So, this July it was our 1 year anniversary and Manny’s birthday so I decided to plan a trip away! The question was, where?! At first I thought I would find a pretty village in England where we could do some walking and eat lots of pub food but then I stumbled upon a deal online…The deal was to go to Krakow and visit Auschwitz, yes we know, not the most romantic thing but we both love history and I knew it was something Manny would appreciate.
After doing some research I found that it would actually be much better (and cheaper) to book everything myself.
I found a gorgeous apartment online – for an amazing price and by May everything was booked, I just had to keep it all a secret!
Before we left my mum said ‘be prepared for things to go wrong!’ but everything fell completely into place. I’d organised airport transfers both ways and everything was just so easy. The main thing I was worried about was the apartment not living up to the pictures but it was stunning and amazing value for money!
We stayed in Krakow for three nights and we spent the first two days exploring the city. On our first night, we stumbled upon the main square almost accidentally as we didn’t realise how close we were and it was beautiful! Every night there was an incredible atmosphere, live music and lots of people.
Eating out was super cheap and we definitely made the most of it. One morning we had planned on eating in and making pancakes for breakfast but unfortunately what we had thought we’d bought as flour was actually potato starch! So we ended up eating out for every meal.
I booked our tour of Auschwitz for the day before we flew home and I chose the morning tour as I thought it would be nice for us to have the evening to do a final bit of exploring. We were picked up from right outside our apartment at 7am and taken by minibus to the camp. It was an hour journey and we were shown a haunting documentary on the way. It seemed very fitting that unlike the rest of our time in Poland that was very sunny, as we set off it started raining and this continued for the duration of our time at the camp.
It was actually very surreal being there, seeing the brutal conditions that so many had lived in and where so many innocent people had died. We had an English tour guide and although most of us already know a lot about Auschwitz and what happened, Manny and I both learnt a lot of things from the tour.
One of the most haunting moments for me was seeing all of the belongings that had been taken from the prisoners – particularly the vast piles of hair that had been taken from people.
Auschwitz is somewhere I have always wanted to visit and I know that both Manny and I will not forget what we learnt and saw. We booked our tour through Viator and I definitely recommend the company, everything was so easy!
Overall, we had a wonderful first trip away together and it has definitely made look forward to a future filled with travel! We both really recommend visiting Krakow, it is a beautiful city and completely underrated.
If you are planning a trip and have any questions at all, get in touch! For more pictures you can also check out our Instagram @whenanniemetmanny x