enough of the old street signs in Kraków, Poland.
Our first night in Krakow, we walked a few blocks from our Airbnb to Plac Nowy (New Square), the WWII-era Jewish marketplace that has become the center of the Kazimierz neighborhood’s nightlife in recent years. Restaurants line the square with outdoor seating that spills onto the streets, but we were there for what the area is most famous for: the zapiekanka. It’s like a French bread pizza, except instead of marinara sauce, they use ketchup! The stall we went to, Zapiekanki Królewskie, had at least 20 kinds to choose from and the longest line, so we assumed it must be the best. We were not let down.
I just loved the streetlight shining on this crumbling building in Krakow at night and the glowing window above.
This is Mateusz Okoński’s sculpture “Purification”, a sacrificial pig on the Wisła river. The artist claims there’s a meaning behind it, but all that really matters is that there’s a dead pig installation in Krakow, and it is awesome.
Our first night in Krakow, we walked to the Wisła river to see the Kładka Ojca Bernatka (Father Bernatek Footbridge) lit up after dark. The bridge was finished in 2010 and is quickly filling up with lover’s locks, so we thought this was going to be a big tourist attraction. But there was no one there but us, the spiders attracted to the lights on the bridge, and nine acrobatic figures by Polish artist Jerzy ‘Jotki’ Kędziora that seem to be balancing in midair over the water.