My husband is a pilot, and flys from Goodwood, as his father did. So the place has a special magic for us, and as members of the Aero Club we get to cross the barriers and be 'up close' with the planes. Here we are several years ago at Goodwood.
|Please excuse the extremely non-vintage hair here! I was just beginning!|
Yet somehow, we always have other important engagements during the weekend of the Revival, and since the above photo was taken about 6 years ago we haven't managed to attend. This year was no exception as we were invited to the wedding of an old University friend, who had decided to get married in Krakow.
I have to say, I was not completely thrilled about going to Poland. The trip took up our modest holiday budget for the year, and I imagined it would be cold, and stark, and very former Soviet bloc, and pretty miserable overall. I could not have been more wrong.
My husband was particularly taken with this old soviet flying hat!
|Blue skies! We had 27 degrees on one day!|
The city feels really safe at night & family-friendly. Although there is obviously a seedier side to every city (particularly those which have the honour of being great stag do destinations!), it is very well hidden in Krakow. This may be because of the influence of the Catholic church - we saw a lot of nuns! I didn't notice any obvious red light areas, though I do know some of our party ended up in bars charging over £100 per bottles of Vodka, in return for the presence of some scantily-clad lovelies!
Since Poland has not yet adopted the Euro currency, it is cheap to eat out - more so in the restaurants off the square. An enormous main meal, with wine & beer set my husband and I back the princely sum of £14. There are a good variety of restaurants, but my recommendation is to head for those selling local food, which is delicious. So long as you like plenty of meat & dumplings (which with my European ancestry, I do!).
After a meal, head to a cafe for some vodka tasting...
|A selection of flavoured Vodkas set us back all of £4|
|The cream clogs your arteries, but the prunes keep your regular!|
On Friday night, we met up with our friends for drinks, and one commented that we looked as if we'd stepped out of the 1940's. Well, duh!
For the wedding, I wore my red M'lady dress by Able Grable. I had this made earlier in the summer, as a present for my birthday. It was the first of the design to be made in Red silk, and I am completely thrilled by it. I cannot sing the praises of Miss Matilda Grable enough!