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Krakow 8-10th July

What are we doing here? Is this real?

sunny 27 °C

We have now been in Krakow for a day and a half. Arrived at tiny local airport and were met by Polish speaking driver and taken to our very comfortable and well-located 17th Century hotel.Bonerowski Palace Hotel

Bonerowski Palace Hotel

Wandered down to the Jewish quarter of Kazimiericz and found jewish centre in an old Synagogue.Ancient Tombstones R'emuh Cemetry

Ancient Tombstones R'emuh Cemetry

Wailing Wall of Broken Headstones Krakow

Wailing Wall of Broken Headstones Krakow

People there were fascinated by Celina's story and seemed very happy to meet someone who survived as a child of the Krakow Ghetto. We met a lady at Jewish Centre and an Anthropogist from Canada who was intrigued and excited by Celina's story. We purchased a new book on Schindler in which the photo of the family survivors with Tom Kenneally is shown.

Today we will take our own tour to the Jewish quarter Schindler's factory and the Wawel and tomorrow we are to take a private tour to Auschwitz Birkenau. Up to now we have largely enjoyed the noise and music and old buildings of this Medieval city.

Our Hotel sits on the edge of the Market Square and we had a birdseye view of the square from the new Hard Rock Cafe sipping cocktails and watching buskers horse-drawn carriages and listening to music for the last 2 nights.Horse and Carriage in Krakow

Horse and Carriage in Krakow

Cocktails for one

Cocktails for one

Posted by acudoc 00:39 Archived in Poland Tagged luxury_travel

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Sounds fantastic, It is good Mum has gone back to see her family's history. I hope you are not too upset by what you see tomorrow.

by markrose03

I'm glad you're enjoying Poland - I know mum was worried about it. I know she wasn't looking forward to it so it's good you've been able to make some nice memories and feel welcome. I'm crossing my fingers that tomorrow's tour is as enlightening and distress-free as is possible, given the horrible family history but also the amazing survival.

by melinda_g

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