On my daughter’s school visit to the concentration camps and the Stasi prison in Berlin, the organisers wisely added lighter activities to the agenda, including a swimming stop at a tropical island inside a Nazi hangar – and a tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine. Leonardo, in salt! 40 years ago, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural […]
If you happen to be floating down the tranquil river Wisla, head off at the little branch called the Nogat, and you’ll come to a Gothic fairytale fortress and some intriguing Malbork Castle history, murder included! Disembark on the opposite bank, and this imposing 13th century fortified monastery is all you’ll see. The view is […]
Welcome back to Poland. I’ve written about Gdansk and Warsaw earlier. Today, we’re heading south, to Krakow. Like Warsaw, Krakow’s Historic Centre is a World Heritage site, to be specially preserved for future generations. Here’s UNESCO’s take: The historic centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal […]
An Auschwitz-Birkenau tour is a bit like being guided through an industrial site. And in a sense, it was. Mass murder on an industrial scale. What’s unfathomable is how many believed this was right.
The gorgeous Ligurian Riviera was a major player in our Instagram gallery last month, so you will have seen some of these photos recently. But it wasn’t all about Italy. Poland, Sweden and Switzerland feature among our most popular ‘grams of April, as well.
In the centre of Gdansk’s Old Town is the 13th century Długi Targ – Long Market. Was Freistadt Danzig, the city’s name between the two world wars, this picturesque? Well, it didn’t look like this. Most of Gdansk was completely destroyed during World War II, and was rebuilt in the 1950s and 60s in a… well, I’m not sure exactly […]