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Blaaaaaaah

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I have no idea...

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The apostles are more visible by day, but less romantic

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Yup, we came back (with the tour). I'm glad we got to see it on our own first, though.

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Pit stop in Slovakia for lunch, on our way to Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

Stircrazy from sitting in a bus all day. And yet, inexplicably exhausted. I flop about and laugh at nothing. Poke at my enlargening stomach. My eyes are filled to the brim with old buildings. I can't take anything seriously anymore. Especially churches.

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Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mine

The following are pictures from our visit to the concentration camp Auschwitz. For the most part, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Model replica of the inside of a crematorium (they are no longer standing)

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A prisoner

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And now we are out of Auschwitz. We eat lunch and are shuttled off to tour a basilica.

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Old elevator down to the Wieliczka Salt Mine

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I hope that's not some kind of warning sign

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Carved in salt!

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Yup, it tasted salty

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Salt stalactites

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And we go deeper into the salt mine...

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...where the dwarves work

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Yes, this incredible ballroom is all carved into the salt!

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It took years and years for the artisan to carve all these statues and bas-reliefs

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All religious-themed, of course

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Pretty amazing

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Krakow at Night

Krakow, Poland

At first we were dazzled by the luxury of Europe. It seemed our bodies might have a fighting chance here. And then we quickly got used to it all.

No, I'm not used to it one bit. Three hundred dollar hotel rooms? I still spread my legs on the bedspread and marvel at the white, unstained sheets. Carpet! I don't even like carpet, but I like the sound of my bare feet padding around the room, so tripsy and carefree. We don't skip meals anymore but eat too much and feel hopelessly guilty (or I do, at least), a sort of false misery.

We sleep less.

I think at first Chris was a little determined not to like Krakow overly much, out of loyalty to Warsaw, but by the end of the night he was nearly as effusive as I was. It's not true what I used to think--that a city is a city is a city. Not here, at least. Truly "Old World."

But that's it for now. To bed. Maybe tomorrow I'll scrape together enough time to write some more.

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On the walls of the Jasna Gora Monastery

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The monastery chapel, which is the sanctuary of the Black Madonna

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Our fast-speaking tour guide at Schindler's Factory

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Some of the factory's goods

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Wawel Royal Castle at sunset

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A caped wanderer spotted in old town Krakow

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I can't stop laughing whenever I see this picture

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Too short

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All empty, except for us

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"I beseech you...!"

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We leave the castle

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Ah, a bookstore

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Dusk descends

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The apostles in dramatic lighting

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Can't resist ice cream

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Beautiful old town

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Wawel Royal Castle at night

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The Tour Begins

And now for a completely different kind of travel: private tour with family.

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Statue of Chopin in Łazienki Park. Before this trip, I didn't even know he was from Poland!

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Some important building in Łazienki Park

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The stunning inside the as-yet unopened Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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Outside the museum

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And now we venture into Old Town Warsaw

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Much of this is reconstruction because the Germans almost completely destroyed Warsaw during World War II as a punishment for the Warsaw Uprising

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Maybe some aspects have a kitschy Disneyland feel to them. Cousin Terence, good sport, played along.

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And of course the Polish are known for their churches

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Artwork for sale! Come, tourists, come.

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For some reason this square reminded me of Plaza Santo Domino in Cartagena, the one with the recumbent Bolero statue

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All I want is dessert

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Fun with fountains

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Fun with doors

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Fun with ice cream

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Fun gay pride parading

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Warsaw Uprising

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Doner/kebab - sooooo delicious

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It's been a while since we've been to a museum. Exhibits sure are different these days. (Warsaw Uprising Museum)

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Sad. I've forgotten what these are supposed to represent.

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A real plane (I think) that dropped supplies to the uprising.

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You can see the Warsaw Uprising symbol on the door in the background.

Posted by chschen 05:16 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

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