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Delightful Devon

We arrived at Purshall Hall (England) yesterday, Fudge (the dog) is glad to have me back.

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So this morning the five of us (Heather, Barb, Rob, Mum & me) piled into Heathers car & headed towards Devon on a family history tour. First stop was to Bridgewater Cemetery looking for the grave of my great great grandma Evaleen Roach. Unfortunetly the grave yard was very unkept, we looked but couldn't find the grave. We revisited the Uplowman Church to view the graves of the Chave relatives.

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We managed to find the right road this time to see the home of my great grandma Beta Roach, Sellake. We were extremely lucky the young guy whose family live there & are restoring it showed us around, inside & out. An amazing place you can imagine how it looked in the past.

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Of course we just happened to be going past Bickleigh at lunch time so of course we had to stop in for cream tea.

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Next stop on our tour was Blackawton church, where we found some graves of the Came relatives amongst the sheep keeping the grass down.

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We drove through Streete in search of the house of Richard Came.

And then the sea came into view!!! So we just had to pull in to Blackpool Sands, I was brave enough for a quick paddle it was cold but nice. Unfortunetly what I thought at first view was sand turned out to be pebbles, a little hard to cross but feel I got a good workout & worked off lunch.

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We rounded out our day with fish & chips by the seaside in Dartmouth.

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Today's weather matched the mood

Today was overcast & a bit drizzly but suited what we faced a day tour of Auschwitz Birkenau & the Salt Mine.

Auschwitz Birkenau.......
Words cannot explain how it felt to visit so take a moment to look at the pictures (quickly picked cause it's late & we have a very early start) in silence

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The visit to the salt mine was a different affair, some 378 steps later we arrived in the mine, we snaked through tunnels, admired cathedrals 100 or so meters below the surface, there was salt statues & a lift I'm sure should have only had about 4 people in not 5 to bring us back to the surface. We ended at 135m deep who would have known you where that far underground?

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A Funnicular Kinda Day

Today we escaped the city & headed for the mountains. Thankfully the weather held off today & the only real rain fell when we were on the bus heading back to the city.

As we made our way to the Tatra mountains we stopped at a little wooden village called Chocholow. We went into the cottage of a wood carver, interesting little set up.

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When we arrived in Zakopane we took a flying trip past the ski jump I got a glimpse of it, amazing is the only word but Mum on the other side of the bus missed it (we won't go on about the tour not the best). The part of Zakopane we saw was very touristy, a lot of stalls selling the same dare I say it junk. Would have been interesting to see a little more of this town, the side away from the market stalls, never mind. We caught the Funnicular to the top of Mt Gubalowka some 1,100 in elevation to check the view of the Tatras Mountains. Stunning, amazing, beautiful is the only way to describe it. We wandered around here for an hour or so, browsed a few shops & brought an ice cream before piling back into the bus back to the city.

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When the thunder rolls & the lightening strikes.....

...right in front of you all you can do is laugh at how everyone ducks.

Another big day on foot about 20km or so in the humidy lucky we were pretty much back at our hotel when the storm hit. There's a lot to see but I think we got most of it in there's a limit of how many churches you can admire. We beat the crowds to Wawel & the castle & explored the grounds, marvelled at the buildings in the old town, ate ice cream in the rain, window shopped.

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Suz you may have a lot of songs about you but I bet you don't have a church!! Yes check out my church Corpus Christi (sorry it's so big it didn't all fit in the pic)

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The sobering part of the day was a visit to the Jewish area, it kinda sent shivers down your spine. The chair monument made you stop & think, I was a little disappointed in Oskar Schindlers factory I expected an older building think it may have been rendered. There was the unkept graves & old gravestone walls in the Jewish cemetery.

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The lion sleeps tonight while we sip beer at the zoo!!

Simba was really sleeping, well dozing more to the point. Pumba was running around not wanting to pose for a pic, Timon well he wasn't there. No we didn't jet off to Africa today just spent some time at the Hamburg Zoo. Properly the best zoo I've been too, great selection of animal and the enclosures were barely noticeable. We made sure to pop into the kangaroos and say g'day mate. Even stumbled across some dinosaurs but there conversational skills were pretty non existent. We came across a kiosk selling beer yes beer inside the zoo, we have discovered anything goes in Hamburg.

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Tomorrow we board the train for Poland, my feet & legs are looking forward to a rest day

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