“Pic of the Week”, March 8, 2019: Weddings in Krakow

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I’m a sucker for weddings.  I understand that many couples don’t stay married, but there’s something appealing about the excitement, optimism and pageantry of the wedding day that appeals to me.  I fondly remember my own wedding day some 33 years ago (still happily married), and more recently those of my two sons.  I’m old-fashioned enough to consider marriage the cornerstone of civilization.

While traveling, I like to take the opportunity to snap photos of wedding couples when possible and I’m not being intrusive.  There were a lot of weekend weddings in fall in Krakow, some of which I had a chance to photograph.

As always, my very best wishes to each of these couples.

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Some Doors of Krakow

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During my travels I’ve started to focus on certain features of the destinations I’m visiting, especially signs and more recently doors.  I find them to be quite interesting and often reflective of the folks that built and use them.

The doors we encountered in Poland were as about as expected.  Strong, sturdy, solidly-built and often utilitarian, but with some having a unique and interesting artistic flare.

Here are some of the doors we saw in Krakow:

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Signs of Krakow

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I loved the days we spent in Krakow!  The city was everything I expected — and more.  Krakow and its people that have survived a lot of hardship over the years, most recently including Nazi and Soviet occupation.  The country and its people are now free and thriving.  And remarkably, Krakow has endured the ravages of war and occupation with its beautiful medieval core intact.
There’s a lot to see and do in the town, from historic Wawel Castle (and its Cathedral), inviting Market Square, to beautiful churches and museums in the old town.  It’s a city of advanced learning with a strong tradition of faith, from which Pope John Paul II advanced as leader of his church.  The former Jewish …

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A Fall Visit to Krakow’s Hala Targowa Market

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I love to visit farmers’ markets!  I enjoy the colors, the friendly people and, of course, the chance to buy some top quality fresh foods.  The entire experience lends itself to photography and exploration.

While in Krakow we visited two markets, both very good but very different in character.  The larger of these, ‘Hala Targowa,’ is considered to be the city’s best outdoor market and is the one we’ll look at today.

During weekdays in the summer and fall,  it’s a typical farmers market.  Our visit was on a Friday in early October and the produce offerings reflected the season.  There were lots of excellent plums, a large variety of monstrous apples, a few pears and lots of root vegetables.  There were some …

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