A Great Trip to Krakow
Over the Easter holiday, forty pupils visited Krakow in
Over the Easter holiday, forty pupils from year seven all the way up to the 6th form visited Krakow in
Getting up at 3.00 a.m. for a 4.15 a.m. departure for Liverpool airport was a shock to the system, I must say, but by the time we arrived in
Our guide, Ewa, met us at the airport and it was a bit like meeting an old friend, as she had been our guide on the last trip. She was, yet again, an excellent guide. We started off with a guide of old
|Probably my favourite visit at the square was to St Mary’s church, which is truly awe inspiring and the most beautiful church inside. Throughout the day, the lone trumpeter can be heard every hour from the top of the church. Legend has it that while the city was under attack, a watchman positioned at the top of the church’s tower took up the trumpet to warn of approaching marauders, but his warning was cut short when a well-aimed arrow pierced his throat. Nowadays, the trumpeter, provided by the local fire brigade, plays a sombre melody every hour, stopping at the precise moment when the watchman was killed.|| |
The next day, we visited the castle with its amazing views over the wall and city, taking particular care not to upset the fire breathing dragon and the Jewish ghetto of Kazimerz. This is where much of the film, Schindler’s List, was filmed and close by is the original Schindler’s factory. Boys are always very moved by references to the holocaust and took time to sit and think in the memorial to Jews who lost their lives in Krakow at the site of the
|The only part of the original ghetto wall|| |
|The infamous entrance to Auschwitz|
Probably, the most emotionally draining day was the visit to
This, I believe, is something that everybody should try to do in their lifetime. Man’s inhumanity to man never ceases to amaze me and these camps are testament to that. The boys on our trip were very interested and moved by this experience.
The iconic gateway to
|Birkenau was made to look like a train station|| |
This shows where the “selection “process took place.
|A moment to reflect||Arial View of Auschwitz|
On our next day, we enjoyed a more light-hearted tour down the Weiliczka salt mine. Again, an amazing experience! The hour took us on a two mile tour of the tunnels which periodically open out into amazing carved chapels and rooms full of eerie crystalline shapes and chandeliers. I was rather amused by Jack Sharpen who insisted on licking the rocks to check how salty they were. The highlight of the mines was the Blessed Kinga’s Chapel, 135 metres underground. Everything in this ornate chapel is carved from salt, including stairs, banisters, altar and chandeliers. The carving depicts the last supper is amazing. The salt mines put me in mind of what I imagine the mines of Moria from ‘Lord of the Rings’ would look like. Amazing!
The group down the mine.
Throughout our trip, we visited Polish restaurants and enjoyed traditional Polish food. No burgers and chips to be seen! Hurrah! We were delighted to get cheese soup one night, especially made for us because we had enjoyed it so much last time. I tried to get the recipe, but was told it was secret!
The boys on the trip were a delight; good humoured, attentive and interested. I cannot begin to imagine how many photographs Jack Sharpen and Elliott Kenny took but it must run into three figures! Could they be the next Karsh of Ottawa?! Ewa, our guide, praised the boys for their behaviour throughout, commenting that in normal circumstances, she would not take on such a large group. The boys did themselves and