Some of the most incredible experiences you can have in Krakow are absolutely free. Stand in the middle of Krakow’s Old Town District and pan your eyes three-sixty-degrees. Any direction you look, you’ll ﬁnd something odd. Oddly exciting, that is.
All of the tips stories I’d read on Old Town couldn’t have prepared me for this extravaganza, and even if they had registered, I would’ve skimmed through with a little “whatever” and moved on.
Seeing is believing, of course, and what I saw really did make me believe–I believed Death was there, posing for photographs, terrorizing young boys and ﬂirting with pretty women. I believed a woman made entirely of bronze, straight out of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, was standing in the crowd while children gaped and gawked. And I truly believed a handsome man in a suit had sprung out of The Matrix and decided to freeze himself in time.
Perhaps the most fun I had watching a performance was by a man, who looked like an executive for a big Wall Street ﬁrm. Even if he wasn’t posing in the middle of the crowd, I would’ve picked him out from a mile away. His manner was endearing and the people loved every minute of it!
But people in make-up isn’t the only way to be entertained here. Over many years, artists of all kinds have gauged their target audience well, picking out a few routines they know serve their purpose–to promote themselves in particular and art in general–the most.
Dancers are the other type of artistes you’ll ﬁnd in Old Town, and I must say, they’re downright geniuses. Flowing movement, hip-hop beats and these guys never miss a step!
The buck doesn’t stop here either! Throughout the day, you’ll see groups of musicians setting up shop wherever their feet might take them, and once they settle in, they start belting out some hummable tunes. Gather round and hear the magic A performance I loved especially was by these three accordion players.
Phew! That’s about it, right? Wrong again! There’s more! Solo guitarists appear at will! This one was playing tunes on request–I requested the tried and tested Hotel California, but someone beat me to the punch. My request, while denied, was drowned out by the sound of a cheering crowd!
If entertainment is what you seek, dear reader, you might just have found the perfect place to be.
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