Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Why You Will Love Iceland

I've got a secret. I've fallen in love... with a country called Iceland. There are many places I have been that have not lived up to my expectations but Iceland exceeded them, let me tell you why.

The Waterfalls


Iceland has many beautiful waterfalls all over the country. Gullfoss is one of the most beautiful and well known as it's on the Golden Circle route. A route that covers some of the most well-known waterfalls and geysers in the Thingvellir National park.

Another stunning waterfall is Seljalandsfoss in south Iceland not far from Vik. This waterfall is popular as you can walk behind it and see the majesty of the water and power of the water from a different angle. Just be sure to wear sturdy walking boots as it can be slippery underfoot and waterproof clothing as you will get wet.

The Volcanoes

Iceland has a number of active volcanoes, including mount Hekla who has erupted 18 times since 2000 and Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano which erupted in 2010 and caused havoc due to the ash cloud over Europe and flight cancellations. 

This gives Iceland it's unique and different landscape, after all, it is known as the land of fire and ice. You can even go inside Þríhnúkagígur volcano which has been dormant for 4000 years.

The Geysers
Strokkur Geyser

As Iceland is a volcanic island with active volcanoes with that comes the geysers. The word geyser comes from geysier which means 'to gush' and the original geyser, The Great Geyser is in Iceland. Unfortunately, it doesn't erupt very often but next to it is Strokkur Geyser that goes off every 5-8 minutes.

An easy 90-minute drive on the Golden Circle route, it really is a thing of joy to see these eruptions and realise the power of the earth.

The Black Sand Beaches


With volcanoes come black sand beaches. The black sand beaches around Vik in the south of Iceland are striking and memorable. The sand originated from the basalt lava that covers much of the area. One of the beaches here has basalt columns that look like a pyramid and is interesting to see.

To look out onto the black sand beach in Vik is a serene but surreal experience, just be careful as the waves are known to be unpredictable and particularly dangerous in this area.

The Glaciers


Glaciers and ice caps cover over 11% of the land area of Iceland. This contributes to the economy as tourists flock to go on snowmobiles and go glacier hiking.  

Iceland is losing ice due to climate change and many of these glaciers will be gone before we know it. Myrdalsjokull, for example, the glacier above, will be gone in about 50 years. To see this huge but amazing glacier is awe inspiring.

The Geothermal Spas
The Blue Lagoon

Geothermal spas are an Icelandic tradition and many locals spend their days off or catch up with friends after work relaxing in the warm waters. The poster boy for Visit Iceland is the Blue Lagoon located on a lava field not far from Reykjavik and close to the airport. 

Whilst the Blue Lagoon is in a beautiful setting it is also expensive so do like the locals do and go for one of the other hot pools, and enjoy a more rustic but equally enjoyable experience at the fraction of the price.

The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights

The phenomenon known as the northern lights or Aurora Borealis can be seen in Iceland from October to March. This beautiful light display which can be made up of many colours including blue, green, and red are a result of electrically charged particles in the Earth's atmosphere. You do need favourable conditions to see the northern lights though, mainly darkness with little light pollutions and no cloud cover. 

To see the northern lights spectacular is so amazing that is it on many people's bucket list.

The Food

Iceland is known for its traditional unusual food think boiled and singed sheep's head, 'Black Death' schnapps and fermented shark but it also has amazing fish and seafood as well as excellent lamb. 

We went on a food tour which was an excellent way to orientate you to the city as well as giving you a taste of local Icelandic food.  We enjoyed seafood soup, Skyr - an Icelandic dessert similar to yoghurt as well as the famous Icelandic hot dog amongst other things. The dessert we ended the meal with at Apotek was outstanding. 

The Museums
Skogar folk museum

The culture and history of Iceland can be examined through one of their many museums. From the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes with a state of the art multimedia exhibits to the Whale museum, Aurora Borealis museum and the quirky Phallic museum there is a museum for every taste!

We liked Skogar museum near Vik. It was interesting to see the turf houses in the open-air museum as well as visit the folk museum and there is also a museum of transport.

The Street Art
Street art

If you are ending your Iceland trip in the capital Reykjavik or making this your base, be sure to check out the amazing street art. It really adds to this vibrant and colourful city. While you are here check out the fabulous restaurants and the buzzing bar culture for which Reykjavik is known.

