Weekend in Krakow - Exploring Podgórze

On our final day in Krakow, we fortified ourselves with a big breakfast at Hotel Columbus.  I had ham on a kaiser roll and cake with spiced cherry jam.
The sun was shining full-on as we made our way past this elongated church to the river.  
A hot air balloon stood on the opposite bank.
We walked along the footpath with the river on one side and a fine stone wall on the other.  The leaves on the trees were just starting to change.
We crossed the river via a pedestrian bridge and I started to notice the locks plied to the structure.
They increased in number as we walked to the center of the bridge.
The quality varied considerably but each had the name of a particular couple pledging their love and devotion.
Some were actually formally engraved while others were simply done up with a Sharpie marker.
We could spot the tethered hot air balloon in the distance.
We emerged on the other side of the river into Podgórze.  We spotted this mural which simultaneously seemed to be a bull horn and a liberty bell.  Freedom of speech sets you free?  That's my interpretation.
We passed more stylized lights marking houses on this residential strip.
We emerged onto Plac Bohaterów Getta Square which commemorates the Jews of Krakow.  Now numbering less than 1000, there were 60000 Jews living in Krakow at the start of World War II.
Continuing on, we passed an odd mural of some kind of fish man.
We passed under a concrete tunnel bathed in light from above.
We arrived at Schindler's Factory which opened recently as a museum.  Again, we witnessed personal stories of those that suffered at the hands of the Nazis in World War II.  Schindler's efforts to protect his Jewish workers from the Nazis was a small note of bravery during a very difficult time.  The story is even more remarkable because Schindler was German.
After our tour, we wanted to lighten our mood and stopped at cukiernia Józef Wilk for a piece of cake.
We took it to go and ate it in a glorious urban park sitting in the shadow of a very large and imposing church.
Pigeons sped by in a pack at dizzying speeds before landing on top of a florist kiosk at the head of the square.
Rested and fed, we set our sights on Wawel Hill.

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