A Polish village and Auschwitz

Trip Start Jun 03, 2014
Trip End Jun 25, 2014

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Flag of Poland  , Lesser Poland Voivodeship,
Thursday, June 12, 2014

After driving down the mountains and another hour or so, we crossed the border into Poland. Poland is much flatter with small farms, cows, sheep, and villages. Late morning we stopped in Pszczyna, a small town, where we could get zloty from Bankomats (ATM's) or Kantors (money exchanges). We had an hour to walk down the shopping street, walk around, check out the neo-art nuevo Castle of Prince Hans Heinrich XV Von Hochberg and his wife Daisy. The castle museum was furnished with 19th-century furniture, much wood, much gold, way too many heads of wild animals. The rooms were large and the grounds were beautiful. We all gathered in a local restaurant for an excellent sausage soup and a salad lunch, complete with dessert too, of course.

We had a mid-afternoon tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. The two hour tour was sobering. Although only a part of each is still standing, we could get a sense of how big each had been.

Krakow was another hour's drive. Hotel Francuski is in the Old Town section of the city and we are only a few blocks away from the central Town Square. We had dinner together and then did a short walk through the center of town. The Main Market Square is huge, ringed by shops and churches, full of people and outdoor cafés.
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Sylvia on

I really appreciate your good reporting. It's fun to imagine the places you're seeing, the food you're enjoying, and your photos are so interesting. Thanks for doing it.

fulkss on

Thanks, Sylvia ! Loved Prague and Krakow. Looking forward to Budapest and those baths, too.

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