Wandering in the Stare Miasto
Poland Day 2. Today was spent seeing more of my Old Town neighbourhood.
By the time I dealt with the blog and got acquainted with the hotel’s complimentary breakfast (pretty good actually) I got underway at a civilised hour. First order of business was to sort my bus ticket for tomorrow so back I went to the shiny big Galleria just outside the Old Town, through which are the new central train and bus stations.
With that peace of mind achieved I steered back toward the Main Square, this time via the Royal Road. With the number of tourists, souvenir shops and touts you know you’re on a well-beaten path here. It is rather stunning though. There’s a lot more of the RR to see but I’ll save that for later in my stay.
Back in the square, coffee was first priority, then I needed to try and swap my large banknotes for smaller as for most purchases they’re pretty unusable. I figured this would be best done at a bank; the first I tried had a massive queue (and I didn’t think it was a good sign that they were all sitting down) but had better luck at the next.
I walked about the square again and inside some of its landmarks.
I continued south on the Royal Road, stopping off at more churches.
I was on my way to Wawel Hill. Given it is said to be the most historically significant place in Poland it would be rude not to have a look. I had planned to visit on one of my other days, but was doing ok for time so thought I may as well knock it off now.
At least half a day is recommended here; I had about three hours and that was a bit too squeezed by the time I included a couple of tours through the royal apartments and state rooms as well as the cathedral. (No photos allowed, with one exception…)
The weather was certainly brighter than yesterday – and the clear views were another good reason to visit the hill today.
Sleep patterns continue to be very sucky so I’m posting this at the end of day 3.
Distance walked: 17.18km