This is an amazing place to visit. It's hard to believe everything here was hand carved into the salt by the miners who worked here.
Most famous for the "Black Madonna" at the Jasna Gora monastary. We happened to be there at the time of the annual pilgrimage in early August.
Zakopane is a well-known ski resort in Tatras Mountains on the southern border of Poland / northern boarder of Slovakia. The mountain views are equally beautiful in summer! Be sure to try some of the local smoked cheese (oscypek). It's not only delicious, but beautiful as it is made in hand-carved wooden molds. My personal favorite spot in Zakopane was the Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa, an absolutely gorgeous wooden church.
This is one of the cutest, most charming little towns I have ever seen. It is way off the beaten track from Krakow, but worth the trip. It is known for a local custom of painting the cottages with decorative motifs. According to Wikipedia: This lovely tradition started with more than a century ago, when every single female resident in Zalipie begun to paint her home with floral motives, as she wanted to cover up some particular faults. And since the women didn’t have professionally made equipment, they manufactured the brushes themselves, using hair from the tails of their cows. As or the paint itself, women used fat from the dumplings they made. Very important is that each year, all the women had to repaint their charming drawings. And they did so, after the Feast of Corpus Christi, when they weren’t so busy with their farm work.