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Tell me have you been to Iceland? Would you like to visit?


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Top 5 Things To Do And See In Liverpool

Liverpool has plenty to see and do so it can be hard to know where to start! Allow me to recommend my favourite touristy hangouts. To see the very best that Liverpool has to offer, head to these five memorable Liverpool locations.

Albert Dock

Albert Dock 

The first place you should go when you get to Liverpool is Albert Dock. Here, you’ll find more than just a great view (although do be sure to budget in some time for snapping photos), and more than 5 million people visit each year.

Albert Dock features all sorts of interesting things to see, do and eat. Check out the International Slavery Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the Beatles Story before heading to dinner at Maritime Dining Room or Docklands Fish and Chips. If you tire of visiting everything, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Liverpool One

Liverpool One

Liverpool One is a great shopping centre geared towards families, fashionistas and foodies. Instead of the museums, you’ll find the Lego Store, the Disney Store, and high-end shopping like Peter’s Lane. If you want to chill out, why not watch a film at the Odeon cinema or visit Chavasse Park next door and sit and watch the world go by.

When you need refreshments, you can treat yourself to food from all over the world at the restaurants at Liverpool 1. From Bills to Zizzi, Cote Brassiere to Yo Sushi most of the restaurant chains you know and love are here.


Chinatown Liverpool 

Did you know that the Liverpool Chinatown was Europe’s first Chinatown? Here, you’ll find everything that you love about Chinese culture: great food, interesting architecture, Asian festivals, and shopping. 

While this area of town serves as a tight-knit community for the many of Liverpool’s Chinese population, it is also a fun place to explore. Don't forget to take a photo of the Chinese Imperial Arch, one of Liverpool's most spectacular sites decorated with 200 Chinese dragons.

The Cavern Club

The Beatles statue at the Pier Head

The Cavern Club is an iconic landmark in Liverpool and one which you need to visit on a tour of the area. After all the Beatles used to perform here, way back in the 1960s and the Cavern Club is credited with launching the band's career. You can have your photo taken in the main room on the famous stage or listen and you can still listen to live music every night.

For more Beatles history be sure to take the Magical Mystery Tour on a tour bus, which visits different areas that have to do with the Beatles including their childhood homes, schools, colleges, familiar streets that ended up in their songs, and more.

The World Museum

The World Museum

The World Museum opened in 1853 and an entertaining and educational museum based on science, technology and history. There is a planetarium, aquarium and bug house and history boffins will love the dinosaur exhibition too.  Although the museum is particularly kid friendly there is plenty for everyone to do of all ages so a visit to this awesome museum is perfect for a family day out.

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For more Liverpool inspiration check out these articles on things to do in Liverpool with kidsand fun things to do in Liverpool and smart tips for Christmas shopping in Liverpool.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

The White Lion Bar Review At The Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol

The White Lion bar in Bristol is in an enviable position overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Part of the Avon Gorge hotel, it has been recently refurbished after being bought by the Malmaison hotel group and recently I was invited to review the food.

My husband and I arrived on a Saturday afternoon to possibly the busiest bar I have ever seen in the daytime. There wasn't a free table anywhere and I was a little concerned about our reservation. I needn't have worried. We were greeted by an efficient waiter who found us a table, and who knew we were coming. A good sign!

We were given a menu and we sat and had a drink whilst discussing what we would have. The menu had a selection of pub classics like pizzas, burgers and ribs, but with a more upmarket feel. The ribs weren't any old ribs, they were Gloucester Old Spot ribs and the pizza choices included British artisan charcuterie pizza- so pub food with a side order of class.

Alex our assigned waiter then came over, introduced himself and took our order. He was very welcoming and although busy made an effort to chat to us, making us feel very welcome.

Mr W decided to have the tomato soup and one of the charcuterie pizzas and I decided to have the prawn cocktail and then the Normandy chicken.

Before our food came, we were given some tasty focaccia bread accompanied by olive oil, smoked butter and cashew nuts. The bread was delicious, with a smattering of salt and served with the olive oil and the smoked butter had a subtle smokey flavour and was an interesting choice. I didn't see the need for the chopped cashew nuts on the side but maybe that was just me. 

Then came our starters. The tomato soup tasted very fresh and light. I couldn't detect any cream in the soup so if you don't like anything heavy for lunch then this would be a great choice. The croutons added a fantastic crunch to the soup and the cheese and herbs were a little addition to add extra flavour when sprinkled on top.

