While we were in Poland we took a day trip with my brother and my nephew to hike to the top of the three crowns summit. The three crowns in the highest peak in the Pieniny moutain range in southern Poland. It's a beautiful hike up to the highest of the "crowns." From the top you can see the Tatry mountains, along with most of the Pieniny and the Dunajec river gorge. The view at the top was breathtaking and definitely worth the hike up.
The hike was a bit of a struggle for me as I haven't had much hiking experience back in Illinois ( thanks great plains. :D ) As my husband, along with my brother and nephew, and basically everyone else was zooming past me up the mountain, there was a point that I started to doubt if I'll even make it up. This hike was suppose to be a little "practice" before the Camino De Santiago Del Norte. (The 500 mile hike along terrain similar to the Pieniny mountains.) I guess you could say that getting up this hill was my first little hiking success of the summer. Who would have thought I'd be able to hike up so many more mountains and hills in the following months. ( But more of that to come in the blog posts about the Camino. ) :)
Going back to the beautiful landscape in the photos above... My heart will always be in Poland. The country with snowcapped mountains, rolling foothills and meadows, stretching evergreen forests, medieval cities, and so so so much more. I'm so proud to have been born in this beautiful country and even though I live on a different continent I will always call Poland home. <3
Have a great day!
Hope you're all having a great week so far. :) I'm finally sharing some photos from our summer travels! I decided that I will be posting weekly blogs from each of the cities we visited and then after that I'll start posting blogs about our journey on the Camino de Santiago.
So to start off I wanted to introduce you to my favorite city EVER. The city whose charm and atmosphere is unlike any other city we've visited. The city that always feels like home. The city that I will keep coming back to time and time again and never get bored. Welcome to Krakow, Poland.
Being the second largest cities in Poland, and one of the oldest, it's history dates back to the 7th century. Every street corner you turn opens you up to new stories from the past. The main square is the biggest medieval market square in all of Europe. There you can find an array of different artisian vendors, street performers, delicious food, and cozy coffee shops. The main square is only a small part of what makes Krakow so special. Once you go exploring the many small cobblestone streets around you'll come across some of the most beautiful historic churches. You might wander into the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, full of life, culture, and history. If you keep going along the river Wisla, you'll come across the majestic Wawel castle built in the 13th and 14th centuries, and if you're lucky you might even see the wawel dragon breathing fire. I could keep going on and on about how incredible Krakow is and all the things that make it so special. But to really experience the atmosphere of Krakow, you just have to visit yourself. I already can't wait to go back!
I've never lived in Krakow before but always wished I could. Having family there we visit quite regularly, we try to stop there at least once on every trip. During our summer travels Poland in general became our "home base". A place to do laundty, repack, recollect, regroup, and relax with family and friends. We are so thankful to have had a place we could call home for the 4 months of our hectic travel schedule. From Krakow, to Tarnow our families hosted us so kindly and made us feel welcome after every tiring trip. <3
Thanks for reading & have a lovely day! :)
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