A hard look at the past..

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 19, 2009

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Our visit to Poland didn't get the best of starts. True the train was very comfortable and we managed to store of bags easily ready for our hotel search. But of the other hand we arrived pretty early morning and nothing seems to open in Krakow until 9am. Secondly (and by this time not suprisingly) my bank card didn't like the ATM in the startion so we had no money. And last but by no means least my visit to the Tourist Information booth to abtain a city map resulted in just a stare back from the girl behind the counter......then when I tried to act out a map mame (not easy to do) see told me to speak Polish.....I then tried to explain that she was tourist information but this just resulted in a sly smerk.....WELCOME TO POLAND!!!!

Anyway not to be detered we ventured off to get breakfast and find accomidation. I lot of people have told me how nice Krakow is and the arcticathure is truely amazing. Even on this cold, wet morning the square was absolutly wonderful. The only trouble is that we still had an hour before the resturants opened and the place would look a whole lot better with something hot in our stomachs.

We tralled the streets looking for food and accomidation and actually saw a lot of this old walled city just in this pursuit. We eventally found a place to stay that but the hotel staff didn't seem over enthisiastic. The place looked like it was still being built and we were the only people staying there. To be honest we scored well as the unit had a little kitchen as well.

Still back to the city. It really is beautiful and we spent the first day taking in the sights and wondering around the old streets.

The next day we took a trip out to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. We really didn't know how this we going to affect us. Travelling around the former Yugoslavia and seeing the towns still devistrated by the war plus the hugh cematries really hit home and we knew this was going to be another hard day.

We first walked though the gates of Auschwitz camp.
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