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June 11, 2021

Krakow and its monuments!

I came here by chance and felled very nice in the city of Krakow in Poland.  It has given me many nice memories and friends since 2017. As in any city I visit, walking is a must and I did walk sometimes not even remembering where lol! After passing by the main areas for tourists I saw several nice monuments with a lot history in Krakow. I like to give them credit on a single post in my blog, just for the memories. The pictures are old the text is new; hope you enjoy it as I.

What better way to tell a country than by its religious monuments and Krakow Poland has them deep in their roots. Let me give my brief contribution to them.

The St. Stanislas and Wenceslas Cathedral Basilica of Krakow on the Wawel Hill is a must so I start with this one.  The first cathedral on the Wawel Hill was created after the year 1000 during the reign of King Bolesław Chrobry in relation with the creation of the bishopric at the Gniezno Congress.  It was a three-apse basilica dedicated to Saint Wenceslaus. At the end of the 11C, at the initiative of prince Władysław Herman, it was rebuilt. Most or even a whole of the pre-Romanesque edifice was demolished and obtained material was used to build a new St. Wenceslaus church, so-called Herman’s cathedral. The Consecration took place in 1142. The building was in the form of a three-aisle basilica with two choirs, two towers and two crypts. In the 13C, the Chapel of St. Nicholas was added to it ,and the Chapels of St. Peter and Paul as well. Herman’s cathedral burnt in 1305. To this day, the crypt of St. Leonard, the lower part of the Tower of Silver Bells, and the lowest part of the clock tower have survived.

The Cathedral of Saint Stanislaus and Wenceslas occupies a unique position in the history of Poland and in the consciousness of the Polish Nation. It was a place of coronation of Polish kings and burials of rulers, chiefs, leaders and national bards. Despite repeated rebuilding, its medieval, especially Gothic, but also Romanesque elements are easily discernible. The door of King Casimir the Great from the 14C has preserved to this day and leads to the inside of the cathedral. In addition, in the cathedral you can see, among others the tombstones of Władysław Łokietek and Casimir the Great from the 14C, and the tombstones of kings Kazimierz Jagiellończyk and Władysław Jagiełło from the 15C.

No picture can’t find it even if sure took at least one oh well, here for my memories to get one. The official Cathedral St Stanislaus and Wenceslas webpage in English:

The Basilica of St Mary is another must see. It was built in the 14C on one side of the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica (Kościoł Mariacki) is an imposing Gothic-style shrine that is part of one of the most important and famous monuments in Krakow . The tallest tower, adorned with a golden crown, is known as “Hejnalica” and was used in the past to prevent the opening and closing of the city gates as well as fires and attacks from enemies. Inside the basilica, a 15C wooden altarpiece stands out in particular, with more than 200 carved figures and 12 meters long, it is the largest in Europe.

The official Basilica St Mary webpage in English:


The early baroque Church of Saints Peter and Paul was built during the period of 1597–1619. In terms of seating capacity, it is the largest of the churches in Krakow. It became a Catholic Church in 1842, prior to this it was Orthodox.  The church was the first building in Krakow to be designed entirely in Baroque style and one of the first Baroque buildings in Poland. It was consecrated on 8 July 1635 and was raised in rank to a Smaller Basilica in 1960. The decorations are mainly stucco, depicting scenes in the lives of the Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul. At the end of the nave is the Late Baroque high altar dating back to 1735.  This contains the painting  “Giving Keys to St. Peter”. Around the altar is a short rectangular chancel, with semi-circular apse covered with a hemispherical vault.  In the apse of the chancel (presbytery), there are scenes from the life and death of Saints Peter and Paul, and the statues of patrons of Poland ; Saint Wojciech and Saint Stanisława. The church has excellent acoustics, and is frequently used as a concert hall for classical and Baroque ensembles and makes an excellent venue for such events.

The city of Krakow on the Church St Peter and St Paul in English:,inst,4897,324,instcbi.html

Krakow ch st pierre et st paul front may17

The Church of St. Andrew was built in the second half of the 11C, probably from the foundation of Sieciech, the palatine of prince Władysław Herman. It was the main temple of the Okół settlement, located in the southern part of the later Old Town of Kraków and being a suburb of the Wawel stronghold.  After the fall and exile of Sieciech at the beginning of the 12C, the church came under the patronage of the Benedictine abbey in Sieciechów and around the second or third quarter of that century it was rebuilt into a basilica. In 1320, the rebuilt church was given to the Poor Clares from the Grodzisk near Skała, for whom monastery buildings were erected nearby, funded by King Władysław Łokietek.  In later centuries, the church  had fires several times, but it was always rebuilt without major changes in the external appearance, except for the addition of baroque dome and a portal. In the 17C, an oratory was erected between the church and the west wing of the monastery.

The city of Krakow cultural webpage on the Church of St Andrew in English:


The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Dominican Monastery is a large Dominican church of the Holy Trinity at Stolarska street and Dominikanska street, a three-minute walk from the Rynek Glowny central square, is a fine example of the Krakow version of Gothic architecture. It dates back to the mid-13C and has been the stronghold of the Black Friars ever since. unfortunately, the subsequent reconstruction hasn’t been quite accurate though it’s certainly unnoticeable to the untrained eye. In 1957 Pope Pius XII has granted the title of a minor basilica to Krakows Church of the Holy Trinity. The vast Dominican monastery that adjoins the Basilica of the Holy Trinity was founded by Saint Jacek Odrowaz, better known abroad under his Latin name Hyacinth or San Jacinto in Spanish, who died in Krakow in 1257 and whose relics are enshrined at the church in an upstairs sanctuary-chapel.

