Poland - Westerplatte and Sopot

We spend the second day of our 3-day weekend in Gdansk exploring Westerplatte and the nearby beach town of Sopot.  We walked from the Scandic Hotel to the Motława River.  En route, we passed this curious sculpture and partially destroyed brick wall.
We boarded a pirate ship bound for Westerplatte where the Germans first attacked Poland during World War II.
Along the way, we passed reminders of Gdansk's past as we sailed by the now quiet shipyards.
The alphabet in graffiti adorned a low wall along the river.
We soon arrived in Westerplatte and made our way to the beach to look out at the Baltic Sea.  The water was cold but inviting so we dipped our toes in.
We walked along a nearby trail past some of the relics and memorials of World War II.

We noticed that the rocks along the beach had rebar sticking out.  It looked to be debris rather than material placed there deliberately -- another reminder of the senseless destruction that this area once experienced.
We re-boarded our ship and passed this line of handsome and colorful tugboats.
Our jaunty captain looked the part as he steered the vessel -- Argh, matie!
One of the sailors broke out his guitar and serenaded us on the return voyage.
We got an even better view of the medieval crane from the water.
We debarked, walked to the central train station, and boarded the local commuter train to Sopot.
We stopped for lunch at a restaurant called Pinokio.  Unfortunately, the restaurant didn't live up to our expectations.  The service was really slow.  It took more than 45 minutes for our food to arrive. 
When the food did arrive, we were a bit surprised to see it staring back at us.  I'll admit, the fish was tasty but wasn't worth the wait.
We walked down the main pedestrian thoroughfare toward the water.  I looked up and spotted this tightrope-walking sculpture.
Since lunch was disappointing, we decided to make up for it by treating ourselves to an ice cream cone.  A little lody will fix anything :-)
Just like Gdansk, the manhole covers are intricately stamnped with the town name.
Shops and vendors ringed the area along the boardwalk.  I liked this black cat sitting beside a seafaring painting.
The boardwalk in Sopot is quite long (guidebooks suggest that it's more than a mile long but I think that's a bit of an exaggeration).  We had to pay a modest fee (2 złoty) for the privilege of strolling along the Baltic's longest wooden boardwalk.   
We sat on the beach and watched the waves lapping in gently.
In the air I heard a buzzing sound and looked up to see a parasailer flying by.  It looked really dangerous.
Walking back to the train station, I saw an old woman selling garlic.  I thought that was a bit unusual.  I smelled her before I saw her.
We had dinner on Dlurgi Targ back in Gdansk at Velevetka.  We ate outside despite a nip in the air in full view of the Neptune fountain.  The polish sausage was delicious and a fantastic conclusion to our second day in Poland.
Here are a few maps covering the places we walked on this Sidewalk Safari.
View Westerplatte + Sopot in a larger map
View Westerplatte + Sopot in a larger map
View Westerplatte + Sopot in a larger map



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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Poland - Westerplatte and Sopot
Poland - Westerplatte and Sopot
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
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