Day 12 – Prague to Cracow (6/5/23)

Most of the day was in the coach travelling the 500 km from Prague to Cracow. Perfectly comfortable journey in a coach with decent leg-room for a change. We are the only Brits in a party of 42!

Not much to report. We had lunch in a smallish town called Olomouc, which was fine. We watched the moment King Charles III was actually crowned.

Some pictures of Olomouc – it’s quite a pretty town.

A reproduction mechanical clock

Finally arrived at our hotel in Cracow, having traversed most of the Czech Republic from west to east. The check-in process was much more efficient – we were given our room keys and went straight up.

Half an hour later, we were down in the lobby so that Marius, one of the guides, could lead us on an orientation walk around central Cracow to assist with the finding of restaurants. I was feeling complacent, as I’d managed to book a nice tasting menu restaurant, whilst everyone else was having trouble (Saturday night, after all).

Back to the hotel, and almost immediately Jean and I set off to the Albertina restaurant, only 7 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Here we had the most delicious meal with impeccable service, but it was one of the most expensive meals we have ever had. Still, we did push the boat out a bit….. It was also, to my surprise, almost deserted. The sommelier was the absolute spitting image of our son–in-law!

First course – cod in buttermilk sauce with caviare
Second course – broccoli in a spicy sauce with a nut crust
Third course – roast chicken and a white bean purée

Fourth course – lobster ravioli

There were another three courses, plus an amuse bouche at the start and a sorbet palate cleanser. The paired wines were spot-on, too. However, I was feeling a lot less complacent and considerably poorer after this.

I’d caught Jean’s cold, so not feeling at my best, which is why this is late. We still didn’t manage to get our heads down until after 11 p.m., with a 7.15 a.m. alarm tomorrow morning.

Join us tomorrow to see how that goes.

8 responses to “Day 12 – Prague to Cracow (6/5/23)”

  1. Steve Walker avatar
    Steve Walker

    Olomouc looked very quiet. I assume you’ll be wandering round Krakow tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I think it’s a very attractive city.

    1. Yes, blog upcoming. And yes, I agree that it’s a nice place.

  2. Just caught up with your blog got the grankids staying with us henry has gone treking in Marakesh that meal looked very nouvellle cuisine but for me not big enough portions!

    1. You would have found it enough, Adele. 7 courses, some of which were very rich!

  3. Hi Chris. So sorry not to have reacted to any of your wonderful posts recently but I’m suffering with one of those wicked colds that’s hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m just beginning to feel a little better and was sorry that we had to cancel all our weekend plans. However, I hope Jean is feeling better and that you don’t feel too bad.
    We particularly enjoyed reading about Prague as we’ve been there and had a great time. It was a lovely reminder to see all your photos – thankyou. J and G

    1. Hi, Jay – sorry to hear you’ve not been well. Both Jean and I are suffering colds at the moment, but not too incapacitating. Cracow is proving to be interesting also. Warsaw tomorrow.

  4. So good to see photos of Krakow again. Enjoy your visit.

    1. We have. Warsaw awaits tomorrow.

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