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.
Gdansk had a magical atmosphere in the early morning light
while everything was quiet and the shadows fell across the historical facades.
The evening light was equally rich and glowing + this was the view from my apartment window.
I adore the sea, and even though the water was quite cold, I always find the salt air and sun refreshing.
One day we took a ferry ride over to the Hel Peninsula
where we spent another day playing in the sea and sand
and we were greeted by a fantastic sunset upon our return to Gdansk.
I loved the Polish pierogi dumplings - filled with mushrooms, cheese, spinach, pork, sauerkraut, and potatoes - all so good!
On our final days in Gdansk this colorful knitted tree made me smile -
and of course my sweet girlies too!
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,
and the historic town of Stralsund which has charming historic architecture
in the typical Hanseatic style.
There were also colorful, little cottages to discover in hidden courtyards
and big fancy historical boats in the harbor
some with regional names :)
In Stralsund, I discovered a knitted door!
I thought this was quite a fascinating display, and it made me wonder who lives there?
The next stop on my Baltic Sea adventure tour was the city of Binz on the island of Ruegen.
Here I found clean, wide beaches to wander along
cute white wicker beach chairs to protect one from the wind
and this super cool lifeguard tower from 1968, designed by East German architect Ulrich Muether.
The streets of Binz are lined with old-fashioned wooden Victorian style houses
with lots of fine "gingerbread" details and windows.
Some looked almost like little fairytale villas, fancy and cozy at the same time :)
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,