Slav drove an extended van to the airport and we picked up the rest of the family. Zenon even woke early and joined us at the airport on his day off. The family returned to Krakow with Slav and spent hours touring neighborhoods and the Old Town. The under thirteen- year old children enjoyed the sights, even the huge piles of leaves in the park. They practiced using new Polish language expressions. We assigned Polish names to everyone as part of the cultural experience. Their Krakow rating… GREAT!
Slav drove us through the hills that afternoon to our hotel near Krynica- Zdroj, south of Nowy Sacz. That was our overnight stop before entering Slovakia the next day to see the ancestral villages of my father’s family. Beds were covered with warm pierzyną – feather quilt, and we could feel the weather getting much cooler here as we entered the higher elevations (about 2,000 ft. altitude) of the Carpathian Mts.