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... up to the castle and took a very good audio tour of the Royal Cathedral, crypt and museum. We walked next to the tomb of the late President of Poland and his wife, who died along with many other dignitaries in the plane crash in 2010. Remains of the famous composer Chopin was also there. While there was much memorializing Pope John Paul II, he was not buried here. We did see his chair though. We are having a fancy dinner tonight in the ...
... blinkers on for!!
We decided we should head into the Old Town Square of Krakow (Sukiennice) as we have still not seen it properly so we walked down and it was extremely warm and very very humid as it has been every day so far.
We had a cool drink in the Square and went to the Underground Museum, not too sure of the proper name of it but it is where they show the Old City which is now underneath what exists today.
When we came out of there we were gobsmacked to ...
... We learnt about the Germanisation of everyday life from education, to culture and even shopping. Inevitably, there was a lot about restrictions and regulations, terror, punishment and executions. We saw life under Nazi rule through documents and artefacts and photos and film and quotations and tons of captions. "We walk around in a daze, still unable to admit to ourselves that this is the beginning of a catastrophe we have not seen in our history,"
The reality ...
... I can check out all of Krakow, and a few things outside of the city.
I went out for dinner tonight and found the Hard Rock Cafe of Krakow. Of course, I couldn't avoid this one, so I went in and had another great meal courtesy of HRC. I had a quick walk around the main square in the old town and then came back to the hostel. I'm going on a walking tour of the city tomorrow morning, so I'll get to see a lot more of it then, but I like the look of this city so far.
... and one building with a gas chamber and crematorium. The old brick bunkers they had made into a sort of museum with large pictures of areal views of the camps, pictures that nazi guards had taken, proud of the efficiency of their work. There were pictures of hundreds of Jews being sorted, men on one side, women and children on the other. There was a picture of the 'doctor', sorting the healthy from the people unfit for work; jews that were sent to the left were to ...