Winter Under Water (Picador) by James Hopkin. I read this novel while in Krakow and it describes all the beauty and magic of the city, as well as the other side. Highly recommended! Also his stories, 'even the crows say Krakow' were pretty good too and perfect to take on a trip.
hetmanska bookshop, rynek
massolit, ul. felicjanek
american bookstore, galeria krakowska
Krakow is a truly beautiful city that I am lucky enough to call home.
People often refer to it as the 'new Prague' and I'm never really sure what they mean by this. It is becoming a popular stag destination but it hasn't grown to a level that overshadows the cultural and historic atmosphere that the city has. Thankfully Krakow hasn't developed the rash and mercantile tourism enterprises found in Prague either. Only time will tell how this will all work out.
Whether you are coming to Krakow on a weekend break, business trip or backpacking adventure a good all-round guide I can recommend is www.cracow-life.com which has all the information you could need. I even find it handy as expat as it lists local news, events and weather.
I think the best time to visit Krakow is in December when the Christmas market is in full swing on the main market square. It's setting in the medieval streets, with a bit of snow thrown in, is perfect for a bit of festive magic.
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