As a former flight attendant, I've visited all European countries except Albania and Poland. Poland is Europe's 5th largest country. Aside for Lech Walesa, Copernicus, the Pope and ten years of Polish jokes I never understood, I knew nothing of the land. However, my interest peaked because it will undoubtedly be hot on the tourist trail and because my Chicago husband's family is from here. He accompanied me with a feeling of delight in discovering his roots. I went along to become educated and enriched by something new. We flew from Atlanta via JFK and Warsaw to Krakow for a mere 4 days. No rest for the weary with a mind spinning itinerary. I favor to go to cities in the off season to mingle with the locals. It provides a far more authentic and intimate atmosphere. www.evalondonescorts.co.uk

On airport arrival, we're cheerfully greeted by Pavel who is likely to be our driver throughout. He holds a welcome sign "Suza Davis ".I say, "Hi, I'm Suzy from Atlanta." I chuckled when he responded, "Yes, downstairs of USA." We checked into Hotel Amadeus, a 16th century posh inn in the center throb of town center. Prince Charles once bedded in our room, I'm told.

We attempt to search for dinner. The illuminated Old Town was stunning and filled with so many teenagers, it made me feel elderly. 150,000 students reside in this university town. Krakow is Europe's premier party scene where they stay out before birds sing. This historic district holds highest concentration of bars and restaurants in the world. We suddenly discovered Pierogi Garden, home of the freshest Polish dumplings. They certainly were stuffed with sauerkraut, lamb, beef, berries, chocolate and even peanut butter. There have been 6 types of soups, all with beets which I abhor. After a dozen dumplings, I'd a melted ewe's milk cheese pancake that was beyond delicious.

Poland experienced countless invasions throughout its history. After being ravaged by the Germans and then the Russians, it finally achieved independence in 1989 with the collapse of Soviet communism. Krakow was wired for destruction near the finish of WWII by the Germans. They planned to blow it down once the Russians took over, fortunately the war ended hours before the master plan was carried out.

Today it remains among the few cities remaining in its original form. With a population now of 780,000, it has morphed in to a trendy international capital. Vibrant and modern yet somehow retains its traditional culture with regal architecture. It's in Krakow where one finds the spirit of the new Poland.

On day 2, we were greeted by Anna who was simply strikingly beautiful. We began in the internet of cobbled streets in Old Town that was intended for walking. It absolutely was a maze of museums, chapels, galleries, cafes and hole in the wall pubs. Even yet in winter there clearly was entertainment with street dancers, mimes, accordion players and on one corner, I watched a knight in armor break-dancing.

We entered Market Square, Europe's largest medieval square where little has changed since 1257. It's crowned by the Bell Tower the place where a bugler plays at the the top of hour. It drives the residents crazy at night. A necessity see is Cloth Hall where fishmongers, cloth merchants and bakers have sold their wares since the 14th century. Now it's the perfect arcade of handicraft stalls.