Sztutowo - Pretty Beach on the Baltic Sea, Amber and Freezing water

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Entrance to Stutthoff concentration camp.

We looked for a place with beach access all along the road heading back from Piaski to towards Jantar (also another Polish word, like Bursztyn, for amber), but didn’t see one until we reached Sztutowo again.  It turns out that this is the location of the first of all of the Nazi concentration / death camps.  There is a museum as well, but it was closed. 

 

We looked through the fence and then continued back on our way to find a Baltic Beach. I didn’t much feel like visiting the concentration camp museum today anyway.  Auschwitz a couple weekends ago still is there in my mind. 

 

Finally we made it to the beach.

A beautiful beach with extremely fine, white sand and pieces of driftwood scattered here and there.  I always look along the shore for shells and what I at first thought were little pieces of broken glass were actually pieces of amber.  I picked up a bunch of small bead sized pieces in various shades from dark red to pale yellow.  The beach was practically deserted - not much tourism this time of year - and it was very peaceful, sunny and quiet. 

 

I guess I caught "amber fever" because I spent the majority of the time scrutinizing the sand looking for these tiny pieces of amber!  As far as swimming goes - no way! For two reasons: first the water is amazingly cold and second it is something like the color of weak tea.... 

 

Later I learned that you can make a kind of "Nalewka" out of these little pieces of amber by putting them in alcohol.

Stairs up from the beach back into the forest
They tell me that it has some sort of medicinal purposes...  I won't be drinking my amber bits though!  Also they can be burned with a candle which is supposed to smell nice, but I won't be doing that either!! :-)  It took this stuff millions of years to fossilize... No way, I'm not burning it or drinking it! 

 

We walked along the beach for well over an hour and I managed to collect a small handful of these little grains of amber.  Theres' a picture around here somewhere... There are contests during the summer to see who can collect the most.  I'm not sure what I'll do with mine... But I had a nice afternoon on the beach collecting it.

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Driftwood on the beach at Sztutowo.
Driftwood on the beach at Sztutowo.
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Pieces of amber on the beach.
Pieces of amber on the beach.
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