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Jan 5, 2011 - Krakow, Poland

I ended up arriving into Krakow an hour delayed from the original scheduled time which meant that it was past 9pm (04/01/2011) in the evening and the platforms at Krakow Główny were relatively deserted. This made it rather easy to spot Darren waiting for me (apart from his red hair which anyone can pick in a sea of people) with his shopping trolley in tow. We made haste for the local tram and after a small detour around his neighbourhood (Kazimierz) - Krakow's Jewish neighbourhood until the Second World War - we arrived to greet Ina at...

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Jan 4, 2011 - Berlin, Germany > Krakow, Poland - Travel Day

I’m currently writing this entry whilst on the train journey to my next destination with The Sound of Music movie is playing in the background of my laptop (“I have confidence that they’ll put me to the test…”). I departed Berlin Hauptbahnhof this morning at 10:10am (30 minutes past the scheduled departure but I’m slowly getting used to this in wintery Europe as all except one of my trains have been delayed thus far). My train is headed for the Polish border which sees the exit from Germany through Forst and entry through Zary. The next...

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Dec 2, 2010 - Krakow (incl. Auschwitz) (Part III) - Nov 30 - Dec 2

November 30, 2010 Having made the effort to stay in Oświęcim we made the extra effort to be up early to get to Auschwitz for when it opened, too. Having gotten up at 7 and eaten a decent breakfast at the hotel, we headed out about 8 and were glad that it wasn’t snowing like yesterday even though it was bitterly cold. We bought one of the guidebooks there to help us around preferring to spend 4 zloty for that rather than 38 zloty each for a tour. Everyone knows the name Auschwitz and it is one of those places which is synonymous of the...

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Nov 29, 2010 - Krakow (Part II) - Nov 26-29

November 26, 2010 We were heading out on a tour today so we had to be up and out at a reasonable hour. My first night of sleep in the new bed was eventful as with every move my bed made a ridiculously loud creaking noise. It annoyed me and I’m sure it annoyed everyone else but I was at least glad it didn’t fall apart. I know I’ve been eating and drinking a lot of late but I’m not that fat! The tour today was to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. These mines are around 10km outside the city of Krakow and were one of the first inscriptions on the...

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Nov 25, 2010 - Krakow (Part I) - Nov 22 - 25

November 22, 2010 As we woke this morning we were just approaching Lviv, about an hour from the border. We had planned to stop here but had changed plans because of the visa issue. At the Ukrainian border we stopped for about 50 minutes and had no problem getting stamped out and after about half an hour of slowly rolling forward the train stopped and the Polish border guards got in and the train rolled forward again. The guards came in and checked our passports and stamped them straight away, without really looking at them too much. His...

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Sep 9, 2010 - Krakow

We began our visit to Krakow with a walking tour from the castle, past the church Pope John Paul II was at before his was pope and ending at the huge market square. After dinner a few of us walked to McDonalds for hot apple pies... i think we either confused the young guy working there or Polish people don't order apple pies because we had to wait awhile for them to cook the pies. (Of course I bit into it straight away and burnt myself with hot apple!!) On our free day we went to the Salt Mine. The tour took us quite far underground where...

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Aug 5, 2010 - Krakow, Poland

Spent the day in the old town centre of Krakow - a beautiful untouched city. You feel like when you arrive in the city centre you could be in the 16th Century. After a bit of shopping in the local markets, we walked around the old streets and came across Wawel Castle. It had amazing views over the city and was a very interesting place. We then headed back to the town square and had lunch - food and drink is really cheap in Poland so we had a massive feast and just watched the world go by for a few hours. It was great to just relax and do a...

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Aug 4, 2010 - Budapest to Krakow, Poland

We left Budapest early and had a big day on the bus traveling through Slovakia and into Poland. We stopped for lunch at a Slovakian Petrol station and the man would not let us stop so we had to pull up in the middle of no where to eat lunch. People went into the bush to pee and most people including Jen got stung by stinging nettle. Once we arrived in Krakow, Poland we had a nice dinner and then headed into the town square for a few drinks and walk around. It has an amazing town square and a great atmosphere. It was a fun night. Ready for a...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Krakow, Poland

Mom and I managed to sleep till nearly 11. We checked out of the Hotel Stary and took our bags over to the Sheraton. That’s where most of the Orient Express guests were staying. We had some lunch and checked email in the lobby but I’m glad we stayed at the Stary. The only advantage to the Sheraton is its proximity to the castle. We hiked along the river and up Wawel Hill to check it out. We visited the cathedral and Royal Tombs (before we realized you’re supposed to pay). At 2:45 we had tickets to visit the State Rooms of the palace...

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Orient Express

Jul 10, 2010 - Wieliczka, Poland

The attraction I most wanted to see in Poland was the Wieliczka Salt Mines (hereafter referred to as WSM). This UNESCO world heritage site consists of over 2000 chambers. One of the largest is the Chapel of St. Kinga, an active catholic church. All the altars, artwork, even the chandeliers were carved out of salt by miners. We only saw about 20 chambers and reached a depth of 135 meters. Fortunately they let us take the elevator back to the surface. The heat outside came as a shock after being underground for three hours. We had some lunch...

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Orient Express

Jul 9, 2010 - Krakow, Poland

I slept surprisingly well my first night on the train. After a leisurely lunch we arrived at Glowny station in Krakow. A taxi was waiting to wisk us to the Stary Hotel in the old town. The hotel was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Krakow. It's won numerous design rewards and been featured in magazines. I'm happy to say the Hotel Stary does not disappoint. Our room is a stunning mix of ancient and modern! We even have a little private patio. It would have been easy to kick back and relax but we pushed ourselves to walk over to the...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Technically visited Poland illegally

With check out at 10:00am we were up earlier than usual today. We packed, got ready, ate and checked out. With the walk to the station only about 15 minutes we decided to walk as we had a 7 hour train ride ahead. With our train not departing till 1:05pm we had plenty of time to spare at the station. We thought we should reserve seats for our trains and found the information counter. When she informed us we couldn't use our Eurail pass in Poland we walked away and decided to take our chances. After all we had already travelled from Berlin to...

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