Christmas Market In Krakow, Part 1

I don’t quite get the idea of all the department stores trying to make us feel festive from early November. Honestly, when everything is grey, rainy and windy, and everyone around is either sick, depressed or frustrated, the last thing coming to my mind would be Christmas. It is just all wrong in November and even the carols having been played in Starbucks since right after Halloween aren’t able to change it.
Luckily, the situation is completely different in December, when frosty cities dressed up in first snowflakes kindly remind us that Christmas is just around the corner. And there’s no better place to officially start celebrations than a proper Christmas market, don’t you think?
 
Therefore last Friday, at 6 o’clock in the morning, highly caffeinated and hardly awake, I grabbed a few essentials and headed off to Krakow, to enjoy the magical atmosphere of my favourite market. It was a short, 2-day trip but it recharged my batteries for the next two weeks of work left until Christmas.

 

Well, let me show you what I’m talking about:









 
Gingerbread decorations melted my heart- so cute!
 


Going further I’ve noticed that the traditional Polish craft was present everywhere. Not quite my style, but still, they somehow make you feel at home. All these cups and saucers were actually rather popular among the visitors.
 
 
 
…alongside with some kitchen tools…
 
…and colourful, old-fashioned toys.
 
There was also some room for hand-made tablecloths, many of which were covered with Christmas embroidery.
 
 
And these lollies! They made me miss my childhood straight away…
 
…while the angels weren’t even observing, too solemn to get excited about our earthly things.
 
The best, though, was about to come…
 
Chocolate tools!!! I could easily become a mechanic with such equipment!
 
 
 
More hand-made pieces…
 
…and various paintings of local artists.
 
You could also choose one of many funny purses and handbags…
 
…or keep things simple and go for a generous slice of bread- impossibly good! The gross part of the fun is that people traditionally eat it with a thick layer of animal fat spread! I know, this doesn’t sound appealing at all, however, thinking of those ridiculous queues of people willing to wait half an hour to get their slice while being surrounded by dozens of best restaurants, I guess, that must be something to it…
 
Although at the moment I need to leave you in favour of going to work, I hope by now you are all convinced to visit your local Christmas market 🙂 It’s not all I’ve got to share, though- expect another portion of festive goodies coming soon!