Grandhotel Stary Smokovec
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... behind our hotel that we would be tackling in the morning.
The path behind the place we were staying lead us up a gently sloping hill to the base of the mountain where we were greeted by close to a 100 people about to embark on the same journey and were waiting in line to purchase tickets to take the cable car to the top of Lomnicky Stit, which according to Wikipedia is one of the steepest in Europe. The first of the two rides was ...
... is pretty much up, up, up and then down, down, down. There is not much else to it. This makes for an awe inspiring climb, which can only be matched by spectacular views … oh wait … no there weren’t any. Thick fog rolled in overnight and was suspended midair for the majority of our visit so regardless of how high we climbed the view did not change.
The final 100m was perhaps the most daunting, having trekked the steep path for 3 hours we found ...
... bus. This camp was built by the prisoners. The earlier buildings were constructed in brick and the later ones in wood as wood was cheaper and quicker to build. This camp was much bigger. They also built larger gas chambers and crematoriums here but these were destroyed by the Germans before they left.
After leaving Auschwitz we traveled back to Krakow to visit Schindler's Factory, part of which is now ...
... on a path made of big rocks. The view was amazing and the water was so clear and fresh. We even filled up our waterbottle on the hike up using run off from the mountains. Then we got the horse and carriage on the way back down the mountain. Then we got the bus to Zakopane and then to Kraków ...
... br> After picking a few berries from the garden for evening snack, I struggle to stay awake to check out the star laden sky. With little light pollution here the stars are extremely vivid according to the owner and I would like to see it for myself. Unfortunately I can't keep my eyes open for the nearly midnight sunset and I put myself to bed before the mosquitoes can suck me dry.