We both had a great nights sleep, the bed here is wonderfully soft and comfy. I woke up feeling MUCH better than yesterday, thankfully.
We had our morning coffee, and were ready to fix our breakfast of scrambled eggs, fruit and toast. The eggs were all ready to cook, so I set the skillet on the stove and attempted to turn on the burner.......hmmmmm. It's a very modern glass 2 burner stove top, with electronic touch controls. We touched and tapped those buttons every which way from Sunday--but could not get it to turn on! So we had a meager breakfast of fruit and toast--which we burned. Sheeeesh!
After that lovely start, the rest of our day was wonderful!
We had two things planned for today, to visit Wawel Castle (pornounced vavel--the w's are pronounced as v's) and a visit to Schindler's Factory.
We got a good start this morning, time wise. David had mapped out our walking route up to the castle, which was not too far from our apartment.
Here's our first view of Wawel Castle:
The small two room gallery housing the painting was VERY well guarded! We had to show our ticket at the entrance to the first room, then line up to enter the actual gallery, where there was an armed guard at the entrance and another at the exit. I think they were very serious about protecting this painting!
The gallery was totally dark, except for spotlights on the painting. It was stunning! David said he still likes Mona Lisa better, but I was mesmerized! We spent quite a few minutes in the gallery, with me looking at that amazing Lady from every angle. WOW!
Of course, no photos were allowed, but here's one from Wikipedia:
After viewing that fabulous work of art, we wound our way thru the maze of halls and corridors, and out into the courtyard. We walked out into the big outer courtyard, and next on our list was a quick visit to the Wawel Cathedral.
The cathedral was completed in 1364. The main part of the church is quite plain, but there are several chapels that were added in later centuries, these are very ornate Baroque style. No photos allowed, of course!
Father Karol Wojtyla (who later became Pope John Paul II, said his first mass in the crypt of the cathedral on November 3rd, 1946.
Nothing too interesting on the inside, but the views from the top were nice:
We started with hummus and pita bread, and it was just OK--I think my dear friend Donna's is MUCH better! We then shared a bowl of Harira, a Moroccan soup with chickpeas, beef and orzo. It was really good. Our main dish (shared) was a Moroccan-style lamb with couscous, and it was wonderful. The lamb was cooked in a sweet/spicy sauce flavored with cardamom and cinnamon--really tasty! We each had a glass of Israeli red wine, and just like last nights wine--it was delicious.