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Travel Blogs from Lodz
Saturday July 5
Auschwitz & Krakow ( pronounced as we now realise
*Today’s destination is Krakow. But our via point is
Oswiecim – you may not have heard of this place but it is otherwise known by
its German name ‘ Auschwitz’.
We have previously been to another smaller Concentration Camp in Austria and so had an idea of what ...
... probably better off not to.
We left the restaurant in search of a taxi to get us back to the train station. it was a little scary because we were having a tough time finding one but eventually we did find one and he got us there with plenty of time to spare. I ran out of Polish Zlota perfectly without having a bunch left over to convert. We paid to use the restroom since it was unknown how bad the ones would be on the train... made it on ...
... day, cloudy, but with some sun. I wore a dress because that's all I see women wearing, so I wanted to be a little fashionable today. First lesson, make sure what you will be doing for the day or better yet, pack a pair of shorts and a shirt in the book bag. We ended up renting bikes for the day and I didn't think twice about my dress because I was so excited about bikes! I have been really into bike riding and I think it is a great form of transportation. ...
It was one of those late mornings again but we got going on a quest to find the Jewish ghetto.
In the war Jewish people were only allowed to be in one area of a city that was guarded by the Nazis.
We had real trouble finding our way but had fun doing it. Some of the roads had been dug up so we found ourselves driving through a road works site. It was all quite exciting. We only got hooted at ...
... dark tunnel situated behind the train. On first inspection it is pitch black, but as you venture inside lights come on to illuminate the chronology of the Lodz ghetto, along with many, many pages of precise records detailing the individuals who were sent away. The effect is mesmerising. Indeed, the entire memorial was pitched perfectly, with utmost relevance, great dignity, enormous wisdom and a cumulative impact that is impossible to forget.
After such a powerful experience, ...