Hello I’m Nina, 26 and from the North East of England. I am the newest addition to The People's Poncho (The Waterproof Poncho) HQ in London. I grew up in the wilds of Northumberland and hence, am a lover of the outdoors. I’m also pretty partial to an earl grey tea!
I have Polish heritage (my surname is Zaluczkowska - cool huh?) and this most recent trip to Krakow & Zakopane, Poland was to celebrate my Uncle’s 60th Birthday with the rest of my family.
For a lot of people, I feel that Poland is under-rated. It is such an amazing place to visit with so much history, especially surrounding the second world war.
The summer is a great time to visit as the weather is warm. If you opt for winter, come prepared as the temperature will most often be below 0 degrees and in the mountains will of course be even colder.
My top tips for Krakow:
- Stay in the Jewish quarter. This is the most authentic part of the city where you can find many good restaurants, quirky shops and good museums
- Go to the MOCAK – Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow. This is on the other side of the river where newer eateries and bars are beginning to open
- Get Breakfast at Dynia Resto Bar & sit in the beautiful garden. You can still see some of the damage on the buildings here from the war - the architecture & greenery is beautiful
- Hire a bike and cycle along the river. Krakow is quite a small city and you could walk everywhere if you want to. If cycling isn’t your thing, uber & taxi’s are very cheap or even cheaper, take the tram
- Treat yourself! Krakow & Poland in general is very cheap. The currency is
- Polish Zloty (1 zloty = around 20p)
From Krakow we took a bus to Zakopane in the mountains (costs the equivalent of around £8 for a return trip) which took around 2 ½ hours and then a taxi to our final destination of Gliczarów Górny where the whole family were staying in an authentic wooden chalet.
My Top Tips for Zakopane/the mountains:
- Hike until your heart is content! You can basically walk anywhere and you will be somewhere beautiful but my personal favourite is the Morskie Oko hike. It’s a beautiful lake set in the mountains
- Take a dip in one of the therma pools. You can go and enjoy these naturally heated pools for such a small amount of money (around £5) and it’s a lovely way to spend the day or evening after tiring yourself out on a hike
- Take the Kasprowy Wierch cable car to the top of the mountain or if you’re feeling energetic, walk!
- Try the polish delicacies. No trip is complete until you’ve tried the local cuisine, however if you’re a vegi like myself, be warned – it’s a little tricky!
- Pack yourself a Rain Poncho. The weather changes very quickly and its always best to be well prepared. Weighing just 460g, it won't weigh you down either!
If you have any questions for Nina, please drop her a line on email@example.com x