Poland has an interesting nativity scene and it not like anything I have seen anywhere else. It is called a Kraków szopka. We saw them in all different sizes and made out of all different materials.
The largest one we saw was at St. Francis Basilica in Krakow. It had moving parts and everything!
At many of the churches we went into we saw some made by children. There was even one made out of pasta!
There were, of course, ones pre-made ready to buy at the Christmas market.
Speaking of the Christmas market.....
Let's take a closer look at what was going on there.
Not into grilled meat? How about pierogis and all the possibilities they can contain? (Ok, really, I don't know what the sign says, but isn't it pretty??)
For a true Christmas in Poland experience, we had some smoked Polish cheese with cranberry jam. Oh my! Yum!
There were all kinds of sweets to be had. You didn't even need to look hard for them!
The most interesting were these chocolates in the shapes of tools! How cool is that!
For just around a mere $2 they had chocolate covered tangerines, grapes, or even a chili pepper on a stick!! I did have the grapes and they were so good! The market was a wonderful wonderful magical place my friends!
One last photo from the Christmas market. Lollipops, just because they were pretty!
How about some Christmas decorations?
This is one of my favorite photos of the trip. There is just something about that tree in with the European city buildings that makes me happy.
In Old Town Warsaw they had lights projected onto the buildings. It made for a lovely sight to see!
What was really neat in Warsaw was the lights projected onto the Royal Castle.
We didn't go into the castle, but the outside was nice. In front of the castle was even more Christmas decorations. It included a massive tree, presents, and ornaments.
Here is a different view of the Christmas tree. I loved it! So sparkly!
What I have loved in the cities we have gone to at Christmas time have been the lights that get strung across the streets. I don't get to see that often since were we live isn't set-up for such things. So when I do get to see it, I soak it in! Here are three for your gazing pleasure.
One last thing to share are these giant outdoor ornaments and presents. I haven't seen anything like them in another city. They were so neat!
There were plain ball ornaments.
Plain ball ornaments that you could walk through.
And as my final picture for this post, sparkly presents that you could walk through.
These were sprinkled all through out both Krakow and Warsaw. It was nice to see all the decorations and lights for Christmas!
I hope you stay tuned for my next post which will be the strange and great things we came across while in Krakow and Warsaw!