Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

Poland: Auschwitz-Birkenau
March 27th, 2017

The following passages are quoted from Laurence Rees’ book, “Auschwitz: The Nazis & The Final Solution. They are a selection from just the first 100 pages and by no means the worst of it… I’ve ear-marked the entire book.
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Poland: Muzeum Witrażu, Krakow
March 26th, 2017

I had a whopping four days to spend in Krakow so I was looking for interesting things to do beyond the typical tourist stuff. My new thing is looking for local workshops or classes and I found the perfect one at Museum Witrazu, an active stained glass workshop and gallery. The image above is their front door.
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Poland: Communist Nowa Huta
March 26th, 2017

My last day in Krakow I had no idea what I was gonna do so I took the recommendation of a friend and booked the Communism Tour with Crazy Guides. I was nervous about booking this because it seemed like it might be for Soviet nerds and I know hardly anything about Communism really. Luckily, that was not the case and I had an absolutely fascinating and unique one-on-one tour. The tour focuses on Krakow’s centrally-planned Socialist district Nowa Huta which you go visit whilst riding in a real Soviet-era East German Trabant.
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Poland: Jewish Quarter, Krakow
March 25th, 2017

I explored Krakow in two parts: the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Basically I took a walking tour of both and then ping-ponged between them all weekend eating food, walking it off, eating food ad infinitum. The Jewish Quarter is in the Kazimierz district of Krakow. The Jewish Ghetto of Krakow is actually over the river. The Jewish people were evicted from their neighborhood and moved there. There is a rumble track on the highway to remind drivers that they are crossing the location of the old ghetto walls.
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Poland: Old Town Krakow
March 24th, 2017

Old Town Krakow was really beautiful. It’s not that terribly different from other European cities, but it was particularly romantic for some reason.
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