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Summer Adventures in Poland + on the Baltic Sea

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I needed some adventure this summer - preferably by the sea - and many friends told me that Gdansk, Poland was a lovely coastal city... And they were absolutely right, it is gorgeous.

The Old City of Gdansk was 90% destroyed during WWII. After the war, the city was carefully reconstructed stone by stone using historical photographs and drawings. The beauty of Gdansk today is a testament to the strength and willpower of the Polish people to rebuild their city, a process which took decades.

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Gdansk had a magical atmosphere in the early morning light

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while everything was quiet and the shadows fell across the historical facades.

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The evening light was equally rich and glowing +  this was the view from my apartment window.

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I adore the sea, and even though the water was quite cold, I always find the salt air and sun refreshing.

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One day we took a ferry ride over to the Hel Peninsula

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where we spent another day playing in the sea and sand

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and we were greeted by a fantastic sunset upon our return to Gdansk.

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I loved the Polish pierogi dumplings - filled with mushrooms, cheese, spinach, pork, sauerkraut, and potatoes - all so good!

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On our final days in Gdansk this colorful knitted tree made me smile -

and of course my sweet girlies too!

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After a short weekend break at home, I was off again - this time with adventures of my own...

I visited the car-free island of Hiddensee, Germany which was very peaceful and relaxed,

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and the historic town of Stralsund which has charming historic architecture

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in the typical Hanseatic style.

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There were also colorful, little cottages to discover in hidden courtyards

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and big fancy historical boats in the harbor

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some with regional names :)

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In Stralsund, I discovered a knitted door! 

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I thought this was quite a fascinating display, and it made me wonder who lives there?

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The next stop on my Baltic Sea adventure tour was the city of Binz on the island of Ruegen.

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Here I found clean, wide beaches to wander along

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cute white wicker beach chairs to protect one from the wind

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and this super cool lifeguard tower from 1968, designed by East German architect Ulrich Muether.

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The streets of Binz are lined with old-fashioned wooden Victorian style houses

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with lots of fine "gingerbread" details and windows.

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Some looked almost like little fairytale villas, fancy and cozy at the same time :)

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I hope you've enjoyed my Baltic Sea tour today!

This summer I loved unplugging and spending time with my family in Poland -
but it was also good to be on the road by myself for a few days too.

I realized that I truly need to see the ocean at least once a year, 
and since the Baltic Sea is only a 3 hour train ride from Berlin, 
I'm planning to make these trips to the sea a regular practice :)

How were your summer adventures this year?

Greetings from back in Berlin,

xoxo

Stephanie