Gluttons in Gdansk

When we drove to Gdansk, Poland, we decided that we wanted to stay outside of the city itself, thinking it would be cheaper. We rolled into a little town on the coast of the Baltic Sea called Sopot, which turned out to be an expensive resort town. We inquired at a few different hotels who quoted us 100 dollars per night, per room. By the grace of God, we found some very cheap and very rustic (though clean) cabins NEXT to a nice hotel. They were equipped with two rooms and a bathroom:

And that night, when the drunk party animals in the cabin behind ours kept us up till all hours of the night, we comforted ourselves by thinking about ALLLLL that money we were saving!

The next day, we took a short commuter train into the city of Gdansk (which used to be called Danzig when it belonged to Germany for all of you history buffs out there). This is what the city looked like by the end of WWII:

Here's what it looks like today:

We hadn't been walking around for too long before we seized the opportunity to pig out on some pierogies:

Then we went into a very small museum and saw the tallest tile stove in Europe. Over ten meters high!

As it turned out, there were a lot of tall things to see in Gdansk; next we climbed 406 steps up to the top of the oldest brick church in Europe (St. Mary's Cathedral). Here's the view looking down on the church spires:

Here's the rest of the town from above:

At the very end of the day, we went back to Sopot and Max and I walked to the touristy/happenin' place by the beach. We bought a whole bag of Haribo candy from those colorful bins and ate them on the beach as the sun was setting on the Baltic Sea. I don't have a picture of that, but let me assure you it was a sight and taste to remember!!


Anonymous said...

The mere mention of the Baltic Sea brings romance, culture, ethnic issues, world history, war, and a host of other things to my mind. It is so nice you are there during peace-time and not WWII and your goals are sight-seeing, food, and pastry...very coool and thank you for taking the time to send pictures about things I only read about...

Randy et Jan said...

I think that was my favorite place....other than the cabin that is! Mom

ms-teacher said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I have really enjoyed reading and living vicariously through you as you travel Europe. Call me envious ;)

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