The city of Krakow on the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Dominican Monastery in English:,inst,13401,1561,instcbi.html


There you go folks, I feel better to have told you about these wonderful monuments and a great satisfaction for me to have them in my blog. The visit to Krakow was very nice and looking forward one of these days to be back. Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 11, 2021

Etap, Findel ,and Luxembourg!!

Here I am updating older posts and finding some nice stories missing from my blog. Needless, to say it has been blast on the revising front. One item missing from my blog is the fact of the anecdote in a way of finding a cheap hotel in Luxembourg. This is the story of Etap, Findel, and Luxembourg!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

I am inspired to tell you about one of my favorite countries that have not live in yet. Visited several times always in family trips and many memorable moments, we love to visit more. I am talking about the beautiful country of Luxembourg. Oh yeah, there is the country and then the city….Luxembourg and Luxembourg ville.

Well if you have been reading my blog (and I thank you), you would have notice I have been visiting this small country of Luxembourg for quite some time now, and it has become one of my favorites in Europe. Let me tell you one nice anecdote of my travels me think.

We drove once as in many to it, and after walking all over Luxembourg ville we end up very late and not wanting to return so late, we look for a one night hotel. Well in the center of Luxembourg was not easy and always looking for new thing we look up the Accor French chain hotel of Etap (now all coverted to Ibis). However, the one here was all the way out in Findel by the airport!

lux etap hotel by findel airport next to ibis jan11

Findel is a village in the in the town of Sandweiler.  As said, Findel hold the Findel international airport of Luxembourg. It was at Findel, that the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg returned to the country after its liberation at the end of WWII. The airport even if we never came by plane here , and the time was cold!!! webpage:

Lux airport findel pedro et boys dec05

Well this Etap hotel was there ! We found out that we could even leave our car nicely park underground there and come into city center Luxembourg ville by bus!  And we decided to try it!! By the way next to it there wa an Ibis hotel and we have tried it too. The Etap is now the Ibis Budget (one star) and the former is now the Ibis Airport (3 stars)  hotel. The hotel webpage now:

The connection by bus 16 to the city center,was nice and easy, also bus line 29 get you in. From Luxembourg ville  as we were driving we got on the beltway A6 exit 7 or 9. However, last year they change the laws where the bus is free in Luxembourg!  More info on the Public Transports Mobilité webpage:

And the official public transport of Luxembourg Ville mobilitéit with bus schedules in French:

You will love the run very nice puntual and clean and now free, the bus is it and above ground to see it all!! Hope you enjoy the hotel, the bus , Findel, and Luxembourg city or ville.

The City of Luxembourg tourist office

The Luxembourg tourist office on Luxembourg Ville

And there you go folks, a nice anecdote me think and great stay again in Luxembourg. Hope you have enjoy the post and visit. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 11, 2021

Memories of Fontainebleau!!!

As I have been saying, Fontainebleau has a nice special meaning to our family. We never lived there but it was the first castle visited in France ever by us. This as consequence that my dear late wife Martine was from the region and she took me there first proud of her Fontainebleau. We have come back several times, I am friend of the castle, and plenty of posts in my blog on it. However, let me tell you about a culinary event nice again in Fontainebleau.

And onwards with my tour of memorable restaurants and what is coming to France without going to them! Culinary and wine capital of the world!!! This one is short and sassy but lots of good souvenirs. Mind you is an update of an older post, re-living wonderful memories!  If you have read my blog , I will cut it short. Fontainebleau is in dept 77 Seine-et-Marne the region of ïle de France.

Obviously, this is very close to family and good for same day visits, so not too many eating adventures here, even we do have eaten here! The Le Délice Impérial is a classic there and a must to go eat.  Le Délice Impérial at 1 rue Grande, Fontainebleau. At the corner of rue Grande and rue de France, the superb stall of pastries can not escape the eyes. It must be said that three pastry chefs officiate every day in this house founded in 1889 for our greatest happiness. The house offers on-site catering, but also takeaway.


I have been there a couple of times , and the last one in town all day, we ate again at the Le Délice Imperial. They have a huge dessert center where 3 pastry chefs change each day the menu. At the side of the restaurant, they is a small fast food place for sandwiches etc, and you can take home too. We had several beers, coffees, two desserts for each, milk shake, tagliatelle bolognaise, burger dish, and 3 roasted pork dishes, all delicious. Worth the detour when taking time to see the Château de Fontainebleau walking distance to it.


The Fontainebleau tourist office on the resto:

The official page has it with Le Délice Impérial

As a souvenir, this was the first place we ate there while visiting way back that do not remember the date. Our favorite was the Le Caveau des Ducs at 24 rue de Ferrare, but unfortunately it has closed a few years back. I found an old picture so will post here just for the memories.

Fontainebleau le caveau des ducs closed dec07

Hope you enjoyed eating here as we did/do and have a great time in a wonderful city with a hugely important castle, Fontainebleau.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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