Published: October 11th 2009October 11th 2009
Of course everything is carved out of salt.
This was one of the sights that I wanted to see while here in Krakow. It was such a snap to get to that it didn't matter that my coffee this morning was instant coffee here in the room. I just didn't want to spend the time looking for real coffee, so chugged the instant stuff and promised to not do it again.
I had been met at the airport last night, so had an idea of where the bus stop would be. But let me say, having someone standing there holding a sign with my name is just the way to arrive somewhere. I have had that both times this trip and like it. I am thinking that when friends pick me up, I will ask them to make the sign and hold it for me. Pattie, Barbara???? Any takers? lol Kind of doubt it. I also remember when my nieces and nephews each had a sign but were in the wrong order, so it read Welcome Brendan Uncle Home. Was still cute.
Anyhow, back to the story. I found the bus stop, asked which bus to take and made it easily to the mine. The city bus
Hey, it's not raining inside
Was cool, but dry. Great day for a tour like this.
goes right past, so it was a snap. Only had to wait about half an hour for the English tour. The guide was great. She had a good sense of humor and knew the mine very well. We walked down 308 steps, about 64 meters to start the tour and went for over 2 hours underground. The mine was started back in the Middle Ages and was mined until 1996. It was just huge. I won't go into all the detail, but let me say that this was worth the trip out here.
I missed my stop on the way back, so ended up walking through the Old Town and doing some sightseeing. My guesthouse is only 2 blocks from the Cloth Hall, so I will be back out there again before I leave. It was cold and rainy today, so I took the afternoon to rest in my room a bit. I have been on the go almost nonstop, so it was nice to just sit without waiting for a plane, train or something. For dinner I had the most wonderful chicken noodle soup again. Homemade noodles and a consomme with vegetables. It was perfect for such a
damp evening. I was going to have the borscht, but this was only served on Sunday nights, so I ordered in instead. Had pork pierogis. At first I thought they were garnished with diced dried apricots, but it was crisp unsmoked pork instead.
There are more photos below