Here comes the rain again,Falling on my head like a memory;Falling on my head like a new emotion. The Eurythmics Very appropriate today to start
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing;Onward! the sailors cry… We woke up this morning before 7.00am (early for a Sunday morning!) after
I must go down to the sea again,To the lonely sea and the sky “Sea Fever” – John Masefield What can I say? Today we
RMS Olympic is probably most famous for being one of the sisters of the Titanic. She was built in 1910 and scrapped on the Tyne in 1937. Before she was dismantled completely, many of the fittings and artworks were auctioned. The then-owner of The White Swan bought the Olympic’s first-class dining room and transported it to the hotel, reconstructing it in all its splendour.
The Wieliczka salt mine, excavated from the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. Today, it serves as a tourist attraction and is utterly astonishing.
Although we had never been to Auschwitz before, it all looked horribly familiar due to TV and media exposure, particularly when we came to the camp gates with the infamous ARBEIT MACHT FREI sign above them. This translates as “work sets you free” as the prisoners arriving at the camp believed they were being sent there to do hard labour.
Our first visit was to the park at Wawel (pronounced Vavel) Hill to see the legendary Wawel Dragon statue. The statue was designed by Polish sculptor Bronisław Chromy and completed in 1969; it was installed in its present location in 1972. It contains a natural gas supply and is set to ignite roughly every five minutes, leading to its fiery breath! We had noticed, in souvenir shops, there were lots of dragon ornaments and plush dragon soft toys, and now we knew why.