After a long train ride with a couple of connections, I finally arrived at Krakow Glowny Train Station. It was very foggy and made it difficult to see where I needed to go to get to my hotel, but fortunately a young student who was walking his dog offered to walk me to my hotel. The next day I took the local bus to the Wieliczka Salt Mines for an amazing tour. The mine covers nine floors and goes to a depth of nearly 1000 feet. Talented miners have over the years crafted incredible chambers, chapels, and statues from pure salt. The highlight was the Chapel of St. Kinga where they put on a light show that includes chandeliers made from salt crystals.
The next day I walked Krakow's Old Town. The photo below is the Florian Gate, part of the old city wall.
The tiny Church of St. Adalbert, the oldest church in Krakow.
Krakow's Main Market Square with St. Mary's Church and a statue of Adam Mickiewicz, a famous Polish poet.
Horse and buggies in the Town Square with St. Mary's in the background and the Cloth Hall.
St. Francis' Basilica which was Pope John Paul II's home church while he was archbishop of Krakow. I sat in the very pew which bears a silver plaque with his name, which was his favorite place to pray in the church.
The Archbishop's Palace still has a photo of Pope John Paul II in the window which was his residence when he was archbishop of Krakow and when he visited his hometown as Pope.
Church of Saints Peter and Paul
This building used to be the former residence of Karol Wojtyla before he became Pope John Paul II.