Krakow to Berlin Cycle ride 2014

Record of eight cyclists in Poland and Germany
k2b route 002  The route taken by eight cyclists, mostly from the Southend Section of the Forty Plus Cycling Club, between 14th and 29 September 2014. P1080215  Bikes packed ready to leave Southend P1080216  Unpacked and ready to leave Krakow airport P1080217  First evening
P1080218  first evening in the main Krakow square with St Mary's Basilica P1080220 P1080221  Krakow Town Square P1080222  St Mary's Basilica
P1080224  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. P1080226  How does she do it? P1080228  The first evening P1080229  Sunday, the first morning in Krakow
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P1000807  Seven of the group on the first whole day in Poland, in Krakow. P1000808 P1080235 P1080237
P1080238 P1080239 P1000820  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. P1080241  A remaining part of the old city wall
P1080243 P1000831  St. Florian's Gate taken from within the city, near where we were stayed P1080242  The barbican originally attached to the city wall. P1080246
P1080247  A recent controversial addition to the Main Square P1080251  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. P1080252 P1000805
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P1000817 P1080257  Wawel Palace and Cathederal on a hill to the south of the old town. P1080248  The Royal Palace P1080260
P1080261 P1080258  Chapels and mausoleum outside the Wawel Cathederal. P1080264+ P1000821
P1000827 P1000829  Vistula River at Krakopw P1000822 P1000826
P1080270 P1000832  The salt mines near Krakow P1080272 P1080274
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P1080297 P1080298  The Last Supper P1080300 P1080301
P1080302 P1000833 P1080309  Joseph Pilsudski Post First World War political leader all carvings in salt P1080314
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P1000840 P1080319  Tuesday 16 September - The ride started well along a good cycle path towards Oświęcim, our next stop. The route followed a river. P1080320  We found ouselves on an unmade track. P1080321  Our route for the day taken from obviuosly predated a sand quarry which required us to take a major diversion before arriving in Oświęcim where we spent the night.
P1080322  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". P1080331  Inside the camp, previously a Polish army barrack P1080330  A small section of cases left behind P1080329
P1080339  The entrance to Birkenau. Old military stables through which trains brought the victims. P1080345 P1080348 P1080347
P1080352 P1080359  The contrasting serinity of the square in nearby Oświęcim. P1080357  Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Oświęcim)