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Arrived in Lech Walesa Gdansk airport at 01.50 am on a Wizzair flight from Cork. Was met promptly by Heinrihs, whose son owns the Gotyk House Hotel, who brought me straight to the hotel in about 15 minutes. I don't speak Polish and Heinrihs doesn't speak English but we managed to get by with my rudimentary German. Couldn't do very much at 02.30 am except sleep, so some ZZZZZZs were had. Woke the next morning to have breakfast and was greeted by the lovely Agnieszka who couldn't do enough for me during my stay in the Hotel Gotyk. After breakfast decided to take a stroll around the town and to see the Crane, one of the most famous landmarks in Gdansk. The weather was just right about 6 degrees, fresh and sunny. Gdansk is a very photogenic town with beautiful buildings all rebuilt since World War 2.
Lots of quaint little shops and cafes dotted all around the Old Town, and worth a day just strolling about stopping in a watering-hole every now and again. Prices too are refreshingly low (at least compared to Ireland) and the average price for a large beer is about 6-7 zloty (pronounced zwoh tee) ABOUT 1 EURO 75 CENT!!.
Took a trip to Sopot, which is part of the Tri-City conurbation along with Gdansk and Gdynia. Sopot has a beautiful beach and wooden promenade and is said to be very lively in the Summer months with lots of bars and clubs on Monte Cassino street. A fellow tourist also told me that one of the main attractions there during the summer (at least from a male's point of view) is admiring the amount of beautiful mini-skirted and high-heeled Polish women parading up and down. Hmm ...methinks a return trip during July and August needs to be done (purely for research purposes of course).
Overall I'd recommend Gdansk and Poland in general for a 3-4 night mini-break. The people are relatively friendly and helpful, the prices are low (well compared to Western Europe) and it has lots of things to see and stuff to do. I'll be back!