I went to Mass this morning again over at St. Mary's. After Mass I grabbed a bite to eat on the Market Square and then made my way over to the Vistula River to see about getting a boat ride to Tyniec. Tyniec is the oldest established monastery in Poland, supposedly founded around the turn of the millennium. So its historic importance to Catholicism in Poland is important. I found out unfortunately the boats only run occasionally on Saturday's this time of year and they do not run regularly until May. So I quickly decided to make this trip the old fashioned way, by foot. The lady at the boat dock kind of smirked when I said I was going to walk it. I thought no problem its only like 10 kilometers, no worries here. I love to walk. My first mistake was not taking any water. Today was a warm sunny day, I felt like I was on a forced endless march. I decided to offer it up as penance. So I prayed the Rosary interspersed with the Divine Mercy chaplet all the way to the monastery.
I decided to take the Vistula River basin trail, which was even longer. It took almost 2.5 hours to get there, over 8 miles. I as I wound around the river looking for the monastery it seemed I was never going to get there. Occasionally I would see some old Polish guy or lady and I would just say, "Tyniec?" They would look at me and point down the river nodding with a smile. Onward I went praying. First I saw a monastery up on the hill, I was hopeful, but it happened to be the Camaldese monastery on the other side of the river. Onward I went. I traveled though a couple of towns. The path changed from pavement to a grass covered path. I saw another old guy, I asked, "Tyneic?" He pointed down the river and nodded, onward I went. After close to a nine mile trek I finally saw the monastery on the left on the large rock face. Of course I was then greeted by a steep staircase up the side of the rock face, finally reaching my destination.
|Excited as I left the boat dock along the Vistula|
|On the move along the river.|
|Nothing in sight.|
|The Camaldese Monastery on the other side of the river.|
|I think its to the right.|
|Where did the pavement go? Are we there yet?|
|Ok, Its gotta be close, "Tyniec?"|
|Really? Did I pass it?|
|Oh wait, is it really there, or a mirage?|
|Oh man! Really?|
I was able to get an English tour guide to take me through the monastery who explained the history of it. I had a small snack, some water, went through the gift shops and then after going into the church again, I headed back out. I decided however to get the bus on the way back since it was already past 2PM and I was all penanced out. I got back to Krakow after 3PM so I took a rest back at the hotel before going out to grab some food at the Bierhalle in Old Town. I ended the day with a pint of beer and a potato pancake stuffed with beer goulash, pork and veggies. A fitting end to an adventurous day! Below are pictures that I took at the monastery, enjoy!