I’m Home!!!! I am not sure how many of you knew, but I recently took a long weekend break in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland.

Flying from London Southend Airport, proved to be as easy as always, getting through the security at the airport in around 5 minutes! Crazy isn’t it?! Then we were off, a short 1 hour 55 minute flight (not even giving me enough time to finish my in flight film) & we arrived in the very snowy and bitterly cold Krakow. Being my first ever winter escape, I wasn’t quite ready for the freezing temperatures that met me leaving the plane, and believe me… they got a lot lower!

Can anyone guess who we flew with?? :P

Can anyone guess who we flew with?? 😛

Whilst away we visited 2 main places, the first being the town of Zakopane situated right on the border of Poland & Slovakia.

The town it’s self was simply stunning, and looked truly beautiful under a thick covering of gorgeous untouched snow. Around a mile or so from the main town, (with us getting lost trying to find it) was the main attraction for which we had headed on the 2.5 hour coach journey for, this was the cable car leading to the top of the mountain range; Kasprowy Wierch.

Kasprowy Wierch - just short of 2,000m

Kasprowy Wierch – just short of 2,000m

Not being a particular lover of heights, it was a slight test hanging from a metal cable about as thick as a skipping rope, hundreds of metres above the ground, however I managed to pull through and arrived at the other end of the cable.

Ecstatic, being on “dry land” again, only to very quickly realise we had only actually covered around 1/3 of the ascend up the side of this mountain. There was now another, much longer, trip again hanging from this (too thin) metal cable.

Off into the mist!

Off into the mist!

A nervous smile when I relise where we are heading

A nervous smile when I realise where we are heading

Eventually, after trying to keep my mind from the towering heights by taking lots of photographs of the beautiful scenery, we arrived at the top, and what we saw was truly breath taking. It’s not something as a photographer I say often, but photographs really do not do any justice. It’s a view I will remember for the rest of my life!

At the top of the mountains

At the top of the mountains

Unfortunately, our day in Zakopane had to come to an end, but we had plenty to speak about and lots of photos to look through during our 2.5 hour coach journey back to Krakow.
The following day, was not such a happy visit, however it was simply breathtaking, visiting Auschwitz….

"Work Sets You Free"

“Work Sets You Free”

This was something I had wanted to visit for a very long time, and what I saw really was mind blowing. To put it into words would be extremely difficult, all I can say is go and visit the Auschwitz museum. To think that any person had to go through what these people did, is really not even thinkable, you really cannot know what it feels like to have nothing, when we have everything. The day was one of the biggest eye openers I have ever experienced, and again it is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Here are just a few of the photos I took whilst visiting the camp.

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40,000 pairs of shoes taken from the prisoners

40,000 pairs of shoes taken from the prisoners

As I have already said, it was a truly mind blowing experience, and I would really suggest you to visit there and learn more about what these people had to go through.

 

Time flew by very fast, and before we knew it, it was the end of our weekend. I had a fantastic time away, and I hope you enjoyed reading about my mini break. I will leave you with one of my favourite holiday snaps! Make sure you leave a comment below 😀

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