The prawn cocktails was huge! Presented in a Kilner jar, a mix of prawns with avocado, lettuce and a Marie Rose sauce, it was a really lovely starter. The prawns were a mix of smaller and larger prawns and really juicy. The bread on the side was great to smother with the prawns mixture. Delicious.

After a brief interlude, our main courses arrived.

If I thought the prawn cocktail was large then I couldn't believe the size of the pizza, and neither could Mr W! This pizza was possibly the largest I have ever seen and that is no exaggeration. On the menu it does suggests you share but it could easily serve 4 people. Mr W was then cursing the fact that he had eaten the soup now!

The pizza base was relatively thin and the tomato sauce tasted authentic. The meat on the top was a selection of charcuterie meats, the type you would get in a deli, such as salami and other cured meats. I tried it too and we both thought that it was an excellent pizza.

My Normandy chicken was a dish of simple roast chicken, served with a tasty stuffing, roasted carrots and peas and a rich jus. I have to admit, though, it was different to what I expected. I thought it would be in an apple and cream sauce as Normandy chicken is usually in this style. The stuffing was yummy, a taste of pork and apple came through and the vegetables were good, not overcooked and with a buttery flavour. The jus was a very good gravy, really rich and slightly sweet.  

I ordered a side order of chips and although these were certainly tasty, I have to admit they weren't crispy at all, which was a tad disappointing. I think looking back I should have ordered the ribs for my main course, but that isn't a reflection on the quality of the dish.

After our mains,  we were both full to bursting so we declined desserts.  The black forest sundae did sound completely amazing though and other choices included apple pie and cream and triple chocolate fudge cake.

I hadn't visited The White Lion bar before but I loved the modern decor which had a nod to tradition. White tiles were the backdrop to the well-stocked bar and long wooden tables are perfect for groups of friends to chat and share food as well as smaller tables suitable for couples. Copper light fittings added a stylish touch.

After our meal we took a little walk outside to the terrace and were pleasantly surprised by the fantastic view.  I can see why this pub is a perfect venue when the weather is sunny as friends can congregate on the terrace with drinks and also have splendid views of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

I thought the food was well presented and the portions were large. The pizza was really very good and although priced at £16.95 it would have been perfect to share with a group of friends. The magic question is - would we go back? I would certainly visit again if I was in Bristol. Alex, the waiter was excellent and couldn't do enough for us, the food was much better than the averagebar food and with the breathtaking view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, it is certainly a place to go when you are in the area. Recommended.

The White Lion Bar
Avon Gorge Hotel
Sion Hill
Tel 0117 403 0210

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go Hair Kit Competition Ends 14/04

I wash and dry my hair every day, so it's important to me to have a really great hair dryer. When looking for a hair dryer it's also important to buy a brand I know and trust, so I was looking forward to reviewing the Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go Hair Kit which was gifted to me for an honest review.

Lee Stafford is an award-winning celebrity hairdresser and personality. You may have seen him on the TV show Celebrity Scissorhands or on Secret Millionaire. He also has a great range of hair products under the Lee Stafford range at Boots.

The Blow Dry & Go Hair Kit comprises a 2200 watt hair dryer, a blow dry concentrator nozzle, a tail comb, a vent brush, some clips for sectioning your hair, hair grips and hair bands. All this comes in a handy carry case for keeping everything in one place, perfect if you are travelling around.

What I love about this hair dryer set is that it's unashamedly pink and girly. OK, maybe not for everyone but the hot pink colour is very cool. 

The quality of the hair dryer is good, the buttons make a satisfying click, it is not too big or small and it is easy to carry around. The hair dryer has three heat settings and two power settings with a handy cool button to set your hair whilst blow drying. When drying my hair I use a round brush to dry under the ends and always blast my hair with some cold air so a cool button is essential to me.

What is extra special about this hairdryer is that it has a keratin infused grill to impart shine, which is a great touch. I think my hair is looking lovely and shiny below as you can see and no shine sprays were added.

With a two year warranty and priced at £29.99 I think the Lee Stafford Blow Dry And Go Hair Kit is great value. 

Today on my blog you can win your very own Lee Stafford Blow Dry And Go Hair Kit. Entry is via the Gleam application below. While you are here don't forget to check out my other competitions too, including win SkinYoga body products. Good luck!

