Me and Wawel

The perks of touristing in the down season: pictures like this are actually possible!

This Gothic beauty is Wawel Castle, built by Casimir III the Great in the 14th century. It sits on a hill, about half a mile from Kraków’s Main Market Square.

The castle itself is like a fairy tale, but the old streets that lead you there are equally dreamy.

Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel - cobblestones

Yeah. I’m that person who takes pictures of their shoes on any and all semi-interesting looking floors. But you already knew that.

Kraków gets an A+ in the “interesting floor” category, so lucky for me.

Enroute to Wawel - cobblestones
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel
Enroute to Wawel

After 10 minutes of clip-clopping on the old cobblestones from the Main Market Square (pausing every 4 seconds to take pictures of everything) I finally came upon…

THE CASTLE

The castle itself.

Wawel

W A W E L

Wawel - yellow house
Wawel wall
Wawel cobblestones
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel archway
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel - FWIS
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel - MASSIVE BEAUTY

The scope of this place is b r e a t h t a k i n g.

Wawel
Wawel - B&W
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel AND ME HELLO

*gets photobombed by that one random person*

Wawel - ENTRANCE TO CRYPTS

This is the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. I couldn’t take photos inside, but believe me – it’s every bit as decadent as you might expect. There are church altars and crypts inside, as well as a plaque commemorating the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.

Gothic to the extreme.

Wawel
Wawel
Wawel from afar-ish
Wawel - AND ME AGAIN

Ugh, so exquisite. It gives me mad Westeros vibes.

Wawel
Wawel
Wawel river view

Wawel overlooks the Vistula River, the longest river in Poland.

Wawel - FWIS
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel selfie
Wawel
Wawel facade
Wawel vines
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel - yellow facade
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel
Wawel

And an itty bitty snippet of advice to end the night…

Remember —

Make your own castle. Make your own kingdom. And fill it with all the happy things. I’ve been doing just that, and life is real good.

XO

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