Did you know that CNN publishes every year a top of the best cities in the World? Well guess who made it into the list this year? No, it's not the capital Warsaw, nor the colorful Wroclaw, or the 3-Cities-Of-The-Sea (Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot), but the seat of the old kings: Krakow! The ranking was determined by Travel+Leisure 2015's World Best Awards. In order to make it on the list, cities had to take care of their cultural heritage, to be active in revitalising less popular neighbourhoods and to have a distinctive character.
Kraków debuted on the list occupying spot number 7 - leaving behind cities like Barcelona, Cape Town and Jerusalem. The crown of the list was Kyoto, Japan. For more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan, and vestiges of this royal history remain in sites such as the Kyoto Gosho palace. But leaving the winner aside, as I do not live in Kyoto, I shall tell you what CNN wrote about lovely #7 - Krakow.
|Krakow Rynek Glowny|
"Poland's second city has been experiencing a quiet cultural revolution, and it's finally getting the attention it deserves.
This World's Best debut, known for Gothic fortifications and a laid-back, blase attitude, has enchanted travelers and overcome even stalwart favorites like Istanbul and New York.
Perhaps it's the marvels of the Old City, like Rynek Glowny -- the largest Medieval square in Europe -- and the Royal Castle of Wawel that have captivated intrepid travelers seeking something unfamiliar out of their explorations abroad.
In the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, where synagogues that survived WWII still stand, there's a notably bohemian vibe taking hold in new hip spots like Bar Propaganda, appropriately outfitted with a bust of Lenin.
Some, however, will tell you it's the mystic chakhra stone of Wawel Hill that has bewitched the world." (source)
How can one not be proud of living in a city like that? I am a long deep-hearted fan of CNN & BBC - British to the bone! - and I was extremely proud when I read the article and when I found Krakow to be on the list, for the very first time. This city deserves being called as one of the best cities in the World, as it constantly strives to create cultural revolution. For me, Krakow will always be the beating heart of Poland - its soul and its conscience as well! :)
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Celebrates Krakow Entering CNNs Top Best Cities Of The World List @ Magnificent Number 7 (popping up the champagne!)