Let me know what do you look for in a hair dryer? Would you consider buying this one?

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Weird Fish Taloga Hoodie Review

Weird Fish is a company known for their relaxed weekend wear. From their inception 23 years ago, their mission has been to make well priced well made and distinctive clothes that will make you feel good wearing them.

I have become a fan of the brand over the years, and have bought their t-shirts for my son and previously reviewed a beautiful blue patterned tunic of theirs. Their clothes sum up the surfer look to me, cosy hoodies, bright print t-shirts, light-weight cotton shirts and shorts. Over time I think they have become slightly smarter, with gorgeous printed dresses being added to their repertoire. So when they approached me recently to review an item of clothing I was really pleased. As Weird Fish are known for their hoodies, such as their iconic Macaroni hoodie I thought I would look for a hoodie to review and that would keep me warm on an upcoming trip to Iceland.

So I picked their new Taloga print full zip hoodie.

The Taloga hoodie I chose was the navy hoodie above. I thought it looked super cosy and would go with jeans and leggings and can be thrown over almost anything.

When it arrived I was really pleased with it. It is made of a cotton polyester mix and is machine washable. Perfect if you are lazing on the beach all day. A small note, however, the colour is not really navy, more a grey marl, so just bare that in mind.

The hoodie also has a pre-worn look which is perfect for a casual day on the beach.  The attention to detail is great too, I particularly loved the lining of the hood, it has a super floral print in pink, blue and brown. Other details of note are the Weird Fish logo on the hoodie on the top right and the pink draw cord on the neck to tighten the hood. It also has two cosy pockets and ribbed details on the bottom of the hoodie and the cuffs. 

My favourite part of the design is the cosy warm interior. I wore it in Iceland on a recent trip and was so pleased that it kept me warm in the snow. It really feels all snuggly inside.
other colourways include hot pink

The Weird Fish Taloga hoodie also comes in faded jade and hot pink colours and retails at £40. For a quality hoodie like this, the price is good and the quality is spot on, no loose threads on the stitching and the hoodie is finished well. 

Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland, 
look closely and you will see the hoodie peeking through under the coat

If you are looking for a cosy hoodie I would certain recommend the Weird Fish Taloga. It kept me warm when it was below freezing in Iceland so it's a big thumbs up from me!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

How To Choose A Sofa

When you come to choose a sofa there are a number of things to take into consideration. Budget, design, size, material, and lifestyle are all major considerations. In this blog post I will look at the factors to take into account when choosing a sofa.


Before choosing a sofa, be aware of your finances, and check your budget before you buy. If you have a strict budget some designs could be out of your price range, for example, leather sofas are generally more expensive than fabric sofas. Be realistic as to what you can afford. Buying second hand may be an option you could consider if money is tight.

There is something to be said for "you get what you pay for", and as a sofa often has major use I would say pay as much as you can afford for a quality sofa.


Think about the style of the room you are buying the sofa for and your own personal design preference. Are you going for a modern sofa with clean lines, a retro style from the 50's or 60's or a traditional Chesterfield sofa with quilted leather and a button back? 

Consider the height of the back of the sofa, the depth of cushion and how comfortable it is to sit on. You really need to be testing out a sofa to see if it is the right one for you.

You may also want to consider a corner sofa or a sofa bed that can be useful when people come to stay.


Think about the size of the room and the size of the sofa that is appropriate for the room. If you have a small room you don't want the sofa to take all the space, however, if you have a large family you may need a big sofa. Perhaps two smaller sofas or a small sofa and chair would be a better use of space, only you can decide. 

If you have a large room then your lounge can take a big sofa, such as a corner sofa and a small sofa may get lost in the area. You also need to take into consideration the length of the sofa for comfort if you like taking the odd afternoon nap.


Are you going to choose a leather or a fabric sofa? Leather sofas are easy to wipe clean, useful if you have kids or pets, but can be cold to sit on whilst fabric sofas are warmer but may get dirty easily. An alternative could be a fabric sofa with stain guard protection. Leather sofas are generally more hardwearing than fabric sofas too, the material on a fabric sofa can wear and fray over time.

You also need to consider a plain or patterned material. A sofa in a plain colour or tone is less likely to date, and the most popular colour is black or brown as these tones go with most decor and are dark so marks don't show as well.

