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Travel Blogs from Krakow
My plan had been to wake up at 9am and take the free walking tour around the city at 10:30am. I did not wake up at 9am. I found myself stark awake at just about 10:30am. Really the only 2 things I wanted to tour in Krakow were the city and Jewish district (about one full day with walking tours) and the Auschwits-Birkenau death camps (also one full day). I decided to take the Auschwitz-Birkenau tour at 12:30pm, so I had some time to shower and ...
... finding out the famous Wieliczka salt mine was open intill 7.30pm, we drove just out of town to check it out. An underground city with 9 levels at 64 to 327 metres below ground surface, a labyrinth with almost 2400 chambers. Connected by corridors measuring a total length of 245 kilometres (155 miles), it really was magnificent. Inside filled with collection of machines, lakes, chapels, a church, ball rooms not to mention the huge open spaces where they kept ...
... this building into a museum. We toured the museum, which is very well done. It starts off showing images of life prior to the War, takes the visitor through the War and tells the story of Schindler and the people that he saved, and ends with the Soviet occupation of Poland. Again – it was a very worthwhile visit.
Tonight we will eat dinner in a restaurant in the Jewish Quarter which features Klezmer (traditional Jewish) ...
... that the 'light snack’ we had ordered was actually two platefuls of piled-up food. This puts paid to us having anything ‘more substantial’ later on – a theme that will recur again in this trip. The sun sets over Cloth Hall; the bugler makes his hourly call at St Mary’s and the Fletches toast their arrival in Krakow.
We could sit here all evening, but we decide to head back to home base, layer ...
... experimented on 600 Russian POWs and 250 Polish inmates by gathering them in the basement of Block 11 and gassing them with Zyklon B, a highly lethal cyanide-based pesticide. This paved the way for the use of Zyklon B as an instrument for extermination at Auschwitz, and a gas chamber and crematorium were constructed by converting a bunker.
Construction on Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the extermination camp, began in October 1941 to ease ...
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