Katarzyna Gądek – The Deputy Director of the Department of Information, Promotion and Tourism, of the City of Krakow, Ms. Katarzyna, is inviting the guests, of the city, to the pages of TravelBE magazine: “Sincerely I would like to thank all, of our readers, for choosing to be guests of Krakow. Aware of the history of the city, the capital of Polish culture, museums, science centers and modern technologies, I would like to exalt Krakow as having always been on the crossroads of the cultures, and has had a great tolerance over centuries. It always has been a Mecca for positive exchange of information, among different nationalities. Today we are glad to see all the guests of our city!”
“I still don’t know how one gets the award of Michelin, but somebody came to the restaurant, tasted what I cook, and said that it is good. I found out later, when my director came, with champagne, and said: ‘Michał, we got an award from Michelin…’ During that time, I was the chef. Straight away, so simply, my name appeared in the Michelin red guide. That was in 2007…” Next year, Michał got another Michelin award. Later, he also got three further Michelin awards. Maybe this was just luck, or many years of hard work. However, all chefs dream of achieving high status. Michał modestly comments: ”Understanding the worth, of my skills, came to me only with time, after big changes in my life had happened”. Earlier, in his culinary career, he cooked for George Bush junior, The King of Japan, and John Paul II. Today he runs his own restaurant in Krakow, where dishes really can be called the symphony of taste – Pięciolinia Smaków.
Krakow is the capital of the Lesser Poland region. It has a population of about 1 million. It is known as a city of students, artists and painters, and a city that never sleeps. Its many ancient sites include Wawel, the Main Market square, Kazimierz district, castles and palaces and many other historical places. These attract and fascinate every visitor with their atmosphere. However, besides Krakow, in this region, it’s worth visiting many other really marvellous places. This area is in the southern and south-eastern part of Poland at the upper reaches of the rivers Wisła and Warta. Known as “60 pearls of Lesser Poland”, here you can get on any type of public transport, either directly to Wadowice, Zakopane, Nowy Sącz, Tarnów, or to the other favourite regions for visiting. To the south, is the glorious view of mountains, especially at Zakopane, which, situated in the charming Tatra valley, is called “a cradle of mountaineering” in Poland.
Czesław was five years old when his parents brought him to Denmark. Since that time, he has travelled quite a lot: Lviv, Copenhagen, Poznan and Krakow. When he was twelve years old, he started to travel without his parents. During the last two years he did more than 200 000 km in his car. This famous 37 year-old musician and singer, and a graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, is an expert in trips; each of them he calls a small life. He is sure they are life-changing. During the journeys, he buys unusual things from flea markets. The advice, of his parents, from childhood, he cherishes. According to him, it is better to travel light with your back-pack. In his opinion, you can make a journey particular, like his music, which is famous, for many, from his platinum album “Debiut”.
Krakow is a marvelous example of an unusual symbiosis of mystical legends and real facts. The city has almost 1000 years of history, it has its own particular culture, and atmosphere, which you can feel most in the University district. Krakow University is the oldest and the most prestigious University in Poland. Mikołaj Kopernik, Karol Wojtyła, Andrzej Wajda, have all studied there; also Władysław Podkowiński, the master painter of one the most famous ppictures in Poland “Frenzy”, has worked there. In Krakow, you can also admire Krakow’s Florence. You can see the national property of Poland: “Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo Da Vinci. St. Mary’s Church is architecturally dominant in Main Square. E
Polish dishes are rich, substantial and offer a great variety. The world’s chefs agree that it is difficult to determine the origins and uniqueness of Polish dishes. They are all a result of historical changes, and repeated invasions, in the country, which had great influence on culinary fashion. In turn, medieval chronicles describe Polish cuisine as spicy, based on meat and grain. Hence, in comparison with other European kitchens, Polish cooks favour spices, especially pepper, nutmeg and juniper. Today, typical traditional dishes of Poland are Flaki, Macznaka and Salceson, which you can try in any restaurant of the country.
Krakow is the capital of the Lesser Poland region. It has a population of about 1 million. It is known as a city of students, artists and painters, and a city that never sleeps. Its many ancient sites include Wawel, the Main Market square, Kazimierz district, castles and palaces and many other historical places. These attract and fascinate every visitor with their atmosphere. However, besides Krakow, in this region, it’s worth visiting many other really marvellous places. This area is in the southern and south-eastern part of Poland at the upper reaches of the rivers Wisła and Warta. Known as “60 pearls of Lesser Poland”, here you can get on any type of public transport, either directly to Wadowice, Zakopane, Nowy Sącz, Tarnów, or to the other favourite regions for visiting. To the south, is the glorious view of mountains, especially at Zakopane, which, situated in the charming Tatra valley, is called “a cradle of mountaineering” in Poland.»
The subject of this article is alopecia, which, in conversational speech, is usually known as “baldness”. Science explains that alopecia is of genetic cause. Those who are looking for an answer to the question “Why am I losing hair?”, and want to know whether there is an effective treatment, should read further. DEKOPILL is a patented cosmetic substance, produced in USA, which has been formulated during much research in European laboratories, and finally improved as a result of clinical trials in Russia und USA; it is now being produced in Dallas, Texas
Grandiose spaces, for children, are open in Stanislaw Lem garden of experiences. A few hours of walking here can be a most interesting way of spending time. In a company with friends or parents, kids like this place, as in other parks in Krakow, which have other histories. You can also visit the park of Wojciech Bednarski. This brings you to a marvelous cognitive world; you will fall in love with this fantastic urban oasis, and wish to return.
Krakow is full of programs of various cultural events, which have been initiated by the city administration and by commercial organizations. They call Krakow a “city of festivals”, and this fact has been confirmed time and time again. Every year there are about 100 festivals, of which at least half have international flavour. Krakovians, and guests of the city, have various tastes for events, but there is a core of traditional festivals which have been celebrating for decades. For example, the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, which has been held since 1998; Krakow All Souls Jazz since 1964; the Cinema Festival in Krakow since 1961; the International music festival in Old Krakow since 1975, and the International Festival of street theatres since 1998.
While on vacation in Poland, you can visit two different, but equally unique, cities. They are situated in the north and south. You will be surprised at what you will find: laces from Guinness World Records and hunting for amber on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
The European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC) is a document which you can use in countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. By having this card, you can use the health service on the same basis as the citizens of these countries. To get an EHIC, you have to apply to the National fund of health. An application form, and other information, can be found here – www.nfz.gov.pl. The card covers you for 6 months if you are working, or 3 months of you are not working. Pensioners get cover for 5 years.