05.08.2017 - 09.08.2017
Finding a camper shop is hard in the countries we have visited this year, then we find one we can stay the night at and has a bus stop into the city outside it. We got to the stellplatz quite early as we didn't hang about at the salt mine car park and both of us felt knackered, all day, so we decided to rest up again and go into Kraków in the morning.
We spent a lovely evening taking to a German couple parked next to us and promised to visit their home near Hanover. Although German, they had both been immigrants from the east and made a really good life in Germany, both teachers now, with grown up children. They were having a bit of trouble with the electrics of their van and the camper shop couldn't find anything wrong so they had decided on going home a few days early. They gave us a lift into the city the next morning and dropped us off as smoke was coming from the fridge switch, they returned to the camper shop and found a bad battery earth, we found out later.
The first view of walking into the old town is of the castle, set above the river and forms an impressive entry to the pedestrianised areas of the historic centre. The city has Europe's largest square, Krakow having once been the Capial, measuring 200m on a side and a beautiful cloth hall in the centre which housed tiny souvenir shops.
We were disappointed with the Jewish quarter as it had turned into a trendy eating area with tours by electric golf carts of the Schindler's List sets. Of course I had to try the local delicacy (toasted baguette with many toppings including pastrami, bacon, pickles, mayonnaise and topped with fried onions, not that easy to eat but delicious.
That evening we spent talking to a lovely Dutch couple who also asked us to visit them when next in Holland. Both evenings were interesting and different as we exchanged family stories and realised we share something in common. This couple had no real plans, like us, and we exchanged places to visit, not bad this parking outside a motorhome dealers!
Some of these places are merging into one, we realised we had a much more varied summer last year, visiting natural splendours and beaches, cities were fewer during the summer.