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This picture shows exactly what the title says. Most, but not all, popular tourist attractions in Krakow are focused around two major points: the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill and the Main Market Square. This is the main courtyard within the royal castle. I am not sure whether you know that but Poland was quite a successful kingdom in the past with the capital town most of the time located in Krakow. It is quite recently that one of the kings moved to Warsaw which informally became the capital of Poland, but if asked for the most impressive, most beautiful city in Poland, a city with amazing history and which was not destroyed in the WWII, everybody will point towards Krakow. Locals call it the Capital Royal City of Krakow, emphasizing that officially the capital was never moved to Warsaw, and the move of the capital was meant to be temporary. There is even a popular song in Polish "Please don't move the capital back to Krakow", meaning all the mess should stay in Warsaw, while the soul of the country will forever stay in Krakow.

I remember a discussion I had with my daughter about the kings of the past. I tell her that in the past we had kings but of course now for a while in the modern world we don't have kings but democracies. Then I have to bite my tongue realizing that some countries decided to preserve the upper class, keeping the arrangement in which some people are formally born to be better and deserving more than others. Surprisingly people are happy to pay for this with their taxes. I suppose effectively the inequality is true everywhere but at least in some countries there is a hope for success, something they call in the US an "American Dream".

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