Listening to: “Dani California” stuck in my head
I know I should get on with parts 2 and 3 of my Holocaust blog saga (I actually noticed last night that I covered all of Auschwitz 1 EXCEPT the gas chamber/crematorium… whoops) but I’m simply not in the mood. So, this entry will cover the rest of my weekend in Poland. We stayed in a hotel in the south side of Krakow, a city that I had never visited or really considered visiting, but I ended up loving. My paternal grandmother’s side of the family is from a town an hour south of Krakow, so I couldn’t help a feeling of… well, ‘motherland,’ I guess. The vibe was more friendly than Prague, and of course the architecture was beaaauuuutiful.
I regret that I won’t be able to tell you too much about the sights and buildings we saw; some of my pictures were taken while I was wandering around by myself or with a few friends, just going, “oh, that’s pretty, take a picture.” So I don’t necessarily know the background stories. Here’s a pretty church at night . There is a church that I DO know a little more about, though,  it’s the Wawel Cathedral , where most of the old Polish monarchy were crowned. Now, just like Prague Castle’s many cathedrals, it’s a popular site for weddings, or at least wedding photography…  The cathedral, just like Prague Castle’s cathedral, is sort of part of a huge castle complex, where there are a lot of different buildings and architectural styles. This courtyard  has pillars in one style on the ground floor, and another on the second floor. Oh, and because it’s Poland and the country is 90% Catholic, of course you’re going to run into Pope John Paul II everywhere . I’m also not sure what these gentlemen in capes were doing  but they looked very official.
The rest of the castle is done in various  architectural  styles [10.] Did I mention that Pope John Paul II guy? He’s literally everywhere . Here are some saints,  too. Maybe next time I go to Krakow (and there WILL be a next time) I’ll actually write down which churches are which- they’re on almost every corner, just like Nashville.  
Then there’s the main square. Every night of our Krakow visit, we somehow ended up there, to eat, to check out the clubs nearby, or just to wander and take it all in. Here are some day pictures     The cathedral in the square is where the famous Trumpeter of Krakow was shot mid-bugle, and for some reason there was a guy in costume, reenacting it when we visited. 
And to finish up this disjointed, picture-full blog entry, I give you a creepy head statue at night  and a random gorgeous street . Oh, and another view of Wawel castle I forgot earlier.  Hopefully some of these sights explain why I want to live in Krakow someday!