Grandhotel Stary Smokovec
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An 8:20 start this morning with the weather forecast not looking too good.
We wound our way through the city to the outskirts with the sun shining and Saturday morning traffic not too heavy. We had 350km to cover today to our destination of Stary Smikovec, Slovakia.
Before we set off Thomas one of the Americans …
We set of at 9:20am on a very cold and wet morning. The forecast was for a maximum of 13 degrees C. Sunday morning traffic leaving. Stary Smokovec was moderately heavy and the group was split several times. The term "Sunday driver" was very apt for this part of the world as we came across several drivers just dawdling along and …
... 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 ...