Hotel Diament Plaza Katowice
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... a giant tent was erected for the commemoration, symbolically right over the railroad tracks used to bring prisoners into the death camp, and the event was held in a kind of idealized version of the camps themselves. The bitterness of the day—although mild by the standards of Southern Poland in the dead of winter—makes it even more unfathomable that anyone survived the weather alone wearing just muddy clogs and striped woolen pajamas. ...
... pork rolls, salads, rice, roast chipped potatoes, thinly sliced smoked beef. Not only that, Justyna and Anna had made a few other things including borscht and pirogi (beetroot soup and meat dumplings), and just when we thought we’d finished Anna served that up with sliced bread. AND there was a cake as well as an enormous cheeseboard with grapes.
I should also say that the happy ...
... them a good round of applause. Then we went to the 19th floor 'Sky Bar' which overlooks the city, beautiful views at night. Andy’s friend is the manager, we’d met him both times we’ve been in Katowice so it was good to see him again. We had cocktails, admired the views, chatted, and ended up staying until 1am so it was well past bedtime when we got home.
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... me that this is a huge part of history and it would not hurt to be confronted with the history.
So organised a private tour which was a lot easier with the five of us all in one car and one driver and set off on the 50km drive from Krakow to Auschwitz. There we were added to another group and handed over to a guide. I was under the impression that we were having a private tour but never mind. There were as usual a lot ...
... century, and the second one was destroyed by fire in 1305. The castle has been invaded, occupied, fire-damaged, rebuilt, and was finally designated a museum after WW2 and a lot of restoration has taken place. It has a magnificent Renaissance central courtyard and a tour (which we did in 2007) goes through beautifully simple Renaissance-style rooms which contrast with really 'busy’ Baroque rooms.
The cathedral was very busy with a ...