October 28th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 5: Krakow and Castle Wawel


A shot of the inside of St. Mary's Basicila. The entire church is impressive. A picture of the outside of the church (red brick) is on part 4 of my sabbatical pictures.

On the outside of Castle Wawel, looking up towards the side with the castle church.

Inside the grounds of the castle. Krakow was the capital of Poland for a long time (before being moved to Warsawa). Many kings lived and ruled here.

A shot of a picture of an aerial view of the center castle, along with tourist sites. I saw them all, of course. I lost my lens cap to my camera climbing up the narrow stairs of the castle church's bell tower to see Sigismund's bell.

The inside courtyard of the innermost portion of the castle, where the royalty resided.

A picture of part of Krakow from castle Wawel.
 

Left: A statue of 'smog' the fabled dragon that a Polish hero slew while establishing Krakow and the Polish nation. The story reminds one rather a lot of St. George and his English dragon. This statue actually occasionally belches fire.

I left the next morning bright and early (4 am local time) as the airport is a fair distance outside the central city. I returned to Tartu after a full day's travel on Friday the 24th of August.

The University of Tartu officially opens on Monday 3 September 2007, and my classes begin on the 12th.

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