So I step out of the hotel a little before noon and there is a crowd lining both sides of the ul. Florianska (the street which carries the “Royal Way” into the city and to the Market Square). The event? How about a dachshund parade?
On up to Wawel Hill, home of the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral.
After Wawel Hill a walk along the Wisla, and a crossing over a pedestrian/cyclist bridge, Love Padlocks (or Love Locks) — and a newlywed couple.
The Pharmacy Under the Eagle (Apteka Pod Orłem). Operated by Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a Roman Catholic, the pharmacy was started in 1910 by his father, and served both Gentiles and Jews in Krakow’s Podgórze district. The district was turned into a Jewish Ghetto by the Germans in March 1941. Pankiewicz remained on the premise despite the offer by the Germans to relocate him across the river.
The pharmacy became a hub for a range of activities attempting to support, ease suffering, and to save Jews from transport to death camps. In 1983 Pankiewicz was recognized as a “Righteous Among the Nations” for his works.
Walking back, I pass a long line…
The clue is a little brown sign below a red sign on the left of this picture: “LODY” (ice cream). I have no idea what makes this shop so popular, but ice cream shops and small storefronts are a feature in Poland — at least in the larger cities.