GDANSK, POLAND – A WONDERFULLY MYSTICAL PLACE

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Gdansk’s River Front Embankment

May 14, 2015

Gdansk , Poland  was my last stop before going  home and what a breathtaking stop it was!   It sits on the Baltic Coast and is an awe-inspiring, medieval, nautical city.   Gdansk can be traced back to 997 and,  obviously, has a very long history of events.  In 1793 it became part of Poland and flash-forward to  September 1, 1939,  Hitler started WWII  when he invaded Gdansk.  The city suffered major destruction  during WWII and has been rebuilding  ever since.  Most of the reconstruction replicates Gdansk’s  ” Golden Age”  of the 16th and 17 century.

Hope you enjoy the introductory photos…….

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15 century crane, The Zurah,   was used  for loading ships, up-righting masks and picking up  ships for repair to the capacity of 4 tons.  It was originally powered by men walking inside  2 huge wooden wheels – very similar to a hamster wheel.  Today it belongs to the Maritime Museum.

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Statue of Neptune, god of the sea,  sits in Long Square.

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Samplings of the beautiful “burgher mansions” on Dlugi Targ.

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Random residential side street while strolling about.

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16th century Armory

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Enough of the buildings – also Polish is the bird  of the day – a Magpie.

steal this dog

And, look at this darling  little face – my  last thought as I walked back to the hotel  was how  could I lure this dog away from it’s owner and get it back to the US.

Stay tuned – more of Gdansk to come…

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