Although I spent only 4 days in Poland a lot passed my eyes. Scenic driving through to a great night in Warsaw and history lessons around Krakow.
The day started out ok, a little chilly as you can see, but I was on the moto by 8:30am and ready for 500 km Vilnius to Warsaw. All good, until I realised that my GPS didn't know that we can't drive through Belarus without paying a $500 Visa. So, I can say I went to Belarus for a second, but that's it. I should have known I was not at the Polish border when everyone on the bus beside me at the heavily guarded crossing got out with passports in hand. This doesn't happen between EU to EU countries and Belarus is not one of those countries. I quickly was informed by the tough, burly border patrol, "Belarussia". She seemed nice in a just killed a bear with my hands way.
Bye Belarus, and Oh shit. The good news was that it was only a 40 km mistake adding 80 km to my day. But hey, I touched Belarus!!!
Highway A4 full of farms, villages and lakes. C3R6T3V5/6.
|Early morning Sunday vendors in Vilnius|
|Sunny, but bring some heat!|
|Hey GPS, take a left, right?|
|Ah, this doesn't look good. When your GPS runs out of map.|
|That's not a Polish Flag??|
|SOB, I'm in Belarus!!!|
Back 40 km and back on track to Warsaw! Side route to Poland C4/5R6T3V5.
|Lots of roadside fruit vendors.|
|What a photo!|
|Watch out for the slow moving traffic|
Majorly ripped off at the Kantor/change hut which of course I didn't realise until after. Not sure, I changed only 50 euros, so it could have been worse.
|Smacked in the face by a Polish Bug!|
|Augustow, lovely town|
A little video to show the curves of this wooded area in North Poland. A16 was nice C5R6T3V5. Then A61 to Warsaw, slow going C3R6/7T6/7V5.
|Very nice area|
|Oh no, what's happened?|
|Heavy traffic on a small highway|
|One town ends and the next begins|
|Gong so slow a spider had time to|
spin a web, haha
|Minutes from Warsaw|
|Made it. Blu's parking for the night|
Let's have a tour of this beautiful city of Warsaw which was 80% rebuilt after World War II (the main parts/buildings).
|Protest for Military action|
|Poland Parliament |
Here it is...The Chuck Norris Shot! Tequila and a Jager bomb!
|Busy bar area, The Pavillions|
Damn you Chuck Norris! On the road to Krakow, 300 km. "Winner" for most construction on a highway in Europe. A7 - Construction Free C2R8T4V4, Construction (65% of drive) C3/4R5-7T7/8V5/6.
|What would Chuck Norris do?|
|Get on your bikes and ride!|
|A sign of being a little behind|
Your motorway has traffic lights
|Karkow, only 189km that should take 2 hours, right?|
|That Moto is definitely not going 70 kph|
|Construction of Castles|
Or in Modern Terms - Hotels
|Little grub shack|
|Traffic backed up still 30 min from|
|Big city bridge|
|Keep moving to the Wieliczka Salt Mines|
|Kinga Hotel - great deal|
|Tasty Fish and Chips 6 euros.|
|Staying in for the night|
Going in to the Wieliczka Salt Mines (134 m below the ground), paying 2.50 euros for permission to take photos, WTF! This was on top of the 20 euro entry fee.
|Without this sticker you have to watch|
out for the Photo Police!
Totally didn't need to buy this
as no one checks.
|Tourist round up pens, yuck.|
|Something like 500 steps down to start the tour, whoa!|
|Wind breaking doors|
|Painted white years back to make it look more spacious.|
|Lots of religion in the Mine|
Praying for safety and success
|It's all salt|
|Let's get to work|
|Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs|
must have originated here
Inside the Salt Mine Cathedral
|Very amazing Cathedral at the|
center of the earth. Free Mass
so why pay to come to the mines??
|Sculptured Last Supper|
|Hologram on the water|
|Got to be the deepest below the surface gift shop |
|A long time ago you could take|
a boat tour, but some drunk soldiers
fell in to the salty water and got
trapped under the boat. 1915 ish.
They all died.
|Tight elevator shaft!|
|Subsurface banquet room|
Almost arrested?? A little video chat after "the tourist lost and in the wrong place" incident. Wasn't my fault that the staff told me to leave the Russian tour and follow the English tour. I must have missed that tour and ended up following German school kids out of the mines, which apparently their tour guide didn't like telling me I had to talk to the Police/Policja.
Let's get out of Wieliczka!
|Following German school kids|
thinking I was on the English
museum tour. "why are we walking
so far and passing all the museum
A quick rainy drive to Krakow and Hotel Kadetus which is perfectly located near Castle Wawel and Old Town. Great staff and Perogies too at Bar 25!
Hotel Kadetus and my Non-Vegan room with smoking balcony for 21 euros. Pretty good though.
|I asked for the Vegan special |
|Parking right in front|
|A sign I'm close to a touristic site|
|Wawel on Vistula River|
|Up to the gates...Closed :(|
|This seems a bit modern??|
Wawel Castle ... Closed at 6pm.
|The fire breathing Dragon|
Every 5 minutes.
Loud ass Hitchcockian birds in the park surrounding Old Town in Karkow.
|The birds are angry|
|I forgot about this guy, Pope John Paul the 2nd was a big deal|
|Yummy Thai food for my sore throat|
|Oh, capitalism. Hard Rock Cafe - Krakow|
|A very public flat for all to see|
|Spinach and Raspberry Perogies|
Auschwitz and Birkenau. The most known Nazi Concentration Camp where about 1.6 million Jews, Polish, Russian and Roma people perished.
Due to misinformation I went to Birkenau first waiting for the free entrance of Auschwitz to open up. In the end it was the better way to do it as Birkenau is a massive place. Here are some photos.
|Cold and Rainy, short 50 km|
|Parked in front of Birkenau|
|Birkenau Train Entrance|
|Thinly built barn structures|
|Some helpful photos to give a little idea of the situation|
|Few buildings left at Birkenau|
|Photo of the personal effects being sorted|
|Furnaces for sterilising clothing and other items|
|Some of the many faces|
|Memorial Pond full of ashes of|
|water system, not sure if this was fresh or grey water|
|I'd like to think the people were|
able to find a moment of peace
staring at this beautiful autumn tree
Auschwitz - began as an army barracks and became a camp for political prisoners and then a place of experiments and other mistreatment of human beings.
|Arbeit Macht Frei = "Work Will Set You Free"|
|Everyone taking a moment to look at the Firing Squad Wall|
|Max Kolbe who gave his life in|
exchange to save another prisoner
|The hanging post where the commander of Auschwitz was |
hanged after liberation.
|Lots of electric fences|
After a long cold day in the wind at Auschwitz and Birkenau I only carried on 25 km until Pszczyna where you can find the Price of Poland's hunting residency that was turned in to a sudo Palace.
|Main square of Pszczyna|
|Hotel Piano Noble seems fancy from the Website|
|And it is Fancy!|
|Prince's Palace / Hunting Residency|
|What else but Buffalo for hunting!|
|Thanks for the help Monika and Anna|
No Europe SIM card so I needed
someone to call the apartment owner.
|Notice the Green Vegetable, What is it???|
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