travel diary, kraków – day 3 …. christmas in the dusk

It only took me and the batteries 1,5 hours recharge. First I was playing with the thought that going back up to the Main Sq it after the visit to the salt mine the following day, but I put the coat and gloves on … back out in the Christmas Day I went.  

Kraków’s Stare Miasto was even more stunning in the dusk. Now even more people out and about. It was a good decision to go back out again – it was now 3pm. Both me and Oscar like playing around in the light of dusk. Went straight to the Christmas market, about 10 min walk from the hotel.

We concentrated more on the surrounding and the beautiful buildings around the square than on the market, but the dark was falling rapidly. 

I start walking along ul. Sławkowska and passed Grand Hotel without knowing where it would talk me, I just walked and captured some images of windows and details.

Suddenly I walked under an arch and suddenly I was by Muzeum XX. Czartoryskich w Krakowie and St. Florian’s Gate, where I left the old town and walked along the city wall.

Then I suddenly met the most stunning building in it’s the early evening light, I thought it was the Opera and I wasn’t totally wrong … Teatr im. Juliusza Słowackiego.

I was now walking along the Planty Park again. Some glitter came my way, all over the city there were big Christmas decorations, so decorative in the evening – all in  Kraków blue … and on a distance could I see a modern Christmas tree, when I saw a hotel sign I knew it must be the Galeria Krakowska, the shopping mall by the railway station. I never visit, because it was closed over Christmas.

I walked the back of the theater and back into the old town and passed the Roman Catholic Parish of the Holy Cross, people were arriving for the evening mass. 

So it was time for me to return to the hotel and get ready for the evenings dining adventure – so I walked in the back of  St. Mary’s Basilica over the Main Sq for the last time.

By that time I just had enough of Christmas and started to get hungry, NO LUNCH!!!! … so I was ready to take on some comfort food so when I passed this window … I was SO close to cave in. *smile 

“Christmas?
Christmas means dinner,
dinner means death!
Death means carnage;
Christmas means carnage!”
Ferdinand the Duck
(from the movie “Babe”)

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