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Photo Samples, Europe 2

Dublin (Ireland), Northern Ireland and southern Poland

 

Europe is definitely less "exotic" than Africa and Asia. On the other hand, Europe is the cultural centre of the world, at least if we think about the last 1000-1500 years. A continent not to be missed if you are the least interested in history. And, it certainly doesn't harm the adventure that much of Europe can been enjoyed in a short, visa-free week. Great for short trips.

Sadly, a very present-day part of European history is the Nazi regime of the 1930'ies and 40'ies. The remains of the dreaded KZ camps is most evident in the Auswitsch-Birkenau, close to Krakow in southern Poland. It's certainly not the most spectacular sight in the word, but by far the most moving one.Staring at the personal items of the millions of Jews Hitler killed is not for the faint-hearted or the very sensitive souls. Still, how sad it may be, it's a part of our history, and it's important that the place stays as it used to be - to remint us that it must never happen again, regardless if the bad guys are Communists, Islamic State or other idiots.

As usual, all photos are © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

Dublin has a pleasant musical atmosphere. In the Temple Street District, there is a good chance to bump into some great stuff for the ears. Republic of Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Like these guys in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland. They were really good! © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of several musical icons of Dublin: The late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame; Dublin, Republic of Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Street vegetables; Dublin, Republic of Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Classic lamp post; Dublin, Republic of Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Light pole inscription; Dublin, Republic of Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The trade mark of Belfast: The long wall separating the Ctholics from the protestants; Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A more peaceful part of Belfast, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of the famous sons of Northern Ireland: George Best, likely to be the best player ever never to appear at the world cup. The rest of the NI team didn't quite live up to his standards. He died in 2005 after decades of alcohol cunsumption. Belfast, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Catholic propaganda, close to the wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

More Catholic propaganda; Belfast, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The coast line of Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Giants Causeway in the very north of, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Giants Causeway close-up, Northern Ireland. Note the hexagonal shape of the rock crystals. Looks great. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Coast line at Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. Within 30 minutes, the weather changed from sunny to windy, rainy, hails, and back to sunny. Very labile weather, indeed. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Street through Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The local highlight: The Bushmill distillery, the oldest legal whisky distillery in the world. Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Old gun at the city wall of Derry (ex Londonderry), Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Giant painting of Bernadette Peters, one of several revolutionaries shot dead by the British. Tension still remains to this day. Derry (ex Londonderry), Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Guernica the Irish Way; Derry (ex Londonderry), Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bogside of Derry (ex Londonderry) contains some very strange pieces of art, including some B/W murals on the facade of apartment buildings. This one, nicked "The Petrol Bomber", was the the first and, probably, the best made by the same collective of artists. Northern Ireland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The beautiful central square of Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Catholic cathedral of Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Inside the cathedral of Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

KrakowSomewhere on the central square; , Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Art on display; Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The desk of oskar Schindler, the man who single-handedly saved hundreds of Jewish lives through his factories. Yes, this is the guy who earned Stephen Spielberg his Oscar when he made the great "Schindler's List". Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Jewish cemetary, Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Jewish "Kletzmer" music is still live and well. These three guys were terrific musicians. Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Inside a Jewish synagogue; Krakow, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The infamous gate of Birkenau where most of the killings were done in the 1940'ies. Southern Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Train wagon used for transporting Jewish "prisoners" to thei sad fate. Birkenau, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Of the two neighbouring cvamps, Auswitsch and Birkenau, Auswitsch is the smaller, but the most moving. Here, we see all the barracks used for housing the Jewish prisoners, as well as all their remains, from prostetic limbs to whigs and suitcases. Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of several rooms for the Jews; Auswitsch, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Empto cans for Cyclone B, the poison used to kill thousands of Jews, mostly in Birkenau. These are in Auswitsch; Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Old suicases belonging to a tiny part of the victims. Very moving indeed, as suddenly they become much more than just names on a list. They were real. Auswitsch, Poland. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Prostetic limbs from some of the victims of the gas chambers of Birkenau, Poland. The limbs are found in Auswitsch. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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