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Kraków in the sunshine

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This morning we set off in search of coffee and discovered a hairdresser at the end of our street that wasn’t full so I took our children in for their first hair cuts since we were in Cagnes Sur Mer. There were 3 junior staff who were incredibly polite, as is typical in Poland, getting customers with the equivalent of good day madam and welcome. They didn’t seem to do much else except answer the phone and help the one senior hairdresser. An elderly woman was having her hair dyed and eyebrows plucked and when she asked to have her chin plucked too is saw a mischievous exchange between two of the juniors. I was memorized by the speed of the hairdresser. No air snipping for her. She hacked in with experience and skill and did a good job with great efficiency. The two haircuts only cost us 44 złoty (15 AUD) which is super cheap. My dear husband went hunting for coffee and returned triumphantly bearing a nice caffé latte for me.

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We walked towards the stadium on the edge of the town centre and stopped at the Kraków library. They had a nice large children’s library where we spent some time. My husband and son stayed on to do a jigsaw puzzle while my daughter and I walked towards the stadium, admiring public art along the way.

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We crossed the ring road that circles Kraków town centre and gazed at the biggest billboard we’ve ever seen; an H&M ad using Katy Perry as the model.

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We discovered that the Park Jordana has a huge assortment of play and exercise equipment, including 3 playgrounds for different age groups, a sprint track, football, basketball, volleyball and bocce courts (many in use), skate park (where we did ‘parkour’) and outdoor gym (where we exercised while our kids had fun). We spent a couple of hours there in the sunshine and it was wonderful. There was also a huge number of statues, mostly of military men.

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We were delighted to watch a stoat in winter coat (snow white with a black tip on the tail) darting around in the park. When a dog approached it ran like white lightning and disappeared into the ground. We went looking for the stoat and it took a while to find its neat hole surrounded by messy mole hills.

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We walked back towards the city and stopped at a Parisienne looking café called Bonjour çava. We had a lovely lunch of fresh vegetables there in a relaxed atmosphere. They specialise in quiche and my 3 cheese quiche was delicious. The potato casserole was amazing.

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We walked past the university towards Wawel castle and down to the river. A short stop at tourist information and toilets before visiting Smok Wawelski (a sculpture of a dragon outside the dragon’s cave). Our children were climbing on the rock plinth when the sculpture breathed fire into the air. Our 8 year old daughter was so terrified that she ran about 10m away while our son delightedly clung to the dragon waiting for the next fire breathing episode.
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We headed to the Galeria shopping centre for shopping at the Carrefour then wandered out into the drizzle looking for somewhere for dinner. After much bickering, wingeing, and some places that didn’t look very good or looked too good, we headed back to the wonderful organic café Sissi for another wonderful feast of fresh food at affordable prices.

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