Add a splash of colour with cushions and throws to add interest if you get bored with the design. A throw can make a leather sofa warmer too. 


As mentioned before if you have kids, pets or a large family it can all impact on the style, size and material of your sofa. Again if you are on your own or a couple you will have different needs.  If you have visitors on a regular basis you may want to consider a sofa bed. 

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I hope this guide has been useful in how to choose a sofa. What designs and materials do you like?

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Win SkinYoga Body Products Ends 11/04

SkinYoga is a Vegan, cruelty-free skincare range that is totally 100 percent natural. These natural ingredients are taken from their place of origin and no pesticides or plant growth hormones are used. The ingredients are dry and are active when simply mixed with water. 

Why the name SkinYoga? Like the Yoga discipline, SkinYoga's products are designed in accordance with the principles of harmony and balance. True skin care involves synergy with nature and SkinYoga is based on this principle.

The SkinYoga range contains 9 luxury products, which cover the body, the face and the feet.

My favourite products are below.

SkinYoga tea tree foot scrub

The SkinYoga tea tree foot scrub is made with tea tree oil that acts as a natural odour neutralizer, exfoliator and anti-fungicide whilst the sesame oil in its composition works hard to make your feet soft.
SkinYoga green tea face mask

The SkinYoga green tea face mask is inspired by Japanese skincare regimes and is full of anti-ageing properties. It also helps control acne and removes toxins from the skin.

SkinYoga fresh orange body mousse

The SkinYoga fresh orange body mousse has vitamin C rich orange granules that melt on your skin. The sugar in the scrub works to exfoliate the skin whilst the black sesame oil nourishes and calms. 

Today on my blog I am giving you the chance to win the SkinYoga fresh orange body mousse worth £38 plus a selection of SkinYoga samples to try. To enter the competition it is simple, enter your details via the Gleam app then follow the steps below. Good Luck!

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Monday, 13 March 2017

48 Hours In Krakow Poland

Krakow in Poland is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. As well as being an affordable city it has a wide variety of historical landmarks, cultural attractions and modern vibrancy. 

For it is here, you can find the amazing architecture from the Floriańska Gate to the Krakow Barbican, absorb the history of Wawel Castle and see the bustling Main Square called Rynek Główny. Mix this with sublime local foods, a low cost of living and an enchanting myriad of cobblestone streets and you have an excellent tourist destination.

The Kraków Barbican

Here are my suggestions on how to spend 48 Hours in Krakow, Poland.

Day 1 – Welcome to Krakow


Try one of the many cafes serving breakfast at a great price. A traditional Polish breakfast consists of bread, cheese, ham, and eggs although as Krakow is a very cosmopolitan city you will find all of your usual breakfast options here and even a full English breakfast if you are looking for one. If you are staying near the Galeria Krakowska shopping centre, I recommend breakfast at the Sweet Life American cafe, for muffins, cakes, bagels and croissants served with a smile.

Early Morning – Take a free walking tour

A statue of Pope John Paul II outside Wawel cathedral

There is so much to uncover when you visit Krakow and many attractions which are easy to miss, so I recommend taking a free walking tour of the city centre. This is not only a great way to get your bearings on arrival but also ideal for gaining a little more understanding of the history of this beautiful Polish city. You will find out how in medieval times the Main Square was a busy market with many horse-drawn stalls. See the Wawel cathedral and the statue of Pope John Paul the second, who is highly revered by many Polish people, even those that are not religious for putting Poland on the map, so to speak. At the end tip what you think the tour is worth.

Walking tours in Krakow depart the main square each morning and take you through Floriańska Gate and a number of local attractions before concluding at the impressive Wawel Castle.

Mid-morning – Visit Wawel Castle

Inside Wawel castle

Simply not to be missed the majestic Wawel Castle is a truly grand experience. Home to haunting dungeons, many ancient artefacts and an enchanting spiral staircase, you can even climb to the top of a bell tower to take in the view over the city. Taking a stroll through Wawel Castle can feel like stepping back in time, to a period when medieval soldiers and kings were walking in your own footsteps.

Just outside the main entrance of Wawel Castle is an excellent museum which has a beautiful collection of ancient swords, manuscripts and medieval attire to admire. Also, don't miss the Dragon's Den, a cave that you walk through that is home to a mythical dragon.

Lunch – Experience a “Bar Mleczny” or Polish Milk Bar

While many traditions have left Krakow since the time of communism, there are some local customs which still remain.

The Polish Milk Bar is a traditional café which offers local cuisine at an affordable price. You will find many locals, students and backpackers in these cafes. Offering a wide variety of Polish foods such as mushroom and meat pierogi, goulash or pan fried vegetables,  traditional milk bars are the best way to enjoy a local lunch in Krakow at a reasonable cost. They are however renowned for their 'abrupt' service. Try out Milkbar Tomasza for a slightly sanitised version of a milk bar run by Irish people in the Jewish quarter.

Late Afternoon – Floriańska Gate and St Mary’s Church

Floriańska Gate

Having explored Wawel Castle and eaten local food, head back across to the Floriańska Gate and the Krakow Barbican, a fortified outpost once connected to the city walls. Admire the stunning architecture and the artwork that is displayed by many local artists next to the old city walls. If you are lucky you may see one of the traditional horse and carts that transport visitors around the city centre.

Further along on the corner of the main square, you will also find St Mary’s Basilica as this tall Gothic church pieces the skyline above Rynek Glówny. Keep an eye out for the trumpet player who appears in the window at the top of the tower but also, make sure you venture inside to witness one of the most impressive structures you are likely to encounter in Krakow.

Dinner – Old Town Restaurant And Wine Bar


Krakow restaurants are synonymous with quality and overall value, and although you may not realise it, the standard of restaurants here are just as good as all the main capitals of Europe. 

Take the Old Town Restaurant and Wine Bar, for example, great service and a mix of European and local food such as pierogi and borscht,  it really was a lovely experience. We both had a two-course meal with cocktails and it came to £35. A complete and delicious bargain.  As you finish they give you some Polish schnapps to finish your meal. Cheers or Na Zdrowie!

Day Two – The Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz)

Morning – Start early in Kazimierz

A home in Kazimierz - plaque in memory of a family killed in WW2

Rise early and either enjoy breakfast at your hotel or head straight for Kolanko in the Kazimierz district of Krakow for a delicious buffet. For just 20 zloty, you can enjoy a wide range of breakfast items here, from fried eggs and toasted baguettes to cornflakes, muffins, bacon and sausages.

Mid-morning – Oskar Schindler Factory

A tank inside Schindler's factory

This incredible museum is on the site of the former factory of Oskar Schindler during WW II.  Feeling a great deal of sympathy for the plight of the Jewish population, Oskar Schindler began harbouring such locals and giving them woek in his factory which was then a production line for metallic items such as pots, pans and even bullet casings. Few places in Europe can capture such an emotional story and the museum consists of many interesting exhibits from this troubled period to accompany the story. You may have seen the film Oscar-winning film Schindler's List which is based on his life. If not, please do as it is a thought-provoking and moving film and offers an insight into Krakow in WW II.

Lunch – Eat in the Jewish Quarter

For a traditional and quick lunch try one of the local delicacies - a Zapienkake in Kazimierz. This open-faced baguette is topped with melted cheese. garlic and mushrooms, and is available from many street vendors in Kazimierz. 

Afternoon – Take a free walking tour of Kazimierz

Kazimierz, otherwise known as the Jewish quarter

Take a free walking tour of the Jewish quarter to gain a brief insight into what happened in Kazimierz during the second world war and how life has changed since this awful period. Check out the local market at Plac Nowy and possibly the most stunning structure in all of Krakow, the Corpus Christi Church; a free walking tour of this area should take no more than two hours and makes for a great way to walk off an enjoyable lunch.

Late Afternoon – Visit the 'cloth market' for souvenirs

Rynek Glowny, or the Main Square

Before you even think of leaving this remarkable city, you must check out the 'cloth market' on Rynek Główny Square.  Amber jewellery, wood carvings, paintings and hand-made clothing are just a few of the wonderful souvenirs to be picked up here. 

Dinner – Restaurant Bianca

For an excellent Italian restaurant just off the main square try restaurant Bianca. High up on TripAdvisor this cosy restaurant serves refined Italian food at surprisingly great prices. Service is excellent too. Highly recommended.

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So this is my 48 hours in Krakow, a city that is well worth visiting. Let me know if you have been to Krakow and have any recommendations or if you would like to visit in the future.

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