Dan in Krako
Wawel castle http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/
Dragon of Wawel Castle - we randomly came across it at night, it blows flames every few minutes http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/
Massive icicles at Nadwiślański Ethnographic Park - very old Polish wooden structures of which there are several dotted around southern Poland.
Dan being stalked by the snow kitteh.
The first beautiful wooden church we saw, just outside Babice
Blue sky, a colour we haven't seen in 3 months...
Dan and I outside the church
Lipowiec Castle obscured by snow covered and icy trees
View from Lipowiec Castle
View from the top of Lipowiec Castle
Icy trees from one of the windows in Lipowiec Castle
Proper hoar frost
freeeeeezing. Those poor trees...
Dan returning from the walk to the castle.
The second wooden church
Beautiful Baroque church - Jasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa. Contains a painting of the Black Madonna.
Ice covered trees at the church.
The top spires of the church.
Statue of the black madonna.
The last rays of the sun...
The cathedral at Wawel castle.
Sunset over the Vistula river.
The famous sign 'Work sets you free'.
Block 10. The experimentation block http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_10
Entrance to the wall of death - between blocks 10 and 11. Note the boarded up windows of block 10.
Grounds for roll call. The longest roll call at Auschwitz was 19 hours.
The gallows where Rudolf Hoess was hung http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_H%C3%B6ss
Crematorium 1 at Auschwitz I. The feeling and images of this will stay with me for the rest of my life. You walk through the doors into a silent dark chamber, where all you can see are square holes where the Zyklon B was dropped. Almost more disturbing for me was that I was the only person crying. Past the chamber was the actual crematorium, where 10 people could be cremated at once. Horrifying. I'm at a loss to understand how this was ever possible.
One of the barracks at Auschwitz II Birkenau. The were originally designed as horse stables. In the freezing weather you could feel how cold it was, yet Dan and I were in full layers. I can't imagine how cold it must have been with only 600 calories a day and limited clothing.
The entrance to Auscwitz II Birkenau
The scale of Auschwitz II Birkenau is impossible to get across in this photo - but it's absolutely huge.
One of the many guard towers.
The famous entrance to Auschwitz II Birkenau.
Dan at the station where the Jews were either chosen to work or sent straight to be murdered.
The view of Auschwitz II Birkenau from the watchtower at the top of the station building.
Wieliczka salt mine (pronounced 'vel-itz-ka).
One of the chandeliers made of the purest salt.
Figures carved of salt.
Dan and I at the bottom of the salt mine.
Me waiting for the bus on our last day - still freezing cold as it was -4
THE BEST hot chocolate in the ENTIRE WORLD at Bona Media in the old town http://www.bonamedia.pl/