Poland Part 2!

I began the tour by picking up my father in Brussels and we proceeded to catch the 3rd leg of the Tour De France, ending in Huy, Belgium. It was a desire of his to catch the Tour De France and always a thrill for me to see the color and excitement.

 

Tour De France

Tour De France, 2015

After this quick stop, we passed through Czech Republic with an overnight stop in Pilsen to visit the Pilsener Urquell beer factory and then on to a couple of days in one of my favorite cities, Prague.

Prague

A panorama shot of Prague, Czech Republic

 

We then spent a nice weekend in the Czech countryside before finally getting to Poland and our first stop in Krakow. Krakow was an absolutely charming city and a great first stop with it’s beautiful castle located next to the Vistula river.

Wawel Castle, Krakow

The Wawel Castle located in Krakow, Poland.

In addition to the castle, there were two highly recommended stops, one very interesting and the other very somber. The first was the Wieliczka Salt Mine, located just outside Krakow.  A truly unbelievable place with underground caves and tunnels and the most amazing underground chapel I’ve ever seen! Everything was carved out of salt to include the wall carvings and chandeliers!

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The salt chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine

The next day was much more somber with a visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It was an overcast day which only added to the despondent feeling experienced throughout the tour. It was just really sad to these this testament to the evil that people are capable of. Very depressing but also a place that anyone visiting Krakow should make an effort to see.

Auschwitz

A fence in Auschwitz Concentration camp reads Danger! High voltage Will cause death

Following the week in Krakow, we proceeded North to Warsaw where I dropped my father and friends off at the airport and continued to tour Poland. Warsaw was a very nice city with a lot of interesting sites but nothing as spectacular as the Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from the USSR to the Polish people (not that they really wanted it!). They even have nicknamed it “The Elephant in the Lacy Underwear”! I do have to say it is well worth taking the elevator to the top floor and catching the 360 panorama of Warsaw!

Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science located in Warsaw, Poland.

That about wraps the first portion of the trip. In the next blog post, I’ll head up north to Gdansk and then go hit some nature in the lakes, forests and mountains! Stay tuned!

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2 Comments

  1. Alan Winter August 29, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Nice shot of the Culture and Science building. It is a terribly ugly building, but so impressive in size. Hard to get a decent photo of it.

    • laurentfox August 29, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

      Thanks Alan, yeah I had a hard time because there were so many other buildings in close proximity, it was tough getting a nice shot without getting right up close and distorting it. Was pretty cool place though, worth going up to the top!

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