Eight cyclists ride from the Forty Plus Cycling Club ride from Krakow to Berlin.
Part One Krakow to Oświęcim.
1 The route taken by eight British cyclists, mostly from the Southend Section of the Forty Plus Cycling Club, between 14th and 29th September 2014 on a ride between Krakow to Berlin. Part One deals Krakpoow to Oświęcim.
2 Bikes packed ready to leave Southend
3 Unpacked and ready to leave Krakow airport
4 first evening in the main Krakow square with St Mary's Basilica
6 Krakow Town Square
7 St Mary's Basilica
8 A reinstated monument to a 19th century Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz. The original was removed by the nazis in 1940 but parts were found in a german scrapyard and reinstated during 1955. We were told, on a walking tour of the city, by our guide, that during the war the citizens of Krakow when crossing the main square would deliberately walk around the spot where the monument had been.
9 How does she do it?
10 Sunday morning in the town square at Krakow
11 Sunday, the first morning in Krakow
16 Seven of the group on the first whole day in Poland, in Krakow.
21 St. Florian's Gate on the remains of the City Wall. Most of ithe wall was demolished by the townsmen in the early 19th Century but a section remains thanks to a history profesor at the university convinceing the city that if this section were removed it would allow the prevailing wind to lift the skirts of ladies in the main square.
23 St. Florian's Gate taken from within the city, near where we were stayed
24 The barbican originally attached to the city wall.
26 A recent controversial addition to the Main Square
27 A window of the Palace previously occupied, when he was bishop, by the recently retired Pope John Paul II. As a visiting Pope he used to acknowledge the crowds through this window late into the night.
34 The Royal Palace
37 Chapels and mausoleum outside the Wawel Cathederal.
41 Vistula River at Krakopw
45 The salt mines near Krakow
57 The Last Supper
62 Joseph Pilsudski Post First World War political leader all carvings in salt
69 Tuesday 16 September - The ride started well along a good cycle path towards Oświęcim, our next stop. The route followed a river.
70 We found ouselves on an unmade track.
71 Our route for the day taken from bikemap.net obviuosly predated a sand quarry which required us to take a major diversion before arriving in Oświęcim where we spent the night.
72 On Wednesday 17 September we visited Auschwitz Above the entrance to auschwitz is the cynical sign in German "Arbeit macht frei" meaning "work makes (you) free".
73 Inside the camp, previously a Polish army barrack
75 The entrance to Birkenau. Old military stables through which trains brought the victims.
80 The contrasting serinity of the square in nearby Oświęcim.
81 Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Oświęcim) .........more pictures to come