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... in the distance. We drive a few miles to one of the renowned caves in the area, Demänovska Jaskyña; 'Liberty Cave.' We arrive just before 2 and are hurried in, being told they are about to close. The caves take an hour to explore, with our ageing tour guide speaking in Slovakian monotone throughout. There is a LOT of water in the cave - a waterfall, lakes and even a rushing river, so we are both glad of our hiking boots. As we approach ...
The plan was to take a 6:20 am train from Warsaw to Krakow, a three hour journey, returning around 11:15 pm. Unlike its neighbour to the west, Polish trains don't necessarily run on time! We arrive in Krakow almost an hour behind schedule and return to Warsaw at least half an hour late. We luck out though - this is the weekend in central Europe when daylight saving starts, so the clocks go back an hour!
Krakow once had one of the ...
... up and ate lunch! Funny episode here, we bought what we thought was a carton of chocolate milk but when we opened it up, it was a runny yoghurt with chocolate chips in it!! Drank it anyway & believe it will help the digestive system. PM - Had another look through Cloth Hall, the huge hall with 60 stalls in the middle of the main market square. Lots of amber jewellery on display there, very hard to choose a nice piece. Headed down to the Tourist Info office to ...
... to the beauty of the mines.
From there it was time for me and my giant chess set to head back to the airport and start my journey home. From those first impressions of grey dull buildings my opinion of Krakow had completely changed. It is a city so steeped in history and beauty and was far livelier than I had imagined.
I was pleasantly surprised by Krakow and am glad that I took the time to visit.
Until next time,
... needing to live my life in a manner that would "davka" show the Germans that they hadn’t won.
In Tykocin, we learn how the Gestapo rounded up 1400 Jews on August 25, 1941 and marched them to the Lupochowo forest 5 miles away, killing anyone who failed to keep up. We take the bus along the same route in silence, and we are amazed at the distance they needed to walk, many in their fine shabbos clothes. We get off the bus and, on a beautiful summer morning, we ...