Krakow is a beautiful, hidden treasure, an eastern european jewel, and it is the city of Nikki's ancestors. We had the great privilege of visiting Krakow for the second time at the end of September for a European Pastor's Conference with GCM. It was the first time in four years that we have been childless. The Lord provided a nanny for us miracuously at the last minute and we were able to enjoy six days of wedded bliss, plus a few long meetings in between.
By far, our best day was a trip into Krakow and to the Salt Mines. These salt mines are some of the largest in the world. Only a few short years ago they stopped mining and opened the mines for tourism only. But up until that point the mines had been in operation for more than 600 years. Here are a few photos of our tour. They are not the best photos, as the mines are quite dark. The most incredible part of the salt mines was the cathedral carved out of the salt completely within the earth. Even the chandeliers were made from salt! The sculptures were all carved out of salt, an incredible demonstration of God given talent to men.
This is the group of friends and fellow GCM missionaries that we visited the salt mines with.
After visiting the salt mines, we went into the city of Krakow to enjoy an afternoon and evening together, just the two of us. We enjoyed the beautiful architecture, the search for precious amber jewlery and an amazing dinner of polish dumplings and soup. Enjoy our pictures of the amazing sights of Krakow. We would highly recommend a visit to this city to anyone visiting Eastern Europe. (Mom, the architecture photos are for you!!!)