My trip to Poland finally came to an end in Krakow (or “Kraków”). Located in the south, it’s a vibrant city known for being an economic and cultural hub of the country, with its historic center boasting plenty of well-preserved churches and its famous Wawel Castle. It was beautiful and lively, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to wrap up my Polish travels.
The following morning after my day trip to Auschwitz, I took another day trip out from Krakow, this time to Zakopane, a town located in southern Poland. Bordering close to the border with Slovakia, Zakopane is famous for being a ski resort town, for it’s right at the foothills of the expansive Tatra Mountains (also shared with its Slovak neighbors).
During my stay in Krakow (more on it later), I made a couple of day trips to nearby places in southern Poland. One of them was the Auschwitz concentration camp, which is where millions of people– Jews, vagabonds, criminals, homosexuals– were persecuted and killed during World War II.
After two nights in Warsaw, I headed to my next destination in Poland during this past April vacances. The next stop took me to Gdańsk, a port city located in the very north of Poland, very close to the Baltic Sea. Just like with Warsaw, I would be spending another two nights there, exploring and taking advantage of the *very* good weather that week (seriously, blue skies and lots of sun- I was very lucky!).
With my April vacances having ended just two weeks ago, it’s time to recount what I did and where I did them. This time around, I decided to go to Poland! I’d never been before, and having seen plenty of gorgeous photos of it online and heard nothing but good things from other assistant(e)s and travelers who’d been, I was excited to spend ten days exploring as much of the country as I could.