Day trips from Gdansk
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Saturday 15th March 2008
We had big plans for our Saturday so after a little sleep in and giant breakfast we set off to find Westerplatte. We managed to find the bus stop without too much trouble, but because we can’t read Polish we couldn’t find out that the bus did not actually stop there on a Saturday. So we went off towards the waterfront where we had noticed a sign for a ferry to the peninsula, but along the way found a tourist information who directed us to a bus stop where the bus actually did stop on the weekend. So we walked through what seemed like the back roads, past a very scary looking police station with dogs and all to catch the bus. Westerplatte is a peninsula north of Gdansk where the first shots of World War Two were fired, when the Nazi German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired at the polish garrison on the coast. A monument has been erected on the sight and there is a beach beyond the rubble which would have been look outs along the coast.
When we got back to town we grabbed a coffee and then headed out for our second adventure, we bought train tickets to the beachside town of Sopot. We couldn’t figure out which platform we were supposed to be on and actually found our way onto a flashy inter-city train before someone checked our tickets and semi-directed us to the train we were meant to be on. After some confusion we managed to get on a train to Sopot and the short trip proved well worth the 2 zlotys we paid for the tickets. As you walked into town from the train station we came across the pretty St Georges Church which directs you towards Bohaterow Monte Cassino, the main promenade of the town. The walk was a lot less historic than the main street we had seen in Gdansk and Krakow, but the atmosphere was beautiful. The walk was lined with restaurants and cafes. We passes the univertical house also known as the ‘drunken house’ which was built in 2003, based on the architecture on Antoni Gaudi, it looks like something from Alice in Wonderland. We stopped close to the end of the walk, near the monument to the fishermen, for lunch at a diner, before walking down to the waterfront. The shore hosts a huge wooden pier, which is the longest pier in Europe a whopping 511m long taking you literally into the ocean. At the end of the pier the water is so dark it gives you an idea of how far away from the shore you are. We wandered around Sopot for a little longer and debated going further along to Gdynia, but by then the sun was going down and it didn’t seem worth it in the dark. So we went back to Gdansk and found ourselves in Galleria Madison again. We decided to explore a bit off the Royal route for our final meal and found a great little cafe called barracuda where we had dinner, which we followed up with a sundae before heading back for the last time.
Sunday 16th March 2008
It was a bit sad being our last day in Poland, possibly ever, as we packed our things and headed off to the airport, we agreed that we has seen as much of Gdansk and anyone could and as much as we had enjoyed both trips it probably would be the last time we would be in Poland.