I like Krakow in the spring! The trees are all in bloom, it’s not too cold and rainy all the time, and the city comes alive with people–aaand, I didnt get food poisoning!
I was pleasantly surprised to find a wonderful mini-Easter market in the city center. There were booths that reminded me of the much larger European Christmas markets. Most of the items were all handmade by the sellers–I was in heaven!
There was a booth with many hand-made wooden Jewish rabbis in various poses. Liam was so enamoured with them that the artist that made them motioned for him to come and sit at his old fashioned woodworking bench. He proceeded to take a piece of wood, draw a flower on it and then took Liam’s hands and showed him how to carve the flower. It was an experience none of us will forget! And of course, we just had to buy one of those wooden Jewish rabbis–and it is Liam’s favorite toy now :).
Reagan found a beeswax booth. These artists were making candles and soaps out of beeswax. She was excited to learn how they poured the beeswax into the cilicone molds and then took them out when they were dry.
Peyton…well, being an almost teenage boy with an unquenchable appetite…found the dried salami booth. He sampled a couple of the dried salamis and we ended up with two different types to bring home–both of which were gone by the next day 😳.
Kaitlyn–once she saw the man that Liam bought, decided she wanted one too. So, the next day, much to my delight and the dismay of my 12-year-old who hates shopping, we went back to the market and found her a Jewish rabbi she could buy.
In the center, there is a large building full of more permanent shops and my husband wanted to walk through there. While we were there, he found the most beautiful hand-painted copy of Rublev’s Holy Trinity–so we got it. Someday, if we ever end up deciding to settle down somewhere, we will make sure that has a special place in our house.
All-in-all, our second trip to Krakow was lovely. As we speak, we are now on our way to Warszaw, by train. We will be spending the night at a hotel and then taking a plane down to Dubrovnik. My husband has the week off, so we will all get to explore that city together! Dubrovnik has been on our bucket-list of places to visit, so I am very excited!
As for Easter, this year we will be celebrating Easter at an Easter Orthodox Church in Dubrovnik. It will be a very interesting experience! Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter weekend!