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To a deluxe apartment…

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Krakow, Poland Airbnb

The view from my Airbnb in Krakow last June was fun. However, my room was on the top floor, there was no elevator, I have a bad back, and I had to carry all of my luggage up and down almost 100 stairs. When I went out for the day, I was extra careful to not forget anything because I didn’t want to have to do those stairs more than absolutely necessary.

Wawel Royal Castle

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Wawel Royal Castle (Krakow, Poland)

Happy birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus!

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Nicolaus Copernicus salt statue in Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Last Salty Supper

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“The Last Supper” was created by Antoni Wdrodek in 1927-28 in St Kinga’s Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Kraków, Poland

St. Mary’s Cathedral and Krakow’s Old Town Square

Blue Hour Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland

The next day I climbed to the top of the tower for the opposite view, but it was the middle of the day, instead of after sunset, so not quite as impressive lighting-wise.

St. Kinga’s Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Wieliczka Salt Mine (near Krakow, Poland)

Nearly everything in today’s photo is made of salt, including most components of the chandeliers, the statues, wall carvings, and floor.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is usually crawling with tourists, but because of Covid-19 the number of people entering the mine chambers has fallen off considerably. 800 or so steps are descended on the tour. Luckily, an elevator is available to get you up and out at the end. I asked our tour guide how many times a day she has to walk all of those steps, and she told me 2 or 3 times a day before Covid and just 2 or 3 times a week since the mines reopened during Covid.

For a photographer, like me, this was an optimal time to take the tour as my photos of the place aren’t filled with tourists.