Getting into (and around) Gdansk, Poland

How could I ignore this jewel of Eastern Europe! Besides turning West would mean turning in the direction of home and that's not in my plans just yet. Let me quickly tell you about 'two firsts' that I experienced on the airplane to get here from Germany: 1) I board the Wizz Air plane with my ticket showing seat number 7A. I knew that 'A' meant I would have the window seat which is always a good thing and especial ...

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Pensiveness at Westerplatte rewards me with afternoon fun!

I spent the first half of my day in almost complete silence pondering over the preciousness of life only for the second half to reward me with a short, but forever memorable burst of fun. In fact, I experienced these fifteen minutes of pure enjoyment on my own and therefore without the company of anyone else. Solo travel can be fun too folks and whatever preconceptions you might have, you could ...

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Malbork castle or the upside-down house?

Those were my sight-seeing options for my penultimate day here in Poland's glorious 'Tri-city' area. In saying that, both of these are located at least an hour away from Tri-city and in completely the opposite direction to each other so I only wanted to see one of them. Unsure of which to see, I asked the hostel staff for their opinions and the vote returned was unanimous; Malbork castle it wa ...

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Come to Gdansk for a weekend break!

Worked hard this year? Craving some end-of-season sunshine? Don't want to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds for the privilege? Look no further than Gdansk, Poland. As we know, from the second week of September prices generally plummet with the kids returning to school and the tourist season largely over for another year. This then, is a perfect time for you to head to north Poland for a short w ...

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Three nights and a handful of experiences in Torun

  I know I don't usually start a post with an image but that figure is Torun's most notable claim to fame with Torun being the birthplace of the astronomer, ...

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My first two days in Warsaw...

Are unlikely to be my last. In fact, I think I'm going to stay on here a further 2 or 3 more days as this capital city really does have that good a vibe about it and there is plenty to see and do here. It was the National Polish Armed Force day here recently commemorating the anniversary of the 1920s victory over Soviet Russia at the Battle of Warsaw. This event is taken very seriously with it being ...

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My last two days in Warsaw

So as I eluded in my previous post, I did indeed stay on here in Warsaw but even during this extended stay I still couldn't find the time to get to know the real history of the city. If you can't see the irony in this, let me help: Regular viewers will know that first and foremost I always get out and about to learn as much about a city as possible - or until my tiny brain has been overloaded which admittedly doesn't take very l ...

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Day 1 in picturesque Poznan

I never intended to publish my time in Poznan as two individual posts but I've taken a fair few photographs here which is why I've chosen to separate them. Poznan then, the town that Lodz really wasn't. This became evident almost immediately starting with the surrounding buildings and streets having a more polished look and feel to them. No surprise then to find men in suits and ladies in dresses and less 'film stars ...

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'A ticket to Lodz please'. Sorry, where?

Since I entered Poland those weeks ago I've been getting around the country mixing up my transportation methods between the fantastic Polski bus service and also by train. It was by train I left Warsaw to reach my next destination; a city named Lodz. But before I even boarded the train two events took place. The first needs limited text, just pictures: ...

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Day 2 in picturesque Poznan

I slept well last night and was relived to have woken with no aches or pains despite having walked somewhere between 15 and 20 kilometres yesterday! I woke naturally at 8.30am, had breakfast and was out of the door by 9.15am which has gotta be close to a hostel record!? As a conscientious traveller, I packed what I would need for my second day out the night before not wanting to disturb all other sleepers. You'd be surprised (or perha ...

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A catch-up in Wroclaw

By now I'm guessing you've all worked out why I've been in Poland for so long and how I am financing my trip???   Haha, only joking. So do you recall the ...

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To the edge of Poland, and beyond!

But unlike Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear, I actually made it to beyond as you'll see later. Oh, and that's what that slightly strange blog post image is about. First though, and as I eluded to in yesterday's post, I have a couple more surprises up my sleeve and without further ado, here is the first of them: Look folks, it's Lukas! ...

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The amazing Mother Teresa...

No, not the holy, blessed one from Calcutta. Sadly I never got to meet here but I happen to know someone worthy of bestowing the same title or description upon. I arrived in Krakow on the day that someone dear to me was coming over to visit. Normally I would plan to arrive days earlier in a city to familiarise myself with it but I had such a good time with Lukas that I certainly don't regret staying the extra night. Look ...

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Sightseeing in and around Krakow

Morning comes and the the first question on my mind was 'How did you sleep, Mum?'. 'Okay', she says, 'but I've been up since 5am. Still, that's better than the night before'. I viewed the breakfast table from a distance and couldn't hide my enjoyment the closer I got. Admittedly it was great to be able to enjoy this part of hotel life although to be fair, and as I've mentioned before, lots of hostels ...

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An end in Krakow means an end in Poland

Krakow will be my last destination in Poland folks as I have my next destination lined up. As you know, I've covered a lot of ground here but there's more to see in this sizeable country meaning these remaining to-do's will be put on my 'Next time' list which I will one-day get round to completing. (This will only be a simple text-based web-page listing what I should try and do if I ever visit that country aga ...

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Gdansk and Poland's equivilent of 'St Tropez' - Sopot

I've realised that although I've made clear by now my positive feelings towards 'Tri-city', I've not actually posted many pictures of its respective towns - until now. This, then, sets out to complete the Tri-city with pictures and information relating to both Gdansk and Sopot as later today I will here leave to head further south.   Sopot ...

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