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Olomouc, Czech Republic

Written on: Friday July 25th, 2008

A journal entry from: Europe

Love these small countries. With a little driving you can really move. Since our last post we have done three countries; Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. We were able to do a couple more hikes with via ferratas before leaving Slovakia. We will be back. There is so much more of this wonderful country to explore. For the outdoor enthusiast it's a wonderland plus it is full of great castles and quaint little towns.

We just touched the bottom south east corner of Poland as we wanted to see Krakaw and the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Krakaw is indeed a jewel I think rivalling Prague for the number of heritage buildings it has. Like Prague Krakaw was also spared much damage during the Second World War and has been spiffed up and renovated a lot since Poland's entry into the EU. Auschwitz was not so pretty. The largest Nazi concentration camp during WW2 it witnessed the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jew, Poles, Gypsies and enemy soldiers. Not exactly a fun site to visit but it serves as a reminder of the vastness of the genocide during those years. Too bad we don't seem to learn from history and act more actively to stop the genocides that continue to occur throughout the world.

Three days were all we could give to Poland. It is a huge, rather flat place and as far as we can see the climate is not great! We are now in the Czech Republic for the third time. At first glance we like it as much as ever. This time we are concentrating on Moravia the south eastern portion of the country that borders Slovakia. The food is as good as ever and the beer remains the cheapest in Europe. We are heading for the wine area to see how their vintages rate.

 

From Sharon Brubacher on Jul 26th, 2008

Hi Guys, I hear the real estate is very reasonable in Poland - maybe your limited comments say why. The food looks so germanic and the B