“THERE’S NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN IMMERSING MYSELF IN NEW CULTURES AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH LITTLE CORNERS OF THE WORLD”

There’s nothing I love more than exploring new places, immersing myself in another culture and falling in love with little corners of the world. Last week The Blogger Programme whisked us off for a jam packed, long, weekend in Krakow, Poland and I left with a hunger to return soon. The food, the people, the architecture, the history and the atmosphere makes for the most amazing break away and for once, although we had a super busy few days; I felt relaxed, refreshed and like I really had time to step back and enjoy the city for all it’s worth.

I was blown away by how romantic and charismatic Krakow is; if you’ve ever been to Paris I personally feel like it’s a really similar vibe, but much more slow paced and easy going. It truly did steal my heart and I felt really peaceful and happy there. I’m already planning to return ASAP – it seems like a really affordable destination and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it! The vlog will be over on my Youtube, but for now, here’s my little Weekend in Krakow and a travel diary of my time in this beautiful city.

WHERE WE STAYED

We stayed at the Sheraton Grand hotel in Krakow, right opposite Wawel Castle and the river which made for beautiful views outside your bedroom window! We arrived in style by Wizz Air (who operate daily flights from Luton to Katowice with fares starting from £22.99 ( I KNOW!) and were then taken to our hotel by Krakow Excursions & Transtour (hello wifi on the bus 😉 ) The Hotel is just a 15 minute walk into the centre of the city so the location was perfect! The Lobby is a huge, open space with a glass roof flooding the whole room with light and has a very grand feel! Outside the bedroom doors is a balcony overlooking the whole lobby and restaurant, as well as a club lounge for afternoon refreshments which was really well needed after a day of travelling! The rooms were beautiful and the hotel make sure to really pay attention to the smallest details which is always really appreciated and makes for special memories of a trip!

On our beds were some goodies from The Blogger Programme (I always get excited like a 5 year old at Christmas when it comes to things like this!) The softest, most luxe Figleaves PJs, my fave XLASH eyelash serum (which was featured in my travel beauty essentials video!) as well as some wonderful makeup from Urban Decay and a dainty little purse from MyWalit! All of the staff could never do enough for you and little touches like fruit, chocolate and a little bottle of vodka to take home really made it such a memorable place to stay!

WHAT WE DID

Krakow and Poland is dowsed in culture and we stayed right next to Wawel Castle (a total must see in Krakow it makes for the most incredible picture backdrops!) There’s loads of excursions available and a particular favourite of mine was the Segway experience, organised by Tell me Travels, it was the most incredible way to see the city, especially at night time! The town is beautifully lit up when the sun goes down and street musicians line every corner with violins and saxophones. There really is the most incredible atmosphere in Krakow which is primarily why I fell in love with it so much! Emma also took us to the most amazing Vodka shop that all the locals frequent (for someone who isn’t keen on vodka – the chocolate cream was actually incredible!)

Evenings were spent wandering around, getting fresh pretzels and donuts and popping into all the local, little shops! There are also horse and carriages gliding past every 10 minutes which you can hop on for a quick tour and there’s so many historical buildings to see. On Saturday we headed for a tour of Auscwitz, which is something I’ve wanted to do since I missed our schools history trip. It’s hard to put into words and is quite an emotional experience but the tours were really sensitively done and I think it’s good how we’re able to pay our respects and remember those involved. It isn’t for everyone but if you do have any questions, as always you can always pop me an insta message or tweet! 

 

WHAT WE ATE

 

If you’ve read my post all about discovering the luxe side of Benidorm know I love experiencing the cuisine when I travel – it’s the best way to get to know where you are and throw yourself in! For our last dinner we went right into the centre of the old town at Boccanera – a beautiful italian with the most amazing decor and music! The thing I love about the City so much is that there’s an amazing buzz that fills the streets and every corner you turn down is adorned with the coolest bars, restaurants and cafes. I definitely want to head back for a long weekend to really work my way around all the spots!

I didn’t totally know what to expect from Polish cuisine – it’s not something you find much of in British cuisine apart from if you pop into a nearby Polish shop so I was quite wary at first with how well they would cater for veggies (some countries can be better than others, understandably depending on culture, etc!) I was blown away by how incredible the food was and how many options there were! Fresh, wholesome, healthy and delicious! (We also tried the most incredible cheese that I’m determined to find in the UK!) The breakfast at the Sheraton had everything you could possibly want from cheeses, carrot juice, coconut lattes and even to olives, waffles or probiotic drinks! We also celebrated our first night with a spread of the best Polish cuisine at the Sheraton, finished off with a little Aperol Spritz!

 

WHAT I WORE

 

The temperatures were beautiful at this time of year in Poland – crisp, refreshing, cold (but not too much!) and just chilly enough to get you excited for the full swing of winter! Fluffy coats, scarves, boots and knitwear were my best friends and perfect for the climates. It can get super cold in Poland (-30 I’m told!) so make sure you check the temperatures around the time you’re looking to go! Primark were absolutely incredible and really kindly sponsored the trip so off we all went to our locals stores to amass piles of cosy goodness ready for our take off!

I actually filmed a ‘come shopping with me’ and a big, old Primark haul for my channel so make sure you’re subscribed to catch them! I was so impressed with the things I managed to pick up (this aviator jacket is so well made!) and love the pop of pink with my knitted hat and scarf! I also cannot recommend enough grabbing yourselves a teddy bear coat – SO COSY (the next best thing after PJS!) The architecture in Krakow really makes for some incredible outfit shots so it’s always worth a quick google at where your staying if you’re thinking of snapping some pictures for the ‘gram!

 

SHOP MY KRAKOW WARDROBE!

 

I hope you loved my little travel diary of my time in the beautiful Krakow – I honestly cannot recommend this city enough for a cultural, relaxed and affordable escape! You can catch the vlog over on my channel loves so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Big thanks to my babes Emma & Jamie for helping take some killer snaps! 

MASSIVE thank you again to The Blogger Programme for whisking us away on this beautiful trip, to Wizz air and The Sheraton Grand krakow for looking after us so well and Tell Me Travels for the best activities! Also a big thanks to all of the brands involved also for making it extra special Primark, My Walit, XLASH, Figleaves, Urban Decay, Maria Nila! This post was not sponsored but made in collaboration with the lovely trip and it’s sponsors.

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