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8th July Warsaw to Krakow
We only have 400kms to go today but also a visit to Auschwitz. The morning started cool and overcast but soon bloomed to full strength sun and heat. Had a bit of a team meeting on the side of the road after about 1/2hour driving. Well we didn’t know about the salt mines and it seemed that some wanted to go there. Later we find out that that didn’t happen. A few strong words from a few people and most of the group then were on our way to Auschwitz. Quite a pleasant stroll through the country roads. The rolling hills continue and farms and crops etc. Didn’t really have time for lunch as our tickets were bought and we were then organised with headphones and transmitters. There are lots of groups of people. It was of course Sunday again and lots of people visiting the place. I was a bit sceptical about going but you have to do it I guess. It certainly is a dreadful period of history and hopefully will never be repeated. It was a 3hour tour and we went to both camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. We will remember it all. So after another hour or so on the road back to Krakow, arrived about 7pm. Another long day from 8 in the morning.
9thJuly Krakow to Prague (Czech Republic)
An early 7.30am start as we have nearly 600kms to drive. Mostly on motorways though. But we need it as we career off on a tangent and have to re-route to get to the correct road to cross the Czech border at the right town. It is very hot again 28deg. The land is much the same again with crops and farms, but not much animal life to be seen, as such. So not much to relate in that respect. Are staying in a rather old (Best Western) hotel but seem central to the main attractions etc. have cobbled streets at the door and a grand old church on the corner. Will be exploring in the morning. We have a day free tomorrow to see the sights. Obviously a large city of i.3million people, so we will only see a fraction of it of course.(as is usual on this trip). We can’t believe that we are nearly at the end of this driving adventure. And it is a driving holiday!
10th July Our Day in Prague
We have had a lovely leisurely day walking around the old Prague. Had the company of Tony & Steve and met Sue & Rob around lunch time and went on a small boat, ride with them. Just the 6 of us which was nicer than doing it on a huge tourist boat with a hundred others. We climbed the Astrological Clock Tower to have the most fantastic view over the city, and by chance it was an o’clock (as in 11) so the Trumpeter in his Jesters Jacket was ‘blowing his trumpet’ right in front of us. These ‘old’ areas just give me goose bumps. They are so cool, the cobbles and narrow streets and all the rest of it. We have had to time 4pm; breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon coffees. That should be enough for anyone, but alas we are off again at 6pm for drinks and dinner. This holiday is fast becoming a food fest and you can tell by the waistlines!!! Another early off tomorrow as we head for Stuttgart and a Motor Museum. The male contingent are hanging out for this as it is supposed to be great. May find something else to do.

Thanks to you all for sending messages. We love to hear a bit of family and local news.

Posted by THEMIKNADS 07:05 Archived in Czech Republic

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Quite a sobering experience visiting those camps in Germany. The only trouble is it has repeated itself in Cambodia in the 70s. We visited the Killing Fields last year where the most dreadful atrocities took place. Agree Prague is a most beautiful place. A few years ago now, we stayed in the Swiss residencey with the Ambassador, our brother in law, (Wim's sister's husband) just to drop a few names!!!! Love following these blogs. Monique, Max, Richard Mark and Andrew are all coming this weekend, so greatly looking forward to seeing them all. Safe travels. XXSis.

by Rozwim

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