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Oct 3, 2017 - Stutthof Concentration Camp & Gdansk

Day 23 - Tuesday 3rd October - Gdansk, Poland It rained a lot during the night, the first rain we've had since leaving Vilnius on 21st September. We were up early & headed back the six miles to the Concentration Camp to get there when they opened at 8am. Another 7 zlotys for the car park but this at least gave us three hours of parking. As it was we didn't use the three hours. We spent just over two hours wandering around what is left of the old camp. It is all very well set up & organised for people to see some of the horrors of what took...

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The Baltic States

Sep 9, 2017 - Gdansk Redux

After going thru all of our literature on Gdansk last night, we realized that we had missed some things so we are going to revisit some of the places we saw yesterday. But not until we had breakfast at the same restaurant where we ate last night where Judi C had mottled eggs (what we would call poached eggs) with shimp and avocado. She was more adventurous than I. I just had scrambled eggs and a baguette. Our first stop was Church of St. Mary, a must-see per Rick Steves. However there was a service going on so we headed on to our next stop,...

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Sep 8, 2017 - Royal Walk, etc.

The first morning in our Gdansk apartment we both woke up cold - Judi B in the living room (billed as a second bedroom) with 2 blankets and me in the bedroom with one blanket and a jacket - I woke up several times looking for more blankets to no avail. Judi contacted Marcin asking how to turn on the heat. Marcin rang the doorbell to inform us that the city will not turn on the heat until the end of September but he would get us a portable heater to use. So figuring it might be warmer outside than in we quickly were ready to venture out for...

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Sep 7, 2017 - Off to Gdansk

Time to move on to Gdansk. Again we are transported in a Telsa. We were originally told that we had to walk to the end of the street to meet the driver since it is pedestrian only in the Old Town. But 30 minutes before the driver called and said he would pick us up at our apartment. We had noticed that taxis and work vehicles did drive thru Old Town and it would be nice not to have to drag our luggage over the cobblestone street. However, there were more black cars and police are at the end of the street were blocking traffic. Sure enough I...

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Aug 9, 2016 - Gdansk, Poland -- July 3, 2016

The larger Cruise ships need to dock in Gdynia Poland which is about a 45-minute drive from downtown Gdansk. We decided to tour on our own so we took one of the ships shuttle busses to downtown Gdansk. It was a pretty area with a canal and some interesting buildings but it was a weekend and there seemed to be something else going on because it was wall to wall people. We walked around for 45 minutes or so and went back to the bus and returned to the ship. I don’t think I even stopped for an ice cream! As we were heading back to the bus we...

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Cruise of the Baltic

May 29, 2016 - Arrive Gdynia (Gdansk)

Sunday May 29 Around 6:00, we docked at the industrial port of Gdynia, not the typical cruise ship entry. We ate breakfast in the cabin (ordered the night before) so we had plenty of time to get ready for our 7:30 departure. We disembarked around 7:15 to be on the dock in good time and to have a good seat on the tour bus. According to the information we received onboard, Gdansk was one of the most prosperous members of the Hanseatic League in the 1600s and, as such, was a mercantile powerhouse of the Baltic. The city was badly damaged...

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Apr 12, 2016 - The Baltic Sea is calling me!

After returning from Poznań and seeing all the history of that fascinating city, I decided to take a short trip to Gdansk! The train system here seems very easy to use - just sign up for an account online, buy your tickets on your mobile app, scan the barcode when the conductor asks to see your ticket, and voila you are on your way! The new Warszawa Centralna station is incredible - so organized (although I still managed to have quite a few random strangers ask me for help!? Again, I can't tell if I look English speaking, or Polish, or...

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Oct 22, 2012 - Gdańsk

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND In the interest of expediency, here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - Poland chapter on Gdańsk: Like a mini-state all to itself, Gdańsk has a unique feel that sets it aside from all other cities in Poland. Centuries of maritime ebb and flow as a port city; streets of distinctively un-Polish architecture influenced by a united nations of wealthy merchants who shaped the city’s past; the to-ing and fro-ing of Danzig/Gdańsk between Teutonic Prussia and Slavic Poland; and the destruction of WWII have bequeathed this...

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May 2, 2011 - Pologne Coup de coeur

Bonjour, Je veux d’abord me confesser (dans ce pays c’est encore très populaire) que j’avais beaucoup de préjugés à l’égard de ce pays avant mon entré. Après avoir visité 2 des 5 villes sur mon itinéraire, Cracovie et Varsovie, l’ancienne et la nouvelle capitale, j’avoue que la Pologne est mon coup de cœur depuis le début de mon voyage qui inclus les Canaries, la Sardaigne, la Corse et la Géorgie. Pourquoi? Je m’y sens très bien, les 2 villes sont très relaxantes, les gens sont beaux et très gentils, c’est ici que j’ai eu le plus de...

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Encore l'Europe

Sep 6, 2010 - Gdansk, Poland

Today, the Star Princess docked in Gdynia, Poland and we took a Princess tour to the city of Gdansk (formerly called Danzig) about an hour's drive away. On the way, we passed the shipyard where Lech Wollenska began the Solidarity movement. We were able to get a couple of shots of the Solidarity Monument from the bus window. The old walled city of Gdansk was greatly damaged by bombing during WWII but has been painstakingly restored. We entered the city through the ancient Green Gate into an area known as the Long Market. This street and...

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May 5, 2010 - Berlin to Gdansk

Travel day today. Up early to catch the S train into the city. We have to catch an 8am train to Szczecin Glowny, and then get another train from Szczecin to Gdansk. We arrived in Szczecin around 10am, pretty much on time and had about 30 mins until our connection. It was only when we went to grab something to eat that we realized we were already in Poland, prices of everything were in Zlotski the Polish currency. So we did some quick currency exchange, grabbed a couple of bread rolls and went to find our train. Lucky we got some food...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Gdansk and Stutthoff Concentration Camp

You’re not gonna get a bunch of yucks from today’s blog. I’ll start with the light stuff because, once I get to the heavy stuff, I won’t feel like writing about the light stuff. First, some trivia about Poland. The Golden Age of Poland was during the 16th and 17th centuries. The country was a large kingdom, enjoying huge prosperity. Polish kings were “elected” and the king didn’t have to be a native-born Pole. Foreigners could run for election as long as they converted to Catholicism. The city of Gdansk was originally a separate state that...

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