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... tallest hill in Krakow 'The Mound' we noticed an abandoned factory and went exploring.
Liban limestone quarry was an eerie place. Three forgotten run down towers standing tall in amongst weeds and an overgrown sanctuary just on the outskirts of the city. While hundreds of people stood 300 meters away taking in the views of the Castle, ...
... lady who was trying to organise things, because she had to go through and repeat all of her instructions again! We figured we'd try and see if she spoke English at all, but fortunately there was a lady in front of us who cleared up that the original train was definately the train that we needed to get to Auschwitz. We confirmed it with the ticket lady ourselves as she wandered through again and we were happy. The trains eventually left around 20 minutes late. Best we could ...
It was the hair that got me.
I tried to escape it, but walking past with speed...only I turned to the children's clothes. The sub-zero temperatures and stories that unfolded during the afternoon combined to leave me numb. Head to toe. Mentally, physically and emotionally drained.
Prior to Auschwitz, people had warned me of the hair and the possessions. I envisioned photos though, little trimmings and a couple of shoes here and ...
... off the center square @ the Orlowska Townhouse Apartments where Paulina showed us to our apartment for the next 5 days. We have lots of room to spread out and lots to see in Krakow. Today we ate at a 24 hour pierogi place and then caught a 2 1/2 hour English speaking walking tour about the Jewish Quarter (the ghetto and Schindler's factory which now has the WWII museum inside of it). It was here that ...
... to weave mats.
You start at Auschwitz and then get bussed to Birkenau.
Entrance is free to Auschwitz but you have to take a guided tour which is charged for.
All up it was well worth going there. Lot's of people. Lots of different tours going on at the same time but you get headsets so you can hear what the guide is saying.
I should also mention it was raining the entire time.