Trip Pulse: We loved Tricity by the Baltic Sea

The travel gods are back with us.

It was a sign! We met one of Poland’s most intriguing travel personalities on the streets of Gdańsk: Wojciech Cejrowski who traveled much of the world barefoot … . We bought his book with his autograph and inscription … Now it’s our turn … But not necessarily barefoot:-)

Martin is happy after meeting Wojtek Cejrowski, the travel guru

We also met the members of a great busking band from Katowice, Cocotier who play a fusion of flamenco, jazz and folk. They performed this weekend during the Dominican Fair (Jarmarki Dominikanskie) an annual street festival in Gdańsk that’s been taking place there since 1260!

We loved the city of Gdańsk or Danzig, depending which part of its thousand-year history you decide to look at. Completely rebuilt after its Soviet ‘liberation’ after the war, the city today explodes with vitality, nightlife, restaurants and the most amazing scenery.

Here are some interesting facts about Tricity:

  • Gdańsk was an independent state before WWII
  • Hitler used the independent status and the internal conflicts of Gdańsk’s citizens as one excuse to invade Poland. He attacked the Polish troops 1 September 1939 off the Gdańsk coast, beginning WWII
  • Gdańsk is the birthplace of Solidarność and their leader Lech Wałesa at the Gdańsk Shipyards. The Solidarność movement had a big impact on the fall of communism in Central Europe.
  • Sopot is not only one of the most beautiful Baltic resort towns that hosted such personalities as John II Casimir and Emperor Wilhelm II, but is also home to the strangest building in the world called the Crooked House (Krzywy Domek)
  • We walked to Gdynia by the beach from Sopot and we really enjoyed the rustic untouristy beaches surrounded by a protected park…Gdynia is the most modern out of the three cities as it evolved from a small fishing village into one of the most influential sea ports on the Baltyk
  • P.S. My parents (Martin’s) lived in Gdańsk in the 70’s and it’s possible I was conceived there:)

    P.P.S. Avoid travel on trains (PKP) during long weekends! It was an unwelcome adventure.

    Have you been to Gdansk or the Tricity area in Poland? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

    Here are our pictures from our visit to Gdansk: