Krakow, Prague in Eastern Europe 2013 Tour(Part III)

Day 7

After breakfast, it was a long drive into Slovakia, a country featuring natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts. We enjoyed the drive through the green Bohemian countryside. We didn’t stay overnight in Slovakia, only stopped for lunch in Banska, the 6th largest  city of Slovakia. The main economic activity of Banska is copper mining and tourism. It is a ski paradise with lots of ski resorts.

In Banska town centre, Slovakia

In Banska town centre, Slovakia

 

This was where we had our lunch.

This was where we had our lunch.

After lunch, we proceeded to Krakow, Poland. It was snowing all the way through the Alps.

 

The children from our tour group were playing happily with the snow!

The children from our tour group were playing happily with the snow!

But the adults also enjoyed playing with snow!!

But the adults also enjoyed playing with snow!!

Finally arrived at the border of Poland and again had some local currency exchanged at the border.

 

The kantor sounds like Indonesian!

The  word kantor sounds like Indonesian!

In Poland, they use Zloty, PLN. €1 = 4.12 PLN.

 

The Polish currency note

The Polish currency note

 

Arrived at Krakow in the evening and checked in Galaxy Hotel.

Day 8

At 8.30 am set off to visit Krakow city which is the old capital of Poland. It has a population of about 755,000. The city has about 150 churches and can boast of having the second oldest university in the world. We went to the Old Town to visit the Medieval Cloth Hall and the 14th century Mariacki Church.

 

The Old Town of Krakow

The Old Town of Krakow

Look at this picture. Xin commented that my photography skill is 'superb', taking the picture of horse cart, but can't see the head! Looks like need to polish up my photography skill.

Look at this picture. Xin commented that my photography skill is ‘superb’, taking the picture of horse cart, but can’t see the head! Looks like need to polish up my photography skill. Horse carts can be seen everywhere  here to take the tourist around the town.

 

One of the many magnificient and beautiful cathedral.

One of the many magnificient and beautiful cathedral.

Then we ascended the Wawel Hill, with its castle and legendary dragon, to visit the Cathedral, burial place of Polish heroes through many centuries and also a visit to the second oldest University in the world, Jagiellonian University.

Soon we were on our way to Wielliczka Salt Mine, world famous underground salt mine, with its Sculptures, Chapels grottos and several small lakes inside the salt mines. Temperature in the salt mine is always maintained at around 10oC with cool and refreshing. I was told it is good for people suffering from asthma and allergy!

 

In front of the Wielliczka Salt Mine, Krakow. In the back ground is the lift to take you down the mine.

In front of the Wielliczka Salt Mine, Krakow. In the back ground is the lift to take you down the mine.

A bit of introduction at the entrance of the salt mine.

A bit of introduction at the entrance of the salt mine.

This salt mine was declared an Unesco Heritage in 1978

This salt mine was declared a Unesco Heritage in 1978

Inside one of the Chapels in the mine

Inside one of the Chapels in the mine

The mine is already 6000 years old!

The mine is already 6000 years old!

Our Polish tour guide explaining to us the history of the mine. Notice the salt collection at the back?
Our Polish tour guide explaining to us the history of the mine. Notice the rock salt collection at the back?
The rock salt for sale at the exit of the mine.

The rock salt for sale at the exit of the mine.

Here in the mine we had our group photo taken by photographer from the mine.

Group photo for everyone as remembrance!

Group photo for everyone as remembrance!

After lunch, we visited the churches and the  cathedrals. At night we went to The Square for dinner.

The colorful snake candy.

The colorful snake candy.

 

The Europeans like sausage very much!

The Europeans like sausage very much! Everywhere you can see people selling sausages and hot dogs.

Day 9

8.30 am left Krakow for Prague in the Czech Republic. It was another long journey! Again at the border, we changed some Czech currency, Koruna CZK. €1= 27 CZK.

 

The Czech Republic currency note

The Czech Republic currency note

We stopped at Olomous Czech Republic for lunch and continued our journey to Prague.

 

At Olomous town centre, Czech Republic

At Olomous town centre, Czech Republic

Finally arrived at Prague and checked in Hilton Hotel, Prague.

Prague is one of the most beautiful city in Europe. In Prague, we had a leisure time visiting the city centre including the 1000 years old Hradcany Castle and within the walls the enormous and amazing cathedral of St Vitus with its gilded grand Chapel studded with semi-precious stones.

St Vitus Cathedral, Prague

St Vitus Cathedral, Prague

The beautiful carving inside the Cathedral

The beautiful carving inside the Cathedral

We also visited the Wenceslas Square. And of course we didn’t miss the most famous Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock Tower to have a 360o view of Prague City.

 

Prague city in the background

Prague city in the background

 

The famous Charles Bridge

The famous Charles Bridge

Angmohs have all sorts of reasons and excuses to solicit donations. Once I saw a young man sitting on the overhead bridge reading a novel in LA. In front of him was a cardboard with the wording ' Need donation to enlarge my penis! Lol ' I wanted to take a picture of him but scared that he would chase after me!

Angmohs have all sorts of reasons and excuses to solicit donations. Mind you, this guy is still very young! Once I saw a young man sitting on the overhead bridge reading a novel in LA. In front of him was a cardboard with the wording ‘ Need donation to enlarge my penis! Lol ‘ I wanted to take a picture of him but scared that he would chase after me!

We had a sumptuous lunch at the Hard Rock Café, Prague!

No one could finish the lunch!

No one could finish the lunch!

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After lunch, we had free time at the Christmas market.

The Astronomical Clock Tower

The Astronomical Clock Tower

At the Christmas market

At the Christmas market

 

Day 10

After breakfast it was free shopping time before we bid farewell to Prague.

At the Prague International airport before departure..

At the Prague International airport before departure..

Bye Prague, bye Eastern Europe!

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