You’re sitting on a blue wooden chair in an open-air tavern, surroundedby high mountains, pine forests, blooming oleanders and fragrant herbs.You’re looking at the ruins of a Byzantine castle. There’s hardly anyone elsearound. You’re eating the best simple food in the world of which the re-motest ingredient was supplied by the owner’s brother-in-law who lives ten kilometres away. That’s luxury.Thanks to cheap fights, the world has shrunk. Three hours from where you’re reading this text, there’s a beach where you would be alone, except for the tavern’s owner serving fsh caught this morning. You use the tools of mass tourism – low-cost carriers – in order to immerse yourselves after two hours in another kind of travelling; in searching for places that are unique, uncrowded, authentic. And they are closer then you think.
Hotels themselves are not the reason why we stay at them. We are there to see something else, to wake up in the morning, have breakfast and leave them. This is when our adventure starts. They are often discent – clean, comfortable, nice service. No more than that. Yet occasionaly hotel becomes an experience in itself. Sometimes it’s the luxury. Some-times it’s the design. Sometimes it’s the story behind how the place came to be. Sometimes it’s exceptional hosts. Ambiance that we feel in the air. Whichever it is, it is a kind of beauty that we cannot shake off when we leave. Hotels that become the very reason to come back. This is what this section is about.
Imagine: tropical country, good hotel, offering impressive variety of dishes, luxury of local specialities. Calmary, shrimp, pasta, fresh fruit, piles of salads. And only one line, dozen of people queuing: line for hot dogs. Some people, even as they travel, leave their taste buds at home, unready for a slightest experiment.
In this section we tell you where to eat and drink so that your taste buds enjoy beautiful journey as you travel.
When we travel, we can visit a country or its fake version, prepared for tourist with the hope for quick profit. It is the case with hotels, with the food – and with cultural events as well. You can watch pseudoconcert of pseudolocal band by the hotel pool – but you can also catch jazz concert that is a treat.
In this section we tell you what is really going on as far as cultural events go in the place you came to.
Our hearts have gone green, yet we sin against our eco values when we board planes, drive our cars hundreds of miles, or spend a night or two in a ten-storey hotel built on a beach that used to be beautiful before the bulldozers came. In this section, we help you make up for it. We write about hotels whose owners have used local materials for construction and made sure their creation fits into the landscape, instead of spoiling it; we write about people for whom the concept of “sustainability” translates into daily choices. We write about restaurants serving food which has travelled a far shorter distance than you did to get there. We write about walking trips enabling you to discover places more beautiful than the panoramas seen through a car window at viewing points. We write about where to sleep, where to eat, and where to go if you want to become part of the place you’re visiting, and not just an intruder.
Go back to your most cherished memory from your travel. What image comes to your mind? We’re guessing you did not remember the lobby of the all-inclusive resort or a tourist trap in some city center. One trav-els for different moments: lonely beauty of places that you don’t see at postcard stands, the luxury of discovering a spot that no one tried to sell to you. A hike along the mountains with wild goats running around. A fve-table restaurant facing Bizantian castle where you eat your best greek salad ever. A beach that no one seem to have found but you. Places like these are transformed into our memories, into the stories we tell when we come back. They are not easy to fnd. But we help you fnd them.
Unique atmosphere, huge, ten-thousand-square-meter dance floor, excellent acoustics, original decor, and tens of thousands of partying people. Would you believe this?It is all free. But there is one condition. In order to join the party, you must bring only positive energy. Remember this address: Market Square, Kraków.
Where should we spend New Year’s Eve? In pair with choosing Christmas gifts, this question becomes a major dilemma of December. What about welcoming New Year at one of the most beautiful market squares in Europe?
The New Year’s toast raised here tastes amazing. Crowds of local folks and tourists, historic surroundings, show of light and colours, sounds of music uniting people from all over the world, of all ages, gender, and culture. Everything indicates that on New Year’s Eve foreign languages will blend together not only from the excess of champagne.The superb party will obviously be spent in the company of music pop stars. In previous years we have welcomed the New Year in Kraków together with such stars of the world music scene as: eccentric American vocalist Kelis, Kate Ryan named “Queen of Dance”, and Lou Bega, famous for his hit song Mambo No.5. We have also danced to live music of Daddy Cool, Ma Baker and Rivers of Babylon performed by German band Boney M. Also, Welsh king of rock’n’roll, Shakin’ Stevens, wearing his inherent white shoes, sang his wild greatest hits here.The New Year’s Eve is indisputably a queen of all nights. New Year should be greeted cheerfully and with honours. This is why, last year’s New Year’s Eve motto was: “City of Kings”. The greatest queens and kings of Polish music scene were present in the Market Square, including Agnieszka Chylińska, Maciej Maleńczuk, Kayah, Zakopower, IRA, Wilki, Feel, Red Lips and Future Folk. In spite of the winter weather, the heart of Kraków will once again feel the beat of hot rhythms, and the unforgettable atmosphere will be delivered by the greatest music stars. On this special night, the richness of the surrounding world will focus like in a lens, filling us with emotions. At the biggest New Year’s Eve dance floor in Poland, events will be happening just like in the colourful kaleidoscope. The last day of the year in Kraków can be regarded as the résumé of four seasons. And what reflects the rhythms of nature best? The dance, of course. Various temperaments, performers, new music hits, colourful visualizations, show of lights, and, accompanying the show, acrobats and dancers. You will certainly join the flow of fun. Let’s dance!Those lost in party fun and those more disoriented in time and space do not need to worry – the most popular Polish TV presenters will guide you through the meanders of the entertaining reality. The fantastic New Year’s Eve party will begin at 8 p.m. and last until 1 a.m. Those who stay at homes will get a chance to feel jointly the incredible atmosphere of the welcoming of the New Year through the live broadcast on TVN station. Happy New Year!
Artur Jackowski – music critic, Karnet monthly