Our Krakow Gallery – including tour of nazi death camp ‘Auschwitz’
First things first in a new city, Take a stroll and get your bearings
The Old Town of Kraków’s main square is home to a small flower market.
Its also where the scary bird lady from Home Alone 2 is from.
Walk to the bottom of the main road to find the Wawel Royal Castle.
The Wawel Castle is said to be built over the lair of a great Dragon!
These days the mythical creature can be found sitting below the castle on the river site. Watch out for his flames!
Local food Zapiekanki is Heavy! exactly what you need on a vodka hangover. Bread, cheese and whatever other topping you choose
Salt mines didn’t sound all that exciting. Wait for it!
The entire mine is carved from the salt of a long since dried up ocean.
The miners have carved out some stunning sculptures from the salt.
There are 17 chapels in the mine, including the World’s largest underground cathedral.
The mine’s artwork is phenomenal. The depth created in this salt version of the last supper struck me.
The skill taken to create the minor details of this Jesus statue from a rock of salt. Definitely my favourite piece.
Pierogi. Traditional Polish dumplings. Quite nice, the filling is potato, cottage cheese and onion. Worth a taste as a side portion only.
Auschwitz. Haunting and disturbing. The sign above gates translates to ‘Work will set you free’. A cruel lie.
Ruthless organisation and efficiency of machine like murder really echoed through Bianca and I.
The scale of humans exterminated is shown by the organised piles of Glasses, Hair and Shoes. All the possessions which the jews had were stolen, organised then used to help the Nazi war efforts.
It was chilling to realise that once they nazi captured you it, would be totally impossible to escape.
When the Nazi’s SS soldiers realised they would soon be over run by the Russian Soviets, they set alight the Gas chambers and records to hide their atrocities
Arriving at Auschwits after a week crammed into a train with no toilet,food or water. The jews began to believe the lies.
The elderly, women and children were marched straight from the trains to the gas chambers. They were told a warm shower and food would be waiting for them. The Nazi’s couldnt use them for labour so removed them efficiently as possible.
The men were transported to overcrowded barracks within the camp. Starved and forced into slave labour until they were broken, the weak and emancipated were destroyed and replaced by new inmates.
Typical Barrack housed up to 700. Sleeping up to 8 people per ‘bed’ three tiers high.
I struggled with my decision to visit this hell or not. In the end this plaque sums up that the remains or the camp should be used as a reminder of the atrocity so we never do this again. A reminder unfortunately lost on some world leaders of today.