October 2006

Autumn is unfolding, and if you feel like reading a book about talking moles and badgers who are nevertheless partial to the odd bacon sandwich, then it's time to pick up a copy of that classic novel The Wind In The Willows. Never before or after has autumn been described so wonderfully, and any further attempt to do so would be a foolish misadventure. Instead, we've been scratching our brains to come up with a connection between Kenneth Grahame and Poland, as we don't want you to think that we've completely lost our marbles. Suffice it to say we didn't find one, so to we're going to turn to a few of Cracow's very own autumnal highlights, of which there are many.

The adventurous among you may already have noticed that it's mushroom season. Poles are mad about mushrooms, and if you step over to the 700 year old Stary Kleparz market you'll find a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Tables of forest treasures are guarded over by grandmas in patterned headsquares - it's a fantastically folkloric picture. Meanwhile, if you drop into any traditional Polish restaurants, look out for those shrooms on the menu.

Staying out and about, there are some magical walks to be had. The Planty and the parks themselves are of course pleasant enough, but it's worth heading a little further afield if you have some time to spare. The memorial mound of freedom-fighter Tadeusz Kosciuszko is a trusty place to head for, and after climbing to the top, you'll have as good an excuse as any to enjoy a hearty lunch (and a shot of vodka).

Back in town, we recommend Cracow Hostel, Hotel Wawel and Hotel Maltanski on the accommodation front. Alternatively you could rent an apartment. Enjoy Autumn!

Vienna Life coming soon!


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