One of the most exciting places for me in Poland are the farmer Markets.
In almost every city, town and village there is at least one and Krakow and Myślenice are not exceptions.
My favourite one in Krakow's city centre is stary Klapearz.
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There are several new shopping malls that have sprung up all over Krakow in recent years and the inevitable mall rats culture has sprung up with them.
These monsters of metal, glass, escalators and elevators, make happy consumers happier, apparently?.
The homogenisation of cultures to one, unidentifiable from another.
Although this Americanisation is happening all over Europe, you must remember it was only 20 years ago since Poland had it's first semi free elections from communism.
When the shops would be empty of goods, row after row of empty shelves is a common image of bad times during communism.
But a short 5 minute walk from Galleria Krakowska (beside the railway station) is stary Klapearz, a completely different experience.
Stary Klapearz is an open air fresh produce farmer's market.
I can't put into words the smell and colours of the vegetables and fruits.
I remember being in a Tescos in London, I was shocked that the carrots were all exactly the same size, exactly the same angle of cone, a strange carrot colour and wrapped in plastic.
These markets excite all your senses
Home made cottage cheeses, every species of European fruit and veg plus a few more, meats and a whole lot more.
I never buy vegetables at the super markets here, even the fresh food is imported and doesn't taste.
And the smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of the "Piekarnie" (bakeries) hhhmmm.
Also learn a bit of Polish and have the craic with the babcie (grannies). They should be running the country ;)
So if you want to see something a bit more down to earth and you feel like cooking up some fresh food go take a look.
And by the way the food is inexpensive.