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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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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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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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Jul 5, 2010 - Definite holiday mode

I'm finding these European hostels have the weirdest set ups. Our breakfast was waiting for us in a plastic bag in the small kitchenette outside our room. It was filled with bread rolls, yoghurt, fruit, coffee and spreads. Quite a decent breakfast if you like everything that was there. The fruit didn't seem fresh and the yoghurt tasted like medicine, but at least we got bread rolls. We are in definite holiday mode and with no where to be at any particular time we got ready slowly, what's the rush. We were staying quite close to Stare Miasto...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Krakow...

Evening gentlefolks... Seeing as my hostel is ace, has a massive screen for watching the footie and is only 2 weeks old; it is clean, tidy and has everything I'd want. Apart from no computers for the internet. As such I'm limited to 6 minutes of update. Done Krakow for the main sites in town. Visited the salt mines today which were great. What them miners could create out of salt! Auschwitz tomorrow which holds some trepidation for me. How do you react to the site of mass genocide? Interest? Sorrow? I just don't know. Will have to see when...

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Poland 2010

May 24, 2010 - Krakow, POLAND

Monday, May 24 Today we had an early morning and left with two private vans and crossed the border into Poland. Just mastered the Czech language and the currency and now we have to learn a new one again. We travelled through the beautiful countryside on very windy roads. It was very warm in the van and our driver liked to drive in the heavy rain without using his windshield wipers. We stopped for a quick lunch where I had some perogies, a traditional Polish dish. We had to preorder and I got 12 big perogies ... didn't expect that many,...

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Apr 20, 2010 - Day 10 - Polish surprise!

After a fairly painless bus trip from Zakopane we arrived in Krakow to be pleasantly surprised. Expecting it to be reasonably run down and still in the rebuilding phase like Budapest, we were greeted by one of the most beautiful, clean, neat and well-kept cities we have ever been to. To save some cash we stayed in the ‘Goodbye Lenin’ hostel – mainly chosen for it’s quirky name, it’s complimentary breakfast and it’s cheap rates. For the most part it was ok, besides the hoard of loud Germans that continued to wake us during the nights. We...

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Mar 6, 2010 - Rough Ride to Krakow, Poland Mar 7 -10

March 6-7 Bus ride to Krakow from Lviv(8 hrs), was I insane or drunk when I thought of taking the bus? Met two Scottish guys who were visiting Lviv for a day between snowboarding days in Poland. They told me the bus was a little bumpy.....bumpy my butt, it was 4 X 4 at its finest in a Greyhound bus. Couldn't rest your head against the window because you would have knocked yourself out, and sitting with your head straight you got whiplash, holy cow man 2.5 hours of this was rough. The roads, which are used regularily by buses and cars, where...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Krakow- Auschwitz

Yesterday we went to Auschwitz, what a terrible place,OMG. It was so depressing. We bought some vodka for the train ride back as it was emotionally draining. The horrors that occurred there are truly inimaginable. We take simply things for granted too often. On another note.....I have a pinter black eye as A few days ago I was walking in the main square and walked HEAD first into a British lady. It was so hard I though I walked into a metal pole or something. I thought I may have had a concussion. EEESH!!! hahaha what a tool I am :)...

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