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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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Sep 27, 2009 - Krakow - dzien dobry

Krakow has so far been a nice change to the last 9 days in France. We are staying with Mike's Babcia (Grandma) so we can unpack those crazy backpacks:) And the polish Zolty is taking us a lot further than the euro. The city is very nice & well restored. We spent our first day walking throughout the city center, including the Main Square, Wawel Castle and church, around the university, and walked around the "Planty" which is a green space with a walkway that surrounds the main city center. At night we went out to a few pubs, which is not...

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Aug 16, 2009 - Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a great place, I wish I could have stayed longer (even longer than the extra two days I stayed past when I planned to leave). The first day started off overcast but cleared up to a beautiful day and stayed that way for the next 4 days. Krakow used to be the capital of Poland until 1956 and its probably mostly because of that that it has such beautiful streets and buildings dating back to medieval times. Fortunately Krakow, unlike lots of other areas in Poland avoided major damage in WWII so the main attractions, like Wawel Castle...

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Taking the Long Way

Aug 13, 2009 - Krazy about Krakow

After another flawless Air Berlin flight (my new favorite European discount airline) we landed in Krakow at 4pm local time. It was a very tourist-friendly airport and we had no trouble catching the free shuttle to the train station and then the very quick and efficient train into the center of town. When we got off the train, it was easy to get our bearings thanks to plenty of large “you are here” type maps on every corner. (It is my personal belief that all cities should do this…sure would make my life a lot easier!) After two days spent...

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