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Travel not to escape life but for life not to escape you

If you are visiting the wonderful town of Krakow in Poland, you should also visit the historic Jewish quarter, called Kazimierz. The area was destroyed during World War II and in the communist era gradually fell into disrepair. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of communism and worldwide exposure, as the place where the movie Shiedler’s List was filmed, Kazimierz has become a lively neighbourhood packed with historical sites, cafes and art galleries. In the heart of Kazimierz, at Plac Nowy, you will see an historic round building called Okraglak. The stalls here sell a Krakowian street food known as zapiekanka (plural zapiekanki).

Zapiekanka, also known as Polish pizza, is a baked open-face sandwich made of sliced bread. Zapiekanka first appeared in the streets of Polish towns in the 1970s. It was during that period that the communist authorities allowed a degree of private ownership in the food industry. This limited freedom led to the creation of small family-owned foodservice establishments, known in Polish as mała gastronomia (small gastronomy). They usually took the form of stands, travel trailers and food trucks serving zapiekanka along with simple dishes of Polish cuisine and American fast food favourites, like hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries.

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