When I was there, I remember being absolutely terrified to go to a restaurant because I had no idea what to order. Polish is so different from English or French I had no idea. And no one spoke English... I ended up going to a Kentucky Fried Chicken place (gulp) in a food court where I could at least point to what I wanted.
In a situation like that, I'd want to try Google Translate with the speech option.
ETA: I've just tried it now, translating from French into English. You bring up Google Translate, press the microphone, speak into the mobile and then press the speaker. Both French into English and English into French. Pat was watching me and said that it was impressive. "What is more impressive," I said, "was that I was speaking into my mobile in French and it understood me!"
Do you know, it didn’t even occur to me to look Genie up - wish I had But then we are on quite a tight schedule. Off to the salt mines today. We are not doing Schindler’s factory or the Auschwitz tour - I don’t feel up to those at the moment.
Kraków is beautiful though. It looks like my son is only here till Feb, which is a pity, I hoped he’d stay longer.
We might manage it next time we’re here, if he stays a bit longer. We went to the Jewish Quarter of the city, which is an odd mix of arty and poignant.
Did you go to the square of chairs, Ghetto Heroes Square? Poignant.
I had the best meal of my entire trip in the quaint little Jewish restaurant on a charming small square in the ghetto quarter. Exquisite dumplings. I stayed at the Aleph Hotel, just across the tracks from the quarter. But I could not go to the concentration camp. I don't need to have such inhumanity smeared into my already sensitive psychic wounds. Instead, I went in to the bowels of the salt mines.
You said you were headed there, so, I have to ask....How'd you like it? I found it awesome and I was sore for several days after. That was a lot of tramping and a lot of stairs.
It is my understanding that between the pogroms prior to the war, and the Shoah of the war, and cultural flight afterwards, that the Jewish population of Poland, and thus the Krakow region, is minuscule compared to the past.