Europe 2012

In 2012, I went to Europe for 80 days, 3 Jul – 20 Sep.  It was amazing.

Prague is no longer Europe's best kept secret

Prague is no longer Europe’s best kept secre

7 Countries during my visit including Czech Republic where this photo was taken.  We need more castles in America … they would be architectural wonders, however, the charm would be lacking because there would be no real history.  The bridge in the Photo was completed in the 14th century.

Taking the train in Europe is so 1980s.  Learn about Ryan Air and Easy Jet when planning your Europe vacation

Taking the train in Europe is so 1980s. Learn about Ryan Air and Easy Jet when planning your Europe vacation

This is the central station in Prague.  An 8×10 of this photo adorns one of the walls in my mother’s living room, giving the place a little bit of culture.

Berlin where euro fifty Berliners, two euro currywurst, and 3 euro Kebabs meet any travelers nourishment requirements.

Berlin where euro fifty Berliners, two euro currywurst, and 3 euro Kebabs meet any travelers nourishment requirements.

I paid tribute to God’s chosen people at places like Auschwitz, Plazsow, Krakow, Munich, and Sauchenhausen.

Perhaps the most infamous words in human language.  Work makes you free.

Perhaps the most infamous words in human language. Work makes you free.

Spilled my blood in Poland at Plazsow, the prisoner camp made famous by Steven Spielberg in the Film Schindler’s List.  Attempting to take the photo shown below.

The house used by Amon Goeth, played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List, in Krakow, Poland.

The house used by Amon Goeth, played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List, in Krakow, Poland.

I had a pretty nasty cut on my left palm requiring 6 stiches at the Krakow Emergency Room.  I did not have insurance nor did I have the money to pay.  I received the medical care and gave them my address in America.  The bill is around $200 U.S.  I need to return to Krakow some day to pay the bill because they send me a bill in Polish and I’m not confident the bill will be paid … its not the easiest thing to pay this bill … do I write them a check in zloty?  Do I send them cash?  A money order?  It’s a debt I owe in life and I’m very fortunate to have full functionality of my hand because it was a nasty cut.

The house in the photo is the actual house Amon Goeth used when he was camp commander.  You can just see the railing of the balcony on the second floor made immensely famous by Spielberg in Schindler’s List.  Hollywood makes history in the 20th century and beyond.  The depictions in the movie of prisoner’s being shot from the balcony were used to emphasize Goeth’s cruelty … not necessarily to accurately portray events.

The concentration camp in closest proximity to Berlin.  It was used as a "showcase" to the international community on the "humane" treatment of prisoners.

The concentration camp in closest proximity to Berlin. It was used as a “showcase” to the international community on the “humane” treatment of prisoners.

I certainly have many more photos of my EuroTrip 2012.  These are some of my favorites.

 

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