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Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk July 10th 2014

Next stop in Poland was the city of Gdańsk, a city that has been fought over since its beginning in the year 997. It developed as a port over the centuries with the Germans arrived from Lübeck in the early 13th century, the first of many to come. The Teutonic Order (a group of warrior monks, similar to the Templar order in many ways came to this part of Europe to spread the teaching of the Catholic Church often resorting to the sword as the primary means of education) in 1308 seized the city and turned it into a major trade center joining the Hanseatic League in 1361. After losing a significant battle in 1410 the Teutonic Order began to lose its hold on this part of Poland. The local population in 1454 decided that they ... read more
While Sailing to Gdańsk
The entrance to the Kanal Portowy and the Wisla River is a busy place
We dipped our ensign as a sign of respect

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Leba June 10th 2014

We just completed a 31 hour crossing from the town of Stralsund in Germany to Leba, Poland. When you leave Stralsund you must wait for a bridge opening so we left the harbor about 8AM for an 8:20AM opening time. It reminded us of the many bridge openings we had waited for on our trip down the East coast going through the ICW back in 2010. We looked like ducklings all in a row as we waited patiently (and some not quite so patiently) for the opening and then “marched through” so we could continue our journey. You then enter a very large lake which we crossed before going out to the Baltic again. Using this route saves quite a bit of time and keeps you in more protected waters. It is a lovely large shallow ... read more
At 1AM It Is Still Light Enough
2 AM It Is Even Lighter
2:30AM Was Much Brighter

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk August 25th 2013

My friend Ashlee from my village in California joined me this week. We spent a week in Warsaw and then went to Gdansk, Poland on the Baltic Sea. Here is more about Gdansk if you are interested: read more

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk July 14th 2013

We have said it before but what a difference a good night’s sleep does getting you ready for the days adventures ahead. We had thought that we and a Russian family were the only people staying in the guest house as apart from a little noise at some stage after we went to bed we didn’t hear anything else until we went down for breakfast. Gretchen had ‘met ‘the Russian guy in the kitchen last night when doing the dishes, while he was looking for a bottle opener. However, at breakfast there was another family group who sounded Polish plus the Russians. We all obviously spoke different languages so there wasn’t any chat amongst the tables over breakfast. We could have taken the train into Gdansk but we wanted to stop off at Sopot, Poland’s favourite ... read more
Sopot beach
Grand Hotel,Sopot
Market Square,Sopot

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdynia July 13th 2013

The rain of yesterday had sorted of cleared but the sky was still overcast and the temperature remained cool leaving no other option but to stay in longs and sneakers. We took a look at the lagoon as we left to drive south towards two attractions today hoping that at least one would work for us before we drove north to our next stay for 2 nights in Gdynia,north of Gdansk(formerly known in East Prussian days as Danzig).Had we had more time we might have taken a walk to explore the area a bit more but we wanted to get on in case we found we had enough time to do both the things on our list today. First in our sights was the Elblag canal about 40 minutes down the road in a rural location.The ... read more
The Elblag canal incline out of action
Malbork castle
Inner courtyard,Malbork Castle


Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Elganowo May 28th 2012

Today was a very important day. Very fulfilling and I'm sure it was a very special Mother's day for mom. We would be travelling to her grandparent's villages. We had already visited the Archives in Krakow and submitted a search for the Foyt's (fojt) orgin. When we return to Krakow June 4th I will check on the progress of the investigation. After breakfast I went to pick up the car that was not far from the square where it was parked overnight. In the garage I found I could not get the car into reverse gear. I actually put it in neutral and twisted the wheel to get it back enough so that I could turn it safely out of the lot and drive it up the ramp where mom and dad were waiting. OK, so ... read more
Praying outside the church
After Mass
Little girls

Europe » Poland » Pomerania May 1st 2012

Motorhome News from Poland 1 28th April 2012 Germany, The Pied Piper of Hamelin - and along the Baltic Sea coast into eastern Poland. A weasel gambolled across the lawn on the morning before we left our home in Suffolk, prancing in and out of the flower-beds and along the patio by the front door. A badger lay dead immediately outside our front gate, stiff and cold from a night at freezing temperatures and a hundred metres along the road crows pecked at the carcass of a roe deer beside a freshly killed fox in the middle of the road. It's not as if there's a lot of traffic in our neck of the woods but it seems it is a major predator. This was not the best send-off for two wildlife enthusiasts en route for ... read more
Hameln (Hamelin) Germany
Beechwoods at Kartuzy
Jantar - Gdansk Bay

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk March 16th 2012

Home, sweet home;) 5 rano... buraczki i inne warzywa wesoło podskakują we wrzątku szykując się na 1 polską kolacje... Moje poczucie czasu fiknęło koziołka i nie wiem czy to pora aby jeszcze spać czy już powinnam szykować się do obiadu? Pewnie już zauważyliście ze zmienił się narrator;) Nie martwcie się to pierwszy i ostatni raz;) Wojtka poczucie obowiązku i zapewne chęć nadrobienia nie małych kwot wydanych na wyjeździe pchnęły go do tak desperackiego kroku jak pójście do pracy po 2 dobach podróży powrotnej. Mi natomiast przykazał napisanie podsumowania naszego wyjazdu... no nic, będę próbować ;) Wybierając się w miejsca położone w równikowych rejonach Azji należy być przygotowanym na trzy rzeczy, wszechogarniające wrażenie ze powietrze się ścięło jak serwatka na gotowanym mleku a ty siedzisz w tym... read more
Jeszcze raz Cameron Highlands
Basia z workiem prowiantu

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk February 28th 2012

Nikogo kto nas zna nie zdziwi chyba fakt, że już od 4 dni jestesmy spakowani :). Tak. Plecaki stoją i czekają a my już wiemy, że zmieścimy w nich cały dobotek. Plan mówi, że odlecieć z Gdańska do Monachium powinnismy jutro 16.45. Z tamtąd parenaście godzin lotu i jesteśmy w Singapurze. Na Singapur mamy 3 dni i 2 noce. Być może potem ślad po nas się urwie bo tylko tam jesteśmy pewni WiFi w pokoju hotelowym. Potem może być różnie. Rodzinne miasto żegna nas chmurami. Według prognoz Singapur nie powita lepiej. Tylko temperatura jest tam o 30 stopni Celsjusza wyzsza. Taka mała różnica.... read more

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Kwidzyn August 7th 2011

On this beautiful morning in Poland we drove in heavy traffic through woodland, clusters of lakes and cultivated farmland en route to our first destination, Olsztyn. By now we were well north and noticed the roadside fruit stalls had been replaced by a lone figure sitting with a bucket or two of potatoes and onions on the roadside. It would be very hard to stop at these points without causing havoc for following vehicles, as following distances in Poland seem to be pretty tight most of the time. Olsztyn was a very pleasant stop, with time to look around the well-presented old town and castle. On this fine Sunday the town square was filled with what seemed to be ice-cream eating local families and some tourists, all enjoying the sun. We needed to leave this scene ... read more
Old town entrance, Olsztyn
Old town Olsztyn

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