Last Saturday the Branch had a most enjoyable outing in Krakow, a city about 70 kilometers from Katowice. Train was our mode of transportation, and our feet the rest of the day. We had members and investigators join in on the fun, and the day created a great memory for all of us to savor.
Krakow is a city which has not suffered devastation from wars and battles throughout the centuries. It has been renowned for hundreds of years as one of the jewels of Poland. The Germans used it as their main headquarters during their occupation of the country. It truly is a beautiful city.
We all gathered for a group picture after getting off the train. We’re all set to have a great day together!
As we walked toward the town square, we witnessed the beautiful streets in Krakow.
This monument commemorates the battle with the Teutonic Knights when Poland overcame their oppression. We are standing with Alex, who is from Ukraine and is being taught by the Elders. Alex is in our English class at church.
As we left the battle monument, we walked toward a restored fortification for the city dating back several hundred years.
Music was in the air as we passed through the archway into the city square.
The archway through which we we passed to enter the city square.
Carriages were carrying the tourists around to enjoy the sights of the square.
Elder Reed valiantly fought with one of the Hussar warriors and prevailed! Notice the “wings” included on his warfare attire. It is said that as the legion rode in full speed on their horses in a charge, the wind going through the wings made a very eerie sound and would frighten the horses of their opposition, causing confusion in their ranks.
This little fellow much have found a lot of delicious green grass after he crossed the bridge of the troll!
Every city square has it’s beautiful church.
Beautiful Polish attire was worn by many of the vendors.
As we walked toward the castle in the city, more music filled the air, and it was quite melodic. .
The architecture in the city is a study in itself.
Wawel Castle is one of the larger castles in the country. The grounds inside the walls cover several acres. These are some of the interesting structures inside the castle walls. The castle is located in the center of the city on a hill and is almost a city within a city.
Here is a view of the city from the castle walls. The river was quite muddy from the rain the previous day.
Rafal and Eva from our group are resting their feet as we walked around the castle grounds.
Time for a rest and some food! We enjoyed some delicious food from a sidewalk cafe – polish sausage for some and kebobs for others. Foreground – Sister Pearson, Adrian, Ania; in back – Elder Wilson, Elder Neuner, Sister Packard, and Sister Petherbridge.
Eva, Rafal, Alex, and Agata
Krystyna, Chris, and Basia enjoying their kebobs.
The wedding day for a handsome Polish couple.
We couldn’t resist purchasing something for the grandkids. These women were surprised that we had twelve of them.
This was an interesting piece of art work in the city square. The children could climb into the head and peek out the eyes.
A street as we walked toward the castle lined with beautiful architecture. Krakow surely is most deserving of its reputation.