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Folk Music in Zakopane, Where Music Fills the Streets

Folk Music in Zakopane, Where Music Fills the Streets

Snowboarding may have been a big attraction for returning to the mountain town of Zakopane in Poland for Terence, but for both of us, the exuberant live folk music, highlander culture, and hearty food were also major draws. Every night and any night of the week in...
Escape to Zakopane, Poland’s Ski Central

Escape to Zakopane, Poland’s Ski Central

A few years ago, on a trip through Central and Eastern Europe, we decided to settle into an apartment in Kraków, Poland, for a few weeks to catch up on some writing, walk the charming old city streets, sample the local vodka, and do side-trips...
Kraków After Dark – Images from the Old City

Kraków After Dark – Images from the Old City

‘Twas the night before Christmas and given that Kraków locals take their Christmas traditions earnestly, we decided that we had to check out Midnight Mass at the churches in the Old City. The churches were bursting at the seams and the singing and the atmosphere were...
A Walking Tour of the Old City of Kraków

A Walking Tour of the Old City of Kraków

I love Krakow. It’s one of my favourite European cities. Stunningly beautiful, this walled city is rich in history, with splendid architecture and lovely squares, and a largely pedestrianised centre that’s a delight to stroll. And it’s a city made for walking. This is one city...
Price Check: a Kraków Shopping List

Price Check: a Kraków Shopping List

  We’re bringing our latest edition in our Price Check series* to you from Poland with our Krakow shopping list, which has been a fun one to research. We were last in Krakow four years ago on a trip around Central and Eastern Europe and...
Our Kraków Holiday Rental Apartment

Our Kraków Holiday Rental Apartment

I have to admit that it was a hard slog up five floors of stairs to our Kraków holiday rental apartment. Perhaps it was the 6am wake-up after just a few hours sleep, combined with the 10.5-hour train ride from Vienna, but I was exhausted,...
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon Recipe

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon Recipe

When we were in a delicatessen doing some last-minute shopping here in Krakow* on Christmas Eve, before the shops shut early in the afternoon so workers could head home for Christmas dinner, Lara overheard a visiting family complaining about being unaware that everything (and we...
The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Before we moved to Asia, we used to head to Europe each winter. A white Christmas, a spot of snowboarding, fireplace time, and festive markets were our motivation. Here’s our guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe. It’s that time of year when it’s impossible to...