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Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kalwaria Zebrzydowska June 10th 2015

This was really great and very wet day. All the pilgrims suffered both from the hot sun or tough raining. But finally they succeed to get from Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki, to destination point – Sanctuary of Our Lady in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. The overall distance to go was 31 km, which is around 19 miles. url=http://www.travel-to-poland-blog.com/2015/06/poland-pilgrimage-from-divine-mercy-to-our-lady-sanctuary-Kalwaria-Zebrzydowska.htmlSee the full story here>>... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków June 9th 2015

Serious stress, a change of plans then recovery, somewhat. And that sums up our departure from the a city we knew very little of before visiting but which we quickly fell in love with - Krakow. Paris has grandeur, Barcelona beauty and Rome is unique but Krakow is a gem of a place, at least in our minds. But back to the stress. Based on past experience with some train systems, especially in Italy, we made absolutely sure that on this occasion we left nothing to chance. All of our train tickets had already been purchased through our travel agent once we had settled our plans with the exception of the Krakow to Warsaw route. Jeanette did this deliberately to allow for some flexibility as she was considering a possible visit to Czestochowa, a small city ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków June 8th 2015

It is impossible to adequately put into words the experience of a visit to the Nazi extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau here in southern Poland. We should all know the history, have read the books, seen film and accounts and are disgusted by the crimes that were perpetuated against the Jews in particular and others, but unless one visits this place it may remain just another page of history and nothing more. That must never happen! It was not just murder on an unimaginable scale but the ultimate in evil - unjustified assumption of superiority and hatred of one ethnic group over others executed in the most systematically horrific manner which sought not only to eliminate but to debase the Jews in particular as somehow even a sub animal species. It is simplistic to blame ... read more
The kitchen at Auschwitz
Each building was called a block
This says it all.

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków June 8th 2015

On this our final full day in Krakow the tour bus picked us up as planned and we headed out to the famed Wieliczka Salt Mine of southern Poland. As if living in a Jules Verne novel, our group started it's descent on a spiral staircase to our first stop on our way to a depth of 135 meters beneath the earth's surface. Incredibly this mine reaches a depth of 327 meters (1,073 feet) and is more than 287 kilometers long, producing salt since the 13th century until 2007. It's rock salt is a polished grey, almost like marble and not the crystal white substance that one would expect. The deeper we went the more magnificent it became, housing some 4 chapels built by the miners for prayer and protection including a huge cathedral complete with ... read more
Look at the wood support.
Surprising lake of brine deep down.
Gee touches the marks from  excavating tools.

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków June 7th 2015

If I say so myself, we managed the jet lag superbly, sleeping like babies to get up Saturday morning to bright sunshine, a simple breakfast and an exploratory stroll back into the old town. By 10 a.m. people had already began to converge on the the main square in this city of 800,000. Unlike the capital city of Warsaw, it was unscathed by the bombing of World War 11. Beautiful architecture abounded. Sitting outdoors at Castor Coffee Club having capucinno and pretzelswas a cool way to begin the day as the sweet sound of a trumpet filled the air from above us. As a tradition, a beautiful melody was played from the top of the nearby St. Mary's church steeple, four times every hour as if the king of ancient times was still around to hear ... read more
A side street near the main square
Typical European outdoor restaurants lined the streets.
Finding something new on each corner.

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków April 29th 2015

Our flight was at 6am from Edinburgh. That meant getting up at 2.30am. There was no way I was staying up all night, plus we wanted to be able to explore when we arrived as we would arrive at about 10am, so we had the full day. We arrived in Edinburgh, parked the car and off we went. The flight went without a hitch and actually arrived early. Our transfer was waiting for us and our very chatty driver told us a bit about what to see and do and that he had just learned in his English class the day before what a Glasgow Kiss was. We checked in and were happy to hear that our apartment was available to us and we did not have to wait until 2pm. The apartment was really good. ... read more
Polish Fare
Schindler Factory
Schindler Factory

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków April 16th 2015

Just after alpine skiing downhill I decided to have few shallow dives into a cold water of Zakrzówek quarry. url=http://www.travel-to-poland-blog.com/2015/04/freediving-in-poland-krakow-zakrzowek-quarry-scuba.htmlRead more and watch footage>>... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Zawoja April 16th 2015

Late March is a perfect time for last minute skiing downhill in Poland. Weather is great: there is a lot of snow and day lasts longer. See this one and compare with footage taken in winter. Watch here>>... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Zawoja March 15th 2015

There are many great skiing downhill tracks in Poland. Today I would like to present you one of my favorite: This time let’s visit Zawoja, just 65 km driving from Kraków. Read more>>>... read more
Skiing downhill in Poland - Zawoja 02
Skiing downhill in Poland - Zawoja 03
Skiing downhill in Poland - Zawoja 04

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Auschwitz March 6th 2015

Here are the pictures that I took on my visit to Auschwitz. While there, it was a struggle to try and judge what is and what isn't photo appropriate. There are places where pictures are forbidden and any decent human being would respect that wish. These pictures cannot even begin to do justice to what actually happened there and the emotions a person will feel walking those hallowed grounds.... read more
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