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Jan 1, 2019 - A Day Exploring Krakow

Well as New Year revellers, we all failed miserably last night. I was in bed by 9 and the girls finally woke up, had some noodles for dinner and hit the bed. We were woken intermittently by the noise of revellers in the nearby Old Town Square but it was probably the best night sleep we have all had. Later start this morning to do an Old Town walking tour which started at Florians Gate one of the many wall entrances into medieval Krakow. Had a great tour guide this morning and he was quite humorous as well as informative. It will be...

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Dec 31, 2018 - A Day for Reflection at Auschwitz

DAY 4 Urghhh, seems like about day 15 instead of day 4 of this trip. Still a broken night’s sleep by us all. All up and semi organised by 6 with a breakfast of toast and Vegemite (yes, I always take a tube of Vegemite with me) and toast with leftover beans and cheese. Not very exciting but filling for such an early start. Met by our tour bus right on time and one more hotel to pick up people and we were on our way to Osweicm, the Polish name of the town renamed in German by the Nazis to Auschwitz. It was just after daylight when we arrived...

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Dec 30, 2018 - Off to Poland and the Salt Mines For Us

DAY 3 Up at 4am and got ourselves organised and out the door of the hotel to an uber at 5am for a half hour trip to Schonfeld airport and a 7am one hour flight to Krakow in Poland for our next destination. Solid rain and biting wind as we made our way to the terminal. We had chosen Ryanair (yes, the infamous lucky if you get there airline) and were dismayed when we entered the terminal at the massive queue of fellow travellers. However the queue moved at a very impressive pace compared to those at Tullamarine at home and it only took about...

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Apr 13, 2018 - Murder of the Children of Tarnow

Before I can tell you about today, I have to tell you about yesterday. Yesterday was the day of the March of the Living. The event that this entire trip is named for. The big day. I spent the day in bed. About 30 of our group (over 10% of us) came down with either food poisoning or norovirus. We all spent the Big Day moving between bed and bathroom. Our medical team was amazing. I don't think they slept for two days. They propped our hotel room doors open with towels so they could constantly check on us without having to get us out of bed....

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Apr 11, 2018 - Auschwitz and Birkenau

Last night, on the 5 hour ride from Lodz to Krakow, the schedule called for a "reflections" period about 2-3 hours into the ride. The 39 teens on the bus were to be asked if they wanted to share any reflections or feelings about what they had experienced that day. The ride started out very quietly. The kids were definitely reflecting. However . . . slowly . . . teen life began to emerge again from the back of the bus. Chatter, laughter and eventually music played loudly from someone's IPod. Suddenly, they all burst into song and the party...

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Sep 15, 2017 - On to Warsaw, our Last City

Time to say goodbye to Krakow and move on to Warsaw, our last stop. Michael arranged for transportation for us. Gregor brought his two-year old son with him to take us to the train station. So cute but was asleep by the time we got there. Gregor was concerned because it was too early for his afternoon nap. He was very helpful in helping us find the right platform. By knowing the platform, he could drop us off at an escalator that would take us right there vs. coming in the main entrance and trekking through the station. It was an uneventful...

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Sep 14, 2017 - Last Day in Krakow

Our last full day in Krakow! Today our plan is to see Warwel castle and the grounds. We decide to walk the path to the castle through the 'planty' - by the 19th century, Krakow's no-longer-necessary city Wall had fallen into disrepair, so Krakow decided to tear down the walls, fill in the moat and plant trees. The planty encircles the old town and is quite lovely. The castle grounds and the Warwel Cathedral are free except for certain areas of the Cathedral and some museums that we opted to pass on - Rick Steves recommendation 'not worth...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Salt Mine and Jewish Quarter

Today we are going to the Wieliczka Salt Mine that is about 10 miles out of town. We decided to go on our own rather than book a tour so after a stop at the TI to get all the logistical info we would need, we headed out for the bus stop to catch Bus #304. Of course, it was just leaving as we walked up but there was another one. The driver was very friendly, sold us tickets and said we'd be there at 9:58. I was pretty impressed that he knew his schedule that well. So we proceeded to take our seats and the bus driver got off the bus....

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Sep 12, 2017 - Exploring Krakow

Got up a little later than normal as it rained during the night and more rain predicted for today so both of us were a little lazy. Decided to stay close to the apartment and do museums. Had read about 'Collegium Maius' which was built as part of the Krakow Academy (now Jagiellonian University) that has a magnificent arcaded courtyard and a fascinating university collection which is by guided tour only. Arrived in the courtyard just in time to see and hear the 14th century replica clock chime and its cast of characters go through their...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Royal Way Walk

It is a beautiful warm day today so it is back to crop pants and sandals. Krakow also has a Royal Way Walk so we headed off to do this with Rick Steve's guide after stopping at the TI to pick up local maps. There we ran into Chatty Cathy who gave us a fast 15-minute talk on the history of the city. She could have easily done an hour if we didn't manage a graceful exit. First stop was the Babican just outside the Florian Gate, the city's main entryway. Here you paid the tax to get into the city. There was originally a moat and wall around...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Train to Krakow

Today we depart Gdansk for Krakow. We have train tickets (with reserved seats) leaving at 10:55. After packing we decide to have breakfast and do a last walk around the neighborhood before checking out. Having walked by the Balzac Restaurant several times we noticed it was open for breakfast so decided to try it. As we left the apartment we noticed how quiet it was and the only ones out were a few tourists with cameras! Perfect we could take more pictures with few people in them. We sat outside as it was a lovely day and as I sipped my...

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Jun 21, 2017 - Clean your nose with a toothbrush?

A $&@%¥! Early start this morning - breakfast at 6:30 and on the bus at 6:50! Bolting food is not our normal practice. It was a half hr drive to our first tour - the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The day was fine and expected to be warm ( make that hot!) The salt mine has been in operation for over 600 years and is still operating. It is on the UNESCO world heritage register…….For reasons that became obvious later. We were told that the temp was about 10 degrees, so J and C took jackets. I don't need one as I am made of wool! We went down in multi...

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