Thursday, 14 April 2016

Krakow is charming ….

Krakow …. The problem of visiting too many beautiful cities is that it numbs the experience. I think I had mention that even on my first RTW travels so this issue was becoming more of a norm for me the more I travel. Without company to keep things interesting boredom creeps in faster than usual and in Krakow I quickly become adjusted and it was just another city to me.
Krakow River
Krakow Suburbs Canal
Now if I ignore how I felt in Krakow which was bored and look at it as a tourist perspective it was quite clear that it was a charming tourist place. Lush River that flows with beautiful banks and scenery that people made full use of cycling, jogging, picnic and even sun bathing on the grass along the banks. This was not a seaside town but it does feels like one the way they treat the beautiful river.
Long boats, canoe and even a floating hostel with a restaurant on top of it was the spectacular way of how they fully enjoy their one big river running though the city. The old town was charming of course with a few iconic buildings and towers and they even have a Castle in Krakow. From a tourist point of view Krakow was a place full with entertainment.

Krakow City Gate

Food was unique for Polish had their own cuisine and to further entice tourism they had all the horse pulled carriage with full traditional costume dresses running all around the old town.

Open Market Food in Krakow

Lamb Rack dish in Krakow

Great for a lazy tourist ….. a pain for a genuine traveller.
My Casino Addict continues …

I thought I had escaped from the Casino streak when after walking a whole day I had not seen any in sight. I even used google to find it and for some reason the one pointed near the old town was missing ….. maybe closed down I guess but when I was so happy that all forms of temptation was not possible, on the way back to the hostel I saw an unmarked Casino. Unmarked as in not marked on any of the online google search.
How could this be in this day and age was beyond me. It was not even a dodgy one but just a small one, professionally fun and had just one roulette table, one black jack table, one poker table and one hold-em table. For such a small Casino that they would have live table games was already amazing. Crystal Casino was the name of the place.

Worst of worst scenario is that I was escaping from the Krakow heat which was very hot and spend most of my time in that place. Who could really resist really when they were 5 PLN a bet for black jack … about 1 euro … lowest fair odds I had ever played. …. I made profit both days gambling for 4 to 5 hours straight …. Frist day took out 200 PLN and the second day as well another 200 PLN …. Needless to say I had subsidise my trip in Poland and was leaving with surplase which I change in the money changer for a less than optimized rate …. Then again it was gambling money …. Who cares … walk away ….

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