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(Mother Nature Network)   Although taking a vacation in a Polish salt mine doesn't sound all that appealing, this one is actually pretty cool   ( mnn.com) divider line
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2017-12-02 08:58:24 AM  
🎶Vacation in a salt mine
Goin' down, down.
Vacation in a salt mine
Whew! About to slip down🎼
 
2017-12-02 10:49:49 AM  
Whoa!

I expected a plain old salt mine, which is impressive in itself. Nice work, Poles!
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2017-12-02 10:50:50 AM  
I'm Polish, and my wife and I had our honeymoon in Poland as part of a surprisingly neat bus tour through European countries (about 10 years ago).  Had the opportunity to go to the salt mines, but thought, can't be worth it.  Been kicking myself ever since, because it seems there are so many articles recently about them.
 
2017-12-02 10:52:06 AM  
I was expecting an online gaming thing.
 
2017-12-02 10:56:11 AM  
According to the resort's site: "...there is no pollution in which the environment on the surface abounds today; there are no allergens, bacteria and fungi, or harmful electromagnetic radiation, either."

Some how, I doubt that.  Extremophiles are a thing and can live in water with high salinity.
 
2017-12-02 11:12:18 AM  
Better than an active Russian asbestos mine.
 
2017-12-02 11:13:45 AM  
so... does this mean i shouldn't pee in the corners of the hotel room like i normally do?
 
2017-12-02 11:42:28 AM  
My wife and I visited Berchtesgaden 10 years ago and the salt mine was one of the highlights. It was awesome to see such an extensive old defunct mine. Some of the chambers were absolutely enormous!
 
2017-12-02 11:52:42 AM  
I've been there.  Totally worth it.  They even have concerts down there.  Apparently it was used as a sanitarium for folks with asthma or other breathing problems.  The place is practically sterile because of the salt and the air is quite dry.
 
2017-12-02 01:59:40 PM  

pehvbot: They even have concerts down there.


Do you want Balrogs? Because that's how you get Balrogs.
 
2017-12-02 02:15:34 PM  
Anyone who visits Europe should try to get to Krakow. There is history that reaches back to the stone ages. They have an incredible main square. There are the mines. It's worth spending some time in Nowa Huta to see an attempt by the USSR to build the perfect communist city. Of course Auschwitz-Birkenau isn't too far away and while that isn't fun or beautiful, it really is worth the visit.

Before I lived in Europe, like a lot of Americans thinking of Europe for me was limited pretty much to Western Europe. I can honestly say now I prefer Central/Eastern Europe. It's full of just as many amazing things to see and do but at lower cost with better service.
 
2017-12-02 02:50:50 PM  

Lodger: I'm Polish, and my wife and I had our honeymoon in Poland as part of a surprisingly neat bus tour through European countries (about 10 years ago).  Had the opportunity to go to the salt mines, but thought, can't be worth it.  Been kicking myself ever since, because it seems there are so many articles recently about them.


If only you'd been a fan of "Modern Marvels" back then.  It was featured in the salt mines episode:

The History of Salt Mines documentary
Youtube YTkqrlkrUHk
 
2017-12-02 03:20:01 PM  
was there in 2001.  They have a bar down there.  The only time I drank 1000 feet under ground.  Amazing place. Totally worth seeing.
 
2017-12-02 03:35:46 PM  

SpaceyCat: According to the resort's site: "...there is no pollution in which the environment on the surface abounds today; there are no allergens, bacteria and fungi, or harmful electromagnetic radiation, either."

Some how, I doubt that.  Extremophiles are a thing and can live in water with high salinity.


There are also people; which are rife with allergens, bacteria, fungi, and carry personal electronic devices everywhere they go.
 
2017-12-02 04:18:30 PM  
Wieliczka? Yeah, totally worth it. Spectacular place. Poland is a great place to visit, all sorts of cool shiat there. I was there about a decade ago, and back then the history still felt really fresh- the Soviets suppressed most discussion about the Nazi atrocities, and of course their own, so after communism collapsed, there was a whole lot of digging through archives to work through what had happened over the last 60 years, and to memorialize and pick up all the pieces. New museums, brand new monuments to things like the Katyn forest massacre everywhere you turned, so on and so forth. And yeah, you do have to see stuff like Auschwitz. It would be good if everyone had to go there at least once in their lives.
 
2017-12-02 05:12:03 PM  

cptjeff: And yeah, you do have to see stuff like Auschwitz. It would be good if everyone had to go there at least once in their lives.


Phrasing?

Lots of people had to go there...once....

/aisle seat, first class upgrade though
 
2017-12-02 05:56:49 PM  

Polish Hussar: Lodger: I'm Polish, and my wife and I had our honeymoon in Poland as part of a surprisingly neat bus tour through European countries (about 10 years ago).  Had the opportunity to go to the salt mines, but thought, can't be worth it.  Been kicking myself ever since, because it seems there are so many articles recently about them.

If only you'd been a fan of "Modern Marvels" back then.  It was featured in the salt mines episode:

[YouTube video: The History of Salt Mines documentary]


Thanks!  And again, kicking myself...
 
2017-12-02 06:11:23 PM  

Lodger: Polish Hussar: Lodger: I'm Polish, and my wife and I had our honeymoon in Poland as part of a surprisingly neat bus tour through European countries (about 10 years ago).  Had the opportunity to go to the salt mines, but thought, can't be worth it.  Been kicking myself ever since, because it seems there are so many articles recently about them.

If only you'd been a fan of "Modern Marvels" back then.  It was featured in the salt mines episode:

[YouTube video: The History of Salt Mines documentary]

Thanks!  And again, kicking myself...


No problem, watching "Modern Marvels" has served me well over the years.  For instance, I got into scotch thanks to their first distilleries episode (the scotch section starts at the 19:08 mark).


Modern Marvels Distilleries
Youtube zCjmdnm3f0Q

If I ever visit the old country, I definitely want to visit these mines.
 
2017-12-02 06:20:35 PM  

stoolpigeon: I can honestly say now I prefer Central/Eastern Europe. It's full of just as many amazing things to see and do but at lower cost with better service.


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What Central and Eastern Europe are you visiting?

// the mines in TFA are cool
 
2017-12-02 06:47:08 PM  

Lorenzo Von Matterhorn: was there in 2001.  They have a bar down there.  The only time I drank 1000 feet under ground.  Amazing place. Totally worth seeing.


Went in 2016. You descend 1,000 feet down via wooden stairs which was OK. But the way back up in a tiny soviet era "elevator" way overpacked with people  was a bit scary. Totally worth it.

Visit Krakow everyone. I only went for the salt mine but ended up spending extra time in Krakow.
 
2017-12-03 01:16:33 AM  
I went last summer.  Phenomenal place.  Got a rosary made out of the salt, and some salt rocks for grinding.  Lovely flavour.  Also, the guide said the walls were salt, and that if we didn't believe him we could lick them and find out for ourselves.  I may licked one of the walls.
 
2017-12-03 05:44:40 PM  

Cajnik: stoolpigeon: I can honestly say now I prefer Central/Eastern Europe. It's full of just as many amazing things to see and do but at lower cost with better service.

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What Central and Eastern Europe are you visiting?

// the mines in TFA are cool


Every time I went people were incredibly friendly and would bend over backwards to please you. Compare that to say Paris and you have your answer.
 
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