Olomouc

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This is a modern fountain in the big square, from 2001 (I think?) it is among many Baroque statues all over the square. Of course it’s based on a legend.

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Olomouc, Czech Republic

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Highly underrated destination, it says so every where and it really is. Easy to get around, beautiful buildings, even the tallest column which is called the Holy Trinity. (David’s school)
We stayed at our first Hostel of the trip, great time there, mets lots of fun travellers, plus we were there for their annual beerfest. Tons of delicious Czech beers, food and live music. Will send another photo.

Auschwitz

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Tony and David have most of the photos on their cameras. I only took a handful.

Krakow

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No sun, but plenty of flowers in the main square in Krakow. Two great walking tours filled our day, so much to learn. Also toured Auschwitz on our way to Czech Republic. Words cannot express the what we saw there.

Free Chopin concert in the park

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Every Sunday, the city of Warsaw hosts two free concerts from May to September. It was just raining an hour earlier, hence the shade over the piano.

The Little Mercenary….

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…. Is one of many monuments in Warsaw that commemorates the August 1944 uprising of the Polish people against the Nazis. Although the uprising was a partial success at first, the Nazi’s responded with the total destruction of Warsaw, as an example for other European cities.

Torun, Poland

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Taken from the bell tower of the town hall (Rathhaus). Torun is another “must see” if visiting Poland. A little out of the way, but worth the drive. Practice up your Polish, English is limited. Great perogies, but not as good as grandma Proracki’s.

Berlin is also the home of brotherly love

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Also taken from the Berlin Wall, the famous portrait of Soviet leader Brezhnev kissing GDR leader Erich Ho╠łnecker.

Lots of activity in the city this weekend as next weekend is St. Christopher’s Day which is Berlin’s version of Toronto’s “Gay Pride” weekend.

East gallery, Berlin

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Taken from the longest section of the remaining Berlin Wall. It’s amazing that for the most part, the graffiti along the wall is not painted over by other graffiti (artists??). So much of Berlin, and Europe for that matter, is covered by graffiti, most of which is not very appreciated by the majority. As one of our guides mentioned when I asked the meaning of a particular work, “it means this person needs a psychiatrist”.

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

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Obama happened to be here the day before.

Quite an eerie place, very effective.