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Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk May 22nd 2019

I’ve been looking forward to today’s visit to Gdańsk. Having studied East European Studies, a visit to the European Solidarity Centre is my highlight of the trip. I did not sleep well; yesterday’s pierogi gave me wicked indigestion. But at least the hot water is back so I can have a bath. Suitably refreshed, we set off on the 7/S7/E77/DK7 ‘sometimes I’m a road sometimes I’m a motorway’ combo. It takes 4 hours to reach Gdańsk – we have now driven the length of Poland, from the Tatras to the Baltic. Today the old man refuses to stop en route, so by the time we arrive, I am so thirsty I feel like I’m going to shrivel up like the Wicked Witch of the West. Gdańsk holds a pivotal place in European history. As the German ... read more
Gdańsk shipyard Gate No 2
Gdańsk shipyard memorial
European Solidarity Centre - clocking in

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk May 15th 2019

We are currently on the coach back to the ship following our stop in Poland and the old town of Gdansk. The journey from the port is around one hour by coach and we utilised the princess tour "gdansk on your own". The tour guide, initially, walked us from the coach to the old town and seemed to go on and on before us and others actually insisted that she just tell us what time go be back and let us go explore. We didn't want a walking guided tour! Gdansk is completely walkable once you are in the old town... most places will NOT take anything but the local currency but there are places to change money dotted all over. We did, eventually, find a thimble and flags and even managed to use Euros to ... read more

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk November 28th 2018

After the frustrations on the visit that never was to Westerplatte, we were back on the WW2 trail this morning on our final day. Fortunately the geography was much simpler this time and it was a mere 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. We stored our bags after check out and set off. A few spots of rain fell and threatened to dampen the mood, but it soon blew over. When the Free City of Danzig was formed under the Treaty of Versailles, a postal base was established for the new Polish nation. It was considered extraterritorial Polish land. The building used on Hevelius Square was originally built as a German Military Hospital, but from 1930 the main section became the Polish Post Office. It employed about 100 people, although a number of those were part ... read more
Polish Post Office Monument, Gdansk
WW2 Museum, Gdansk
Central Library, Gdansk

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Sopot November 27th 2018

We awoke to a bright blue sky. The low clouds of yesterday blown away in the sudden downpour after returning from Stadion Energa. The breakfast in the Hotel Farenheit was top rate. The only minor drawback was the speed at which the coffee machine dispensed it’s latte. We sent the Main in the Middle off in an advance party to prepare the beverages. The other two are always keen on a boat trip, so when I suggested a gentle meander along the river towards the sea they were both up for it. The target was the peninsula at Westerplatte. Westerplatte was the site of minor Polish military fortifications in 1939 that had been sanctioned in the Free City by the Treaty of Versailles, as the world stumbled to another major conflict. It was here that the ... read more
Sopot Pier
Sopot Pier
Sopot Pier

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk November 26th 2018

The Man in the Middle was back in the crew for this trip. He had a surplus of holiday days to use before the end of 2018, so the motor trade was going to have to survive without him for a short while. He provided the usual practice for the security staff, as they deemed him Public Enemy Number 1. The beanie hat is always worthy of good scrutiny and he was given the full rub down and body massage before being allowed safe passage to a foreign land. We were in the minority of tourists on the large capacity Wizzair Boeing 737, the majority being Polish nationals on their way back the homeland for a holiday or maybe because they had tired of watching the Brexit circus unfold and had decided to vacate the country ... read more
Town Hall, Gdansk
Gdansk
Gdansk

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk July 18th 2018

Bonjour à tous, Aujourd’hui que du soleil, une superbe journée. Gdansk, 456 000 habitants, agglomération un peu de 1 million, situé sur la mer Baltique c’est la 6 ème ville de Pologne. Cette ville comme les 3 capitales Baltes, Tallinn, Riga, et Vilnius, 4 villes sur la Baltique se sont développées grâce aux échanges commerciaux dus à leur ports, mais Gdansk (Gdunsk en Cahoube langue Slave) à toujours été la plus importante. Comme les autres,ballotées, entre la Prusse, les Russes, les Allemands de nouveau les Russes, jusqu’à ce que la Pologne devienne totalement indépendante en 1989. Les premières révoltes des ouvriers des chantiers navals commencèrent en 1970. En 1980 Solidarnosc est créé avec son leader Lech Walesa, contre les dirigeants communistes. En 2001 le général Jaruzelski, est condamné pour avoir fait tirer sur les ouvriers. Si ... read more
Gdansk
La Grue en noire
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Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk July 17th 2018

Bonjour à tous, Aujourd’hui, journée au départ simple, mais qui va virée longue, pénible, même tuante. De temps à autre j‘ose me lancer dans le choix de plats locaux, au restaurant. Ceux qui me connaissent, savent comme je suis simple à nourrir. Pour les autres plus tôt chiant le mec. Donc hier soir au menu, il est exceptionnel que je prenne 2 plats. Mais il y a une soupe au fromage et je me lance En fait c’était une sorte de fromage blanc, froid bien sûr, pleine herbes, ciboulette, échalote etc etc ( genre pour les lyonnais cervelle de Canuts). j’y ai à peine touché. Ensuite sans risque, des tagliatelles sauce, je me souviens plus, même punition bourrée d’herbe, là j’ai pu faire un gros tri. Je me suis rattrapé ce matin au pdj. Avec le ... read more
Église de SUWALKI
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l’hôtel

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk June 27th 2018

World War II and shipping history to be precise. We’ve spent the last couple of days in Gdansk with Aidan and Nicholas and had a very interesting time. Although there is only so much of the grim realities of war that you can inflict on 11 and 12 year olds. So we skipped a bit and finished with a couple of real tanks, a US one and a Russian one. The Museum we visited is the very new (opened last year) impressive Museum of WWII. The architecture is stunning with a large central glass and steel structure with a long low building following an actual street that was destroyed. The section for children is very well done following the fortunes of two children living in an apartment and showing what happened within and, using video projection ... read more
Boat/car ride
The Gdansk Eye
The Pirate Ship turning in the river

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk November 27th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! When I woke up this morning Joanna had already left for work so it was a good thing that we said our goodbyes last night. I didn't have much time before my plane would leave for home so my only plan was to walk around a bit in Gdańsk before catching the train to the airport. My aim was to take in the general atmosphere of the city even though I wouldn't have the opportunity to delve deeper into it. The first sight of the city that I came to was the main train station itself, Gdańsk Główny Railway Station, built 1896–1900. It survived both world wars but was damaged by a fire in 1945, it has since been renovated and it's a really beautiful building well worth some attention. As I ... read more
Prison Tower and Torture Chamber
Golden Gate
Neptune's Fountain

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Puck » Hel November 26th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today we travelled the road to Hel! Well, the town of Hel that is, it's a small town located at the tip of the Hel Peninsula in Puck County. It took us a while to drive there and to be honest I wasn't feeling to well so I was drifting in and out of sleep and therefore I wasn't much of a company for Joanna on the road. Once we arrived we were greeted by a strong, cold wind though and thankfully it freshened me up and lifted my spirits, and despite the cold wind the weather was nice and sunny. We parked outside a hostel where Joanna knows the owner, we took a toilet break there and chatted with the nice staff and Joanna showed me a room that is named ... read more
Seal Sanctuary in Hel
Wreck of the Cutter WŁA-55
Firing Cupola in Hel




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