Basilica Views & Vodka Tasting in Kraków
Following an emotional and heart-breaking time at Auschwitz earlier in the day, my friends and I needed a few hours to recover. This was achieved by a journey to process the morning, followed by vodka at the Wodka Bar and views from St. Mary’s Basilica Bugle Tower.
Leaving the men to do their own thing for a while, the four of us made our way towards the St. Mary’s Basilica.
Naomi carrying the gorgeous Breton clutch bag from Sarah Dunbar Design.
We headed in through the entrance, only to be told off by a guard for being there. We huffed our way out, thinking about how rude he had been. That was, until Char noticed a sign pointing people to a tourist entrance further around the building. At the time, the man had asked us if we’d read the signs, to which we replied we had. But clearly, we’d been talking about a different sign and he was completely right. Oops! Only we four could have done that… Although it was a slightly mortifying realisation, it was highly comical too!
Recovering from embarrassment, we located a ticket shop and bought admission to go up the Bugle Tower – which was the correct thing to do! With some time to kill before the allotted time, we chose to go vodka tasting at Kraków’s infamous Wodka Bar. For 50 ZL – around £10 – we ordered two trays, containing three flavours each.
I opted for honey, apricot and rose. All were equally delicious, although apricot was definitely my favourite. The flavours were delicate and not overpowering, whilst the vodka left a bite. We sipped away at our 25ml glasses, whilst chatting and getting rosy-cheeked.
It wasn’t until we stepped back out in to the fresh air that we realised how strong the drinks were. It’s safe to say that we arrived to the basilica’s tower feeling rather giggly!
We also hadn’t really thought about how we’d be getting to the top of the tower. By this, I mean the fact that we’d have to go up steps.
We powered our way up to the top, laughing and supporting each other along the way – who knows whether the alcohol helped or hindered! If the steps didn’t take our breath away, the views at the top sure did.
St. Mary’s Basilica Bugle Tower provided a panoramic view of the city below. It was beautiful!
After we’d exhausted every direction of the Basilica’s views, we made our way back down the steps and found another outdoor garden to enjoy a round of cocktails.
We then joined up back up with our other halves for dinner. On a recommendation from the brilliant Damien – our Auschwitz guide – we went to U Babci Maliny for traditional Polish cuisine. I ordered the goulash in a bread bowl. It sounded and looked great but unfortunately, was full of mushrooms – the only food I truly detest – and so I couldn’t enjoy it. The taste even lingered in the sauce, yuk! I did devour some of the potato dumplings we’d ordered on the side though, they were delicious!
Leaving the restaurant behind, we headed to the Market Hall to get some group and couple photos in front of St. Mary’s Basilica. We then settled in a nearby bar and toasted the last night of our holiday.
All in all, the afternoon and evening were the perfect way to spend the last few hours of our trip.