P & J’s Excellent Adventure

I. A 60th birthday celebration for Alena Drnkova in her garden.

II. Bus to Prague then overnight train to Krakow, Poland. We had a 6 person sleeping compartment to ourselves and sort of slept.

III. 4 days in Krakow. A beautiful medieval city with the biggest Old Town square I’ve ever seen. The 14th century Cloth Hall indoor market anchors it and a bugler sounds the hour from the church steeple. Our boutique Globetroter Hotel with a courtyard garden on its’ own smaller square. A park around the Old Town where the wall was. A Dragon Parade (because the city has its’ own dragon).Very tourist-friendly and walkable. Like 6 miles a day walkable! Inexpensive, too.

IV. A day trip to Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp. Systematic murder of 1,100,000 people, 90% of whom were Jewish. A remembrance memorial for the dead and a testament to the evil man is capable of. A very sobering experience. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (Santana)

V. Salt mines 1/2 day tour. An amazing place, 372 steps down into salt caves. Sculptures, chapels, lakes and everything you would ever want to know about salt mining. 

VI. Wawel Castle – the seat of Polish kings. In 1100 it was a fortification above the Vistula River. Complete with its’ own Dragon’s Den.

VII. Polish overnight train to Prague. This time we were frazzled because our compartment slept six.

Fortunately, we lucked out and were not joined by four additional bunkmates. Czech train v Polish train: Czech wins for quality and comfort!

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