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
Located on the edge of Krakow, at the last stop on the tramline is a nest of hyper malls and rampant development. In the middle of this sits the lone surviving building from the once massive Solvay Soda Ash Complex which employed at its peak 3,000 men and their families.
"Solvay" has a complex and fascinating history (Pope John Paul II worked there during World War II to avoid deportation) but stands today as a forgotten monument and symbol of the transformations that have occurred in Poland over the last 20 years. Solvay has quietly become the defacto community center of the area - and a dedicated space for creative and artistic production.
Conceived and curated by Halfslant, NOWA SODA: Solvay Transformed is a month long artist in residency which challenges four international artists to create a site-responsive installation while bearing witness to the past and present of the building. Four artists have each developed proposals that address not just the history of the building, but the living community that uses the space every day.
Last stop on tram number 8 heading towards Borek Fałęcki
In April, we spent an unforgettable weekend with friends in Krakow. We lived in apartments in the heart of the city. TPO Travel arranged our trip to Auschwitz. Very good service and reasonable prices.
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