Commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the North,” Gdansk is a popular European weekend destination filled with rich history and some of the most photogenic streets I’ve ever walked along.
On Nick’s last European tour we snuck away to Poland for a few days to check out Gdansk, a pretty little city located along the Baltic Sea in the Pomerania region of the country.
Another day, another afternoon spent climbing church towers in search of the best views. This time we’re in Gdansk at St. Mary’s Church aka the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
If there’s one type of food you have to try in Poland, it’s gotta be pierogi. Considered one of the country’s national dishes, these stuffed dumplings are a classic comfort food that have been gracing Polish dinner plates since the 13th century.
Occupying a short stretch along the Baltic sea lies Poland’s Summer capital, also known as the “Polish Riviera.
Kazimierz: The Jewish District
It’s a common misunderstanding that Kazimierz, the Jewish District, was where the Krakow Jewish Ghetto was located during WWII. The actual location of the ghetto is a short walk across the river in a district called Podgorze.
On our last day in Krakow, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the morning and had the rest of the day to check out the city.
When my grama found out we were traveling to Poland she called me up from Scotland to stress the importance of a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. She said it’s one of the most amazing places she’s ever been, and she’s been everywhere.
We don’t have many beer gardens in the States so Nick and I have been spending our afternoons checking out different ones all around the cities we’ve been. In Krakow, things took a bit of a turn when we stumbled upon Wódka, a Polish vodka tasting bar near Old Town’s main square.
Bar Mlecznys, or Polish Milk Bars, are government subsidized cafeterias from Poland’s communist past. They were places where workers could get a hot, inexpensive meal after World War II. Often times, visits to the Milk Bars were covered in the worker’s wages.