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Last Day in Gdansk

Wow! What a Week

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This morning Chris and I had breakfast together. How nice it was. We even ordered pancakes, getting crepes of course. I had mine with honey and raspberry jelly. Chris had his plain. The only talks that interested Chris today were at 3:00pm, so we decided to make it our first morning together since Saturday. P7270006.jpgIMAG0312.jpgWe toured and shopped. I love finding that interesting story with a life. We found just that with a leathersmith. From the outside it looked like a petfood store, as it was, but they also made muzzles, bags, and belts. I enjoyed talking to the old couple and their daughter. IMAG0302.jpgWe happened upon two pieces of wall, one part of the Berlin Wall which fell in 1989, the other was a part of the Wall around the shipyard, where now stands the Monument to the Shipyard WorkersDSC01899.jpgDSC01901.jpg, built after a strike in 1980 and the start of the Solidarity trade union led by Lech Walea, elected President of Poland. This was most likely led to the fall of communism. We headed back the Hall for lunch, again for some lettuce and rice and other traditional dishes. Chris decided to hang around a bit and meet me back at the hotel at 4:30. I spent the entire afternoon souvenir shopping (boy, was that fun...no spoiling the fun, you'll have to wait and see, except Ms. Ella if she can guess by the picture).IMAG0313.jpg I went back to the hotel and convinced Chris to head back out quickly for two more gifts, then we came back and IMAG0316.jpgdressed our best for the banquet held in the Central Maritime Museum. DSC01912.jpgDSC01911.jpgThe canons are Russian discovered from a sunken ship.DSC01906.jpg Soldek was the first Polish ship built after WWII that was oceanready. We ate, we drank, and I even danced (with a colleague). Eager for an early morning train ride, unpacked, and tired, we headed back to the hotel and caught a most descriptive shot of the ruins in front of the beautiful old town Gdansk.IMAG0315.jpgThat's why this blog didn't make it in time. I'll be a day off for now, I'm sure.

Posted by jwhitehurst 13:36 Archived in Poland

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What beautiful pictures ! Can't begin to imagine what the REAL thing was like to experience ....

by MiMi

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