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  Warsaw train station.  Love the funky architecture. Never was able to figure out the name of this building, but it stands next to the train station and towers over its surroundings.  It makes it easy to find the train station from far away, at least.  I personally loved the old, Gotham City-style architecture combined with that 1950's Kinotek sign for a movie theater.  If you look closely, you'll see they are playing Bruno and My Big Fat Greek Wedding... kind of odd, as one is newly released and the one many years old. Copernicus and Niko looking through a telescope. Church of the Holy Cross (or 'Holly Cross', as our map had it).  Within its walls lies a pillar containing Chopin's heart (you'll see later). Emily imitating a statue in front of Warsaw University.  

  Emily imitating another crazy statue.  But she's got bigger biceps. Niko imitating the scholarly lean of this gentleman. Emily imitating a famous poet. First sight of Warsaw old town as we walked down the so-called Royal Way.  This entire region was devastated and in ruins after World War II, but rebuilt during communist times. The main square.  The king up on the pedestal is the one who moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw, and on the right is the royal palace.  

  View from the streets of the old town. A square in the center of the old town. Another shot of the square, facing the other direction.  The fountain is of a mermaid-like figure wielding a sword. Emily barefoot in the fountain. Emily by herself in fountain.  

  Us in front of a water pump. Us in front of fountain. Niko in front of buildings. Cool art deco corner and lion, looking out into the square we were just in. Images of Warsaw at the end of the war, contrasted with the currect condition.  

  Warsaw may be the only city with more cranes than Zurich! Niko throw backpack. Cool three-dimensional wall decoration. Pretty lady. Funky clock.  

  Monument to the warsaw resistance.  We were there on some kind of veteran's or memorial day, it seems, and there were many visitor laying flowers and lighting candles. Barbican leading into the old city. Us in front of the barbican. Have you ever seen anything less appetizing? Monument to the Warsaw uprising, when Polish resistance made a last ditch effort to get Germans out of the city.  

  Warsaw uprising monument, take 2. Monument to the Jewish Ghetto. Monument to the Jewish Ghetto. Old, unrepaired home covered with pictures of pre-war Warsaw.  Given its proximity to the only remaining synagague and other buildings, most likely images of Jews, but we're not sure about that.  Touching in any case. Main square in Krakov, and St. Mary's church.  

  An old gate which was bricked up by the king in anger after some Germans who ran it plotted against him. Monument to Polish resistance.  The combination of the P and W was their symbol. Neighoring buildings, where the left has not yet been restored. Alley leading to the main square is Kazmierz, the old Jewish part of town.  The signs are from Jewish pre-war businesses, now salvaged and hung on the side of a Jewish-run restaurant. The restaurant which was displaying the signs.  

  Monument to the old Jewish neighborhood.  Notice the Menora fence. Old building showing Stars of David. Symbol of Krakow: the open gate was supposed to convey that it was a safe place where all could enter. High Synagogue. Old Graveyard.  Our guide told us two stories here.  The first concerned how, before the war, some youth came to loot the synagogue across from the graveyard.  The rabbi caught wind of their plan and stationed some youth wearing white blankets in the graveyard.  They surprised the would-be robbers and sent them running, screaming that the ghosts were coming.  The other concerned a Jewish rabbi buried in a corner of the graveyard, apparently an undesirable position.  Many years before, a rich man had died who was generally seen as a miser, and so this rich man had been buried in the corner.  It later came out that in fact the man had donated more money than anyone else to the poor, but always anonymously, and so the rabbi asked to be buried next to him.  

  Cool but unrestored building.  I like the pattern of the balconies. Emily in a Jewish restaurant where we ate.  It's decor was very home-like. Surviving Synagogue still in use. Touching photo exhibition showing pictures of Jewish people and families from before the war.  There were many photos here, many with accompanying stories. One that stuck with me was a faded picture of a woman.  The note was from her daughter, who had survived the concentration camps.  She said that the kept the photo on her person throughout her time in the concentration camp, despite being inspiected by doctors twice.  The first time she held it in her mouth, the next time in her shoe I believe.  Her mother and father were both killed in the camp as well.  

  Coffess in a funky, intellectual Jewish coffee house where we stopped.  They had some crazy electronic Klezmer music playing. Us. Cool old coffee house in Jewish district. Monument to the Krakow Ghetto. Pharmacy under the eagle: it was the only Polish-owned business to stay operating in the ghetto.  The owner refused to leave despite German pressure, and -- along with two assistances -- supplied the residents of the ghetto with aid and supplies.  

  Remaining fragment of the Ghetto wall. Ghetto district today.  Not exactly the richest part of town. Schindler's factory, recently made into a museum. Schindler's factory, recently made into a museum. Church in Krakow across the street from our hotel.  We loved the statues.  

  Wawel castle in Krakow. Only known image of a pagan Slavic god. Us in main square in Krakow.  It was a massive gathering place.  This picture only shows half of it.  Very cool. St. Mary's Church. Emily in main square.  Again the picture only shows half.  The building in the picture is in the middle of the square, and it used to home to the cloth market.  It's now a museum and tourist shopping center.  

  Road leading to one of the old city gates. Cool image on the city gate.  Not sure what it depicts historically. City gate from outside. Barbican. Krakow Opera.  

  That night they were showing a play, as you can see from the red curtain. The main square hosted many artists etc, like these breakdancers. Main square at night. Our first glipse at the second half of the main square, including a remnant of the town hall (the tower). Church across from our hotel at night.  

  What a weird sign!  I still have no idea what it's supposed to mean!  No families travelling up and then down?? Auschwitz concentration camp. Birkenau concentration camp.  The ruins are the remains of a gas and cremation chamber, destroyed by the retreating German forces in an effort to hide the evidence. Birkenau concentration camp.  The railway is how they brought the victims in. Birkenau concentration camp.  The area behind those gates once housed wooden barracks where prisoners were kept.  

  Apparently controversial stained glass entitled God the Father in the Act of Creation. Inside of the church holding that stained glass.  Very beautiful.  The walls were painted with psychedlic flowers and other natural images.  One of my favorite churches for sure. Neat fountainhead. Big ol' head lying in the mains square of Krakow. Funky English language cafe and bookstore we visited.  

  Wawel castle in Krakow. Wawel castle in Krakow. Wawel castle in Krakow. Wawel castle in Krakow. Wawel castle in Krakow.  

  Remnant of the town hall in the main square of Krakow. Beautiful golden brick color at sunset. In Zurich there are a 101 signs saying Cool wall decoration. Niko.  

  In lieu of bells, a trumpeter signals the hour in St. Mary's church.  Much nicer! Statues atop the central building in the main square. Statues atop the central building in the main square. Column holding Chopin's heart, in Warsaw. Interesting monument in Warsaw, but not sure what it is for.  

  Line marking the path of the Warsaw ghetto. Monument showing Warsaw ghetto. Why on earth would anyone design this lamp? Warsaw train station where we caught night train back to Zurich!  Goodbye, Poland!  

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