Not much to mention about the trip to Auschwitz except that it was a vast improvement on road conditions as soon as I entered Poland and that I bumped into the Polish GS riders, that I had previously met in Aral, at the border crossing.
I had booked hotel Olecki using booking.com having seen good reviews and the fact it was right by the gates to camp 1. I knew I wouldn't have much time so this was ideal.
The reviews were well justified. If you find yourself out this way, I can wholeheartedly recommend this place. They have a garage to hold bikes, most staff speak English, the food is very good, the staff are very helpful, the room I got was excellent, and it is literally across the road from the entrance to Camp 1.
I got there about 3:30, having left early in order to do just that and was already walking round the camp by 4pm. There is no entrance charge if you do not join a tour group..... which is not mandatory, despite what the web says.
What follows is a photo log of my walk round the camp and I will try to give you my impression as to the experience at the end.
First, the hotel and parking
I walked over the road and into the camp.....and to the museum. Acquired a camp map (1 & 2) and then followed the recommended route around the camps.....yes, there is a prescribed route and everyone is recommended to visit Camp 1 before the newer Camp 2.
I originally posted many images I took while walking round Camp 1 (Auschwitz) And Camp 2 (Birkenau) but I have removed them now. There are much better photographs on the internet and I decided not to dwell on this aspect of the trip.