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Day 3 in Krakow Off plus Camera they sent us to the salt mines...and gave us some brillant masterclasses.
Master Class with Rose McGowan
She likes fast cars, classic films of the 1940's, wears high heels despite an injured ankle. She became an actress by chance. The charming Rose McGowan talked about the beginnings of her career, work with Tarantino and Rodriguez and her passion for action movies.
She never wanted to be an actress. She moved to Los Angeles from rainy Seattle, lived with her boyfriend and wanted to start college. At that moment, her boyfriend died. Totally devastated, she lived at her friends' place and A friend of a friend offered her first film acting role. She refused, but when she realised that thanks to the film she could make money and buy herself a flat, she changed her mind. Rose McGowan is very closely tied to her siblings. She talked proudly of what they do now and how great and adventurous their childhood was. 'we would go to the police station, tell that we escaped from home and come from a different town. They would give us money for a bus and we were going to the town we never before visited. Thus we saw many places." Her childhood not always was this carefree. At the age of 14 she worked at a funeral home, and a year later she lost the roof above her head. The actress also talked about the work with Rodriguez and Tarantino. These are two very different personalities. Rodriguez is very calm, peaceful and focused. Tarantino is like a volcano - said the actress mimicking his style of speaking. When asked about plans for the future, she said she dreams of going back to Italy. "I have an American mind, but an Italian heart, and I can only rest there. " Charming, beautiful and witty, Rose McGowan enchanted the audience and made the public at the conference room at the Festival Centre in Pod Baranami palace laugh. She remains in Kraków until Sunday, but likes the town very much and would like to spend some more time. Recently there was a lot of rain (the actress does not like the rain), but today there was a bit of sunshine. "during the making of a film, we call these 'magic hours' - she said, when the delicate, subtle light touches upon the roofs of buildings.
The Salt Mine of Wieliczka (20 minutes OFF Krakow
One traveled Frenchman observed in the 18th century that Krakow's Wieliczka salt mine was no less magnificent than the Egyptian pyramids. Millions of visitors, the crowned heads and such celebrities as Goethe and Sarah Bemhardt among them, have appeared to share his enthusiasm when exploring the subterranean world of labyrinthine passages, giant caverns, underground lakes and chapels with sculptures in the crystalline salt and rich ornamentation carved in the salt rock. They have also marveled at the ingenuity of the ancient mining equipment in the Wieliczka salt mine. And the unique acoustics of the place have made hearing music here an exceptional experience.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, nowadays practically on the southeast outskirts of Krakow, has been worked for 900 years. It used to be one of the world's biggest and most profitable industrial establishments when common salt was commercially a medieval equivalent of today's oil. Always a magnet, since the mid-18th century Krakow's Wieliczka salt mine has become increasingly a tourist attraction in the first place. Today visitors walk underground for about 2,000 m in the oldest part of the salt mine and see its subterranean museum, which takes three hours or so.
Nine centuries of mining in Wieliczka produced a total of some 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size. The tourist route starts 64 m deep, includes twenty chambers, and ends 135 m below the earth surface, where the world's biggest museum of mining is located with the unique centuries-old equipment among its exhibits.
Occasionally concerts and other events take place in the Wieliczka mine's biggest chambers.
There is a sanatorium for those suffering from asthma and allergy situated 135 meters deep underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
UNESCO has entered the Wieliczka Salt Mine in its World Heritage Register.
Chapel of Saint Kinga,
the largest among underground chapels
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