Search This Blog

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A 3 Day Travel Diary of Krakow, Poland

I've always been a creature of habit when it comes to holidays and haven't often ventured out from the standard Spanish beach resorts. However as you know from my previous Naples blog posts (read here: 1-2-3-4), recently I've been exploring new places and wanted to share my latest experience with you. Last week The Blogger Programme took a group of bloggers away for a long weekend to Krakow located in the south of Poland. 

Day One

The weekend started as it meant to go on with my first alarm set on Friday for 2:30am. Of course me being me, I left a bit of my packing to the last minute and found myself having a shower, fake tanning and getting ready at silly o'clock. I then drove to Luton airport were I met TBP family and jumped on the plane to Poland. We flew with Wizz Air, a low cost airline which offers over 500 different routes within Europe. If you're looking to get away for a bit, I'd certainly recommend this airline as the whole process was simple, quick and easy from Luton to Katowice. 

When we arrived in Poland, our driver from Krakow Trans Tours was there to greet us and load all of our cases into the car. By this point, it was about 2pm and we were all hungry and ready to have a half hour chill out before moving onto our next adventure. When we arrived at our hotel in Krakow, we were amazed by its location and architecture within the main lobby. We were staying in the Sheraton Grand Hotel which overlooked Wawel castle and the river so as you can imagine, our bedroom views were beautiful. The Sheraton hotel is part of the Hilton chain and the staff there were extremely helpful. It’s situated just on the outskirts of the city making it less than a 15 minute walk into the main square.

Once we arrived at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, our suitcases were taken to our room and we spent some time relaxing in their exclusive lounge where they laid out a selection of snacks, biscuits, drinks etc that we could help ourselves to throughout our stay. We then set off to our rooms where we had lots of gifts laid on our bed provided by The Blogger Programme - as you can imagine we were so excited about these! The gifts included the likes of makeup pallets from Urban Decay, a purse from MyWalit, hair texturing spray from Maria Nila, Mascara from Xlash and many more little treats.

Whilst we were chilling in our room, a guy from the hotel knocked on our doors with two big bags for myself and Emma. When we opened them, we found a letter and a Sheraton Grand Hotel travel pillow with the words ‘Sweet Dreams Robyn’ embroidered into it. The letter read out something along the lines of ‘because our beds can’t be with you everywhere you go, we’ve given you this to remember us by and to keep you company throughout your travels’. Very cute and a nice touch!

We spent some time in our room freshening up before heading down to dinner. At the front of the lobby, there was a restaurant which was designed like a sports bar. The vibes were so relaxing and the food just kept coming! It got to around 11pm and we were all so tired after waking up at 2:30am and spending our day travelling. We headed off to our rooms, got changed into our Figleaves pjs and hit the deck ready for the next day ahead of us. 

Day Two

We started the next day early with a walk into town and a bite to eat before setting off to Auscwitz. We had a tour around the camps and it literally broke my heart hearing about what happened just under 100 years ago. It was extremely hard to believe what people had gone through and I can’t quite get my head around it.

We then headed back to Krakow where a few of us grabbed food and went for a stroll around the city at night. An hour went past and it was time to jump on our segways for a private tour around Krakow. We spent about half hour all taking it in turns to drive the segway to get use to the feel of how it works - It looks a lot harder than it actually is! Once we all had a test run, we set off into the town for a tour thanks to the guys at Tell Me Travels.

Once the tour was over, we went back to our rooms to change and get ready for our last dinner altogether. We had a table booked for us at an Italian restaurant called Boccanera. As you know, an Italian couldn’t have suited me anymore! However it’s weird, when I’ve been away recently, I’ve found myself totally loosing my appetite. Does anyone else ever get this or is it just me?

After dinner, we all went back to our room in an attempt of having an early night. By this point, the lack of sleep had really caught up on us and we had our alarms set early in the morning to pack and catch our flight. 

Day Three

I had my alarm set for 6am local time and literally threw on my tracksuit and trainers. I wanted to be as comfortable as possible and knew I had lots of work to catch up with on the minibus and on the plane.

I went to Poland thinking it was going to be a lot colder than it was in the UK. However I was totally proven wrong and the weather was actually quite nice for this time of year. It was sunny throughout the whole of our trip and the temperature was actually a few degrees hotter than the UK. So if you’re thinking about going to Poland, we went in the beginning of November so I would suggest that’s a good time to go.

Primark were the main sponsors of our trip to Krakow, Poland so before we came away, they each gave us £150 voucher to spend in one of our local stores in preparation for the trip. We all know Primark and we all know how much stuff we can get for £150 in there! I had a huge basket full of pjs, clothes, heels, accessories etc and when I took it over to the till, it only amounted to £80. So I went for round two and discovered lots more things I didn’t see the first time.

I had so much fun throughout the trip all thanks to my bae’s at The Blogger Programme! It was amazing having everyone together and getting to travel new cities with new friends and faces.

Love Robyn xxx


brands I’ve loved working with

brands I’ve loved working with