Below is a map that you can use to orient yourself through the upcoming blog posts. Knowing world geography is not most Americans' strong points, so I thought it would be helpful to start with a map that shows you the location of Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, and Austria. I presume you know how to find Italy!
We will start this trip in the charming town of Ljubljana, Slovenia. You will find it very close to the Italian border.
The next town that we will visit is Bratislava, Slovakia. Look for Vienna and you will find Bratislava. Slovakia borders Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. Can you imagine building a wall around that country???
After Bratislava, we will travel to Krakow, Poland. Krakow is in the southern part of the country and holds the purpose of this trip, which is to visit Auschwitz, which is about an hour south west of Krakow.
We then leave Poland and travel to to the small town of Durnstein, Austria, which is not on the map. The town is on the Danube, which is green not blue.
Anyway, the trip ends in Bassano del Grappa back in Italy and then we headed home. We spent two days in each town, except for Krakow where we stayed 3 nights.
Lots of time in the car, but the scenery and conversation were always interesting. We took our car but the Stoic One happily shared the driving with Luther, who is also conveniently fluent in German. Nancy, who planned the trip, and Chole, our GPS kept us on track. I tried not to ask "Are we there yet?" too many times.