Deadboy Posted November 21, 2007 Share Posted November 21, 2007 Sorry for the long dely....been travelling (for work) Day 8 Stary Smokovec, Slovakia to Auschwitz, Poland and back With a layover day to do with as we wished we decided to cross the border into Poland and visit Auschwitz. Interestingly no one at the hotel seemed to know how to get there so we looked it up on the internet and set off early in the morning with a waypoint set in the GPS to guide us. The crossing was easy but I did notice a sign in the window informing us that a US driver’s license is no longer accepted in Poland and that we were required to get either a Polish or International license. However the guards never mentioned it so we decided to chance it. (Polish border crossing) Despite knowing nothing specific regarding the countryside for some reason both Kim and I were surprised by how beautiful it was. Rolling hills and quaint villages were everywhere. As were numerous wonderful twisty roads…. Soon enough we arrived at our destination, which despite its horrific past looks to the casual observer like any other factory or commercial setting from the outside. That being said the location (right in town) also surprised me as I expected it to be in a more isolated outlying area. I took very few photos at the camps (we toured Auschwitz and Birkenau) as it just didn’t seem appropriate….though many folks ignored the numerous signs asking them to not take photos (especially of the more personal items), something that really angered me at first, but then I decided it may be best for the true nature of the place to be shared with all who wish to see it lest it be forgotten. (Auschwitz) (Auschwitz, translates to “hard work will set you free”) (Birkenau) (Birkenau) After a few hours we rode back in a somber but thankful mood, crossing the border at dusk. (evening border crossing) Link